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Carlow Pride of Place Competition

The Carlow Pride of Place competition is organised annually by Carlow County Council. There is a special section in the competition for schools. Every school in the county can participate. This initiative encourages schools to demonstrate the pride they take in their surroundings and the activities undertaken by pupils and teachers to improve their environment.

In addition to our front garden, over the years we have developed various other areas in our school grounds – sensory garden, raised bed area for vegetables, herb garden, pond area, cottage and rose garden and wildflower area. We are also very fortunate to have many native trees in the school grounds. These areas are extremely useful and allow the children to have hands-on experiences when learning Geography and Science. We also have an After-School Gardening Club and the pupils willingly work in the gardens – continuously developing and maintaining them.

Results Carlow Pride of Place 2015
On 22 October 2015 the Carlow Pride of Place competition results were announced at a function in the Lord Bagenal Hotel Leighlinbridge. There was great excitement when the school was announced as the winner of the schools section. This competition was judged in June and the school gardens, the work being done on recycling and bio-diversity, the involvement of the children in all of these activities and the general upkeep of the school was judged. This is the fourth time the school has won the award in recent years.

Three children from the Green Schools Committee were selected to represent the school at the event – Tom, Meaghan and Emma. They were delighted to meet Anne Phelan Minister of State with responsibility for Rural Affairs and local TD Pat Deering. They were also interviewed by KCLR about their work in the school gardens and spoke with confidence – like real professionals – possibly the Radio/TV personalities of the future!

Our prize was €400 and it will be put to good use in further developing the school gardens. When the extension is completed we will have to return the area with our sensory garden and herb garden to its former glory so we will need lots of money!

Working in the school gardens is a valuable aspect of our curriculum work. The children learn Science, Geography and SPHE in their environment. They learn the importance of environmental care, of biodiversity and the beauty of nature.
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