Monday, 19 June 2017

St. Patricks Boys National School Skibbereen win Muintir na Tire Cork School Garden of the Year

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 St. Patricks Boys National School Skibbereen win Muintir na Tire Cork School Garden of the Year

St. Patricks Boys National School Skibereen have won the  Muintir na Tire Cork School Garden of the Year at the Cork School Garden Awards at Cork County Hall today
 School Garden of the Year. Winners  St. Patrick's Skibbereen Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, Ian O Driscoll Rowan O Driscoll, Frankie Murphy Brian Granaghan and Alan Foley.


The green-fingered children, from all classes of the school, have helped create a sensory path and garden, a zen garden, a living tunnel leading to its own willow dome, and a series of raised vegetable beds, one for each class in the school, which features everything from sweetcorn to onions and potatoes.
Inside, their  Geodome over two hundred boys grow everything from bananas and tea plants to avocado, melons, tomatoes, and squash, as well as a selection of colourful but deadly carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap and pitcher plant.
The Geodome at  St. Patricks Boys National School Skibereen 

Staff and pupils have worked very hard on their garden. Each class has its own vegetable bed, on which the children and their teacher grow a selection of vegetables, berries, and even flowers.
Junior infants, for example cultivate sunflowers and strawberries, first-class pupils grow onions and shallots, while sixth-class pupils concentrate on potatoes. They have also planted an orchard and fruit bushes.





 The Bug Hotel at St. Patricks Boys National School Skibereen


The Sensory Path at St. Patricks Boys National School Skibereen


The Zen Garden at  St. Patricks Boys National School Skibereen


 Raised Beds at St. Patricks Boys National School Skibereen

Their garden has many other memorable elements other than food production, Biodiversity, Upcycling, Colour and Art fun and play as well as learning opportunities for each class.

The garden includes many features to encourage wildlife and biodiversity. The pupils are very mindful of the plight of all their tiny friends – especially the bees and they developed a ‘wild patch’ to help our tiny creatures. They have also developed a nature walk to encourage biodiversity.
Upcycling is also important here with composting and rainwater harvesting employed to great effect.  Colour is achieved by reusing everyday items as sculpture and art in the garden and the garden offers many opportunities for fun and play. There is also natural amphitheatre, which doubles as an outdoor classroom.
West Cork Schools did very well this year with Muinefliuch NS,  Rusheen NS, Scoil na Buachaillí Clonakilty, Timoleague NS, Scoil Abán Naofa Ballyvourney and Scoil Mhuire Schull all winning Special Awards
Others in West Cork who did well were Scoil Phadraig Naofa Bandon, Aghabullogue Scoil Mhaoi Iosa Knockavilla,  Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig, Ardfield NS Ballymoney NS,  Ballyheada NS,  Scoil Mhuire Rosscarbery,  Rath NS Baltimore and  Ballyheada NS
Top Gardens in South and East Cork included Scoil Clochair Mhuire Carrigtwohil, School Of the Divine Child Ballintemple, St Marys Special School Rochestown, St Columbus GNS Douglas and St John the Baptist NS Midleton. Other schools from South Cork included Cobh Mixed NS, Gaelscoil Ui Eigeartaig Cobh and  Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil Glanmire.
North Cork was also among the winners with,Banteer NS Gaelscoil Thomás Daibhis Mallow, CBS MitchelstownScoil  Ballyhooley NS, Conna NS all doing well  while the following schools also did well Vicarstown NS, Scoil Chroí Iosa Blarney, Coachford NS, Ballygiblin NS, Rathduff Ns
Mr Sean Holland Muintir na Tire said the standard was getting better each year making it very difficult for the judges. He thanked The Environment and Heritage sections of Cork County Council and our friends in Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey who give us great help at every stage of the competition.




The Results

Commended School Gardens 2017
Vicarstown NS
Glandore NS
Scoil Chroí Iosa Blarney
Scoil Mhuire Rosscarbery
Coachford NS
Ballycroneen NS
Cobh Mixed NS
Gaelscoil Ui Eigeartaig Cobh
Ballygiblin NS
Rathduff Ns
Ballyheada NS
Highly Commended School Gardens 2017
Scoil Phadraig Naofa Bandon
Aghabullogue NS
Ballyhooley NS
Scoil mhaoi Iosa Knockavilla Ns
Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig
Conna NS
Ballymoney NS
St Marys Special School Rochestown
Ardfield NS
Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil Glanmire
Rath NS
Kilcredan NS
Special Awards
Best Small Garden
Joint Winners
Gaelscoil ThomásDaibhis Mallow

CBS Mitchelstown
Best Biodiversity Garden
Muinefliuch NS
Most Innovative Garden
School of the Divine Child Ballintemple
Griffins Garden Centre
Best Bee Friendly Garden
Scoil Chlochair Mhuire, Carrigtwohill
Best Food Production Garden
Rusheen NS
Best Upcycling Garden
Scoil na Buachaillí  Clonakilty
Best Colour and Art Garden
Joint Winners
Timoleague NS

Scoil Aban Naofa Ballymaceera
Best Fun and Play Garden
Banteer NS
Most improved Garden
Scoil Mhuire Schull
Best New Garden
Joint Winners
St Columbas GNS Douglas

St John the Baptist NS Midleton
School Garden Of The Year

St. Patricks Boys National School Skibereen

Best Small Garden. Joint Award. GS Thomais Daighis, Mallow Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire,  Treasa Ni Choileáin, Mary Collins, Marc Breathnach and Padraig Baród O Gamhna

Best Small Garden. Joint Award. CBS Mitchelstown. Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Gavin Carey Teacher, Owen Kenneally, Kieran Browne,and Simon Whelan.



Most Innovative Garden Award. Divine Child, Ballintemple. Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Krzyztof Gygan, Mateusz Kaczmarek, Siobhán Browne, Shane Lynch and Mary O Hanlon Deputy Principal.

Griffins Garden Centre Bee Friendly Award. Scoil Clochar Mhuire Carrigtwohill. Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, Marie Crowley Teacher, Andrea Solnar, Favour Pedro, Marrianne Crowley, Alex Kusz, Ella O Brien, Saoirse Quinlan, and Amelia Makowska.

Food Production Award. Rusheen NS. Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey ,Jessie Murphy, Liam Mc Sweeney and Michael O Riordan.

Best Upcycling award. Scoil na mBuachailli, Clonakilty Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, Mario Qokaj, Oscar Kingston,and  Jessie Craig  

Best Colour and Art. Joint Winner Timoleague. Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council,  Mirim Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, Emma, Tara and Sarah Jackson Hegarty 

Best Colour and Art. Joint Winner Baile Mhic Ira, Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, Fíona De Róiste, Maire Ni Luasa, Ciara Ni Chriodain  and Siobhain Ni Luasa

Best Fun and Play Award Banteer.NS. Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre, Saoirse Foley, Clíona Barrett, Bernie O Connor and Eileen Fitzgerald.

 Most Improved, Schull. Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, Amy Lawson, Heidi Hogan and Ms. O Sullivan.

Best New Entry, Joint Winner. St. Columba's Douglas. Included in Photo are County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, also included are pupils and Teacher Coleen Forsyth.

Best New Entry, Joint Winner. St. John the Baptist, Midleton. Included in Photo are Pupils and Teachers and  County Mayor Seamus McGrath Mary Stack Cork County Council  Annette Lane Muintir na Tire, Conor Nelligan Cork County Council, Miriam Dillon Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey, 

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