Biodiversity and Nature in Learning 🐝🦋🕷🐌🌲💐🍂💦

It’s great to know our ‘green’ and ‘biodiversity‘ work is happening beyond Green Committee and our TY Environment group. As we all know biodiversity is everywhere and we did a little research to find out where we have been learning and using biodiversity across the curriculum this term.

All Second Year Science students have just completed studying a unit on biodiversity. Ms Larney’s group presented projects on the areas that most interested them.  While Fifth Year biology students visited the zoo as part of their ecology studies. First Year art students are currently working on books using autumn and nature as their theme. We got a look at them and they’re fabulous. Well done to the students and their teachers Ms Bowe and Ms Kearney. Our home economic students have been informed on the importance of reducing food and packaging wastage as they cook. 👨‍🍳

Of course we’re not the only ones inspired by nature. Not surprisingly all the great writers and poets often use nature in their literature. Fifth Year Gaeilge students have just completed studying a poem by Caitlin Maude called ‘Géibheann’. 🐅 In this poem she uses nature as a metaphor to express her feelings about life. Sixth Year Irish students revised the poem ‘Mo Ghrá-Sa’ by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. This is a lovely romantic and upbeat poem, where Nuala uses the simplicity of nature to explain why she loves her ‘ordinary’ partner. 💑

 

Second Year English students are studying ‘Of Mice and Men’. Ms Keenan explained to us that this novel contains vivid descriptions of nature in the opening and closing chapters. Sixth Year English students have been studying the poetry of Robert Frost this term. He’s often referred to as a ‘nature poet’ 🌳

Ms Murphy and Ms O’Toole took advantage of Green Week last week to focus on biodiversity as a theme in French class. Ms Murphy’s class spent a whole class learning about biodiversity and watched some short videos explaining it’s importance. Ms O’Toole’s class worked on biodiversity as a theme for their oral document. 🦋🦅

First year business students were studying sustainability and how their buying decisions impact others all around the world. Ms O’Sullivan and Ms Harding explained to us that the students were fascinated when they learned about renewable and non renewable resources and the importance of balancing the social,economic and environmental systems for the well being of our current generations and those to come in the future. ♻️

The religion department used leaves and a tree to prepare for the month of November which is the month of remembrance. The tree will be displayed in reception and all classes will be taking part in a liturgy around the tree. The tree is already being displayed beside the oratory and it’s stunning. 🌲

Ms Walsh‘s CSPE class researched and presented projects on biodiversity . They are displayed in her room and really worth a look. Well done girls and Ms Walsh 🍂🍁🍃🌿

 

Finally our students have been embracing biodiversity on many of our school trips this year. As we mentioned already Fifth Year biology students visited the zoo. We in the Green Committee were welcomed to Saint Enda’s. Our TYs enjoyed a wet day at the Ploughing Championships and First Years visited Pine Forest a few weeks ago. Not to mention of course the Walk Rathfarnham for Rumbek’ which the school council organised . 🌍

Thanks to all staff and students who have been keeping us up to date with all the great work you‘ve been covering in class. I think we can safely say that the theme of biodiversity has bee widely discussed and enjoyed in Beaufort this term. 🐝