Here’s an update on the work being done at the schools who took part in the Mary Aikenhead Care of the Earth Project for the Bicentenary Year of the Congregation.
Primary Six Class, Roma Girls Primary School had a beautiful vegetable garden – onions, cabbages, and carrots. They showed Sr. Mairéad around when she visited Zambia in October. They also planted palm trees in the grounds and are hoping that despite the lack of water these will survive.
Mary Aikenhead Primary School, Kabwata – they used the money to buy gardening tools, compost, seeds and trees. Although the school had huge difficulties with water during the year they did have a crop of cabbages. Unfortunately, the palm trees they planted outside the school to beautify the environment died owing to the lack of water.
Glór na Mara continued with extra activities, planting potatoes, cabbages, lettuce. They participated in the Walk on Wednesday, and they visited the sea shore with N. O’Sullivan from Green Peace to learn about marine biology.
Gardiner Street Primary School, Dublin planted flowers in old running shoes and they set up an ‘insect hotel’.
Stanhope Street, Primary School also had a problem with water and were unable to seed an area of grass as planned. They planted flowers in pots and put them around the school to beautify the environment.
Sacred Heart Nursery/Primary School, Ozoro – the programme was delayed because the rains arrived later than usual. In July the pupils planted maize in the school garden. When Sr. Mary Christian visited the school in November the maize had already been harvested.
Nazareth Nursery/Primary School, Festac hope to continue with the project throughout 2016. They have formed an Environmental & Science Club and already thirty pupils have signed up for the club. The pupils learned the song Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Well done to all the schools for taking part. Congratulations to the teachers who took on the organizing, the parents who assisted and all the pupils for their efforts. Your certificates will be presented shortly and we encourage you to continue with the good work!