Blasket have been given the responsibility of looking after the school's window boxes.
Firstly we carried the boxes into the classroom and carefully removed the dead plants, shaking off the soil.
We travelled to a local nursery, O’Neills in Carlingford, and selected the most beautiful bedding plants.
Back in school we all helped to transplant the flowers into the window boxes, wishing well and planters for the front door. We carefully removed the pots, teased out the roots and planted the flowers. We will now maintain the flowers by watering regularly.
Over the past few weeks Blasket have been working on our ‘Herb’ project. We asked staff members to bring in empty food tins so that we could ‘recycle’ them. We decided to use them as containers for herbs.
As the weather was cold outside we used the Art room to work in. We carefully painted each tin in a bright vibrant colour – it took a few layers to get an even cover.
Thankfully the weather is getting warmer and we can work outside in Horticulture again. We filled our tins with soil and carefully placed the little herbs inside.
We will decorate each tin with a label and then practice our money skills when we sell the herb tins back to staff members.
We have really enjoyed working on this great ‘recycling’ project.
Blasket are beginning to learn about ‘life cycles’. We started with cress seeds. We used lovely little window green houses. We followed step by step instructions. Firstly we placed cotton wool into the pouches, carefully sprinkled in cress seeds and then watered the seeds. We stuck the green houses onto our classroom window so that the sun could help germinate the seeds. The cress grew quickly.
Blasket welcomed the sunny weather by watering all the beautiful flowers at the front of the school. We used the ‘water butt’ in the front yard to fill watering cans, we then carefully made sure every flower had enough water for the next few days.
Every week we practice our life, social and money skills at the schools snack shack. We use Lamh and speech to request a snack and interact with the ‘shop’ keepers. We have to look at the different coins and select the one we need to pay for the snack. We reinforce this skill every week in the real world when we walk to Dunnes with our shopping lists to buy ingredients for our Home Economics.
Over the past few weeks Blasket have been practicing our life skills. Every week we walk to the bus stop and catch the local service bus. We choose a safe seat and enjoy the journey into town. We have visited different cafés in town. We sit together and look at the menu, we order a snack, practice our cutlery skills, chat and finally pay the bill. We walk carefully back to the bus station and practise crossing the road safely. These sessions are so great and help us develop so many of our life skills.
We have been so lucky to spend the last ten weeks travelling down to DKIT to take part in an active sports programme. The 3rd level students there were so great at encouraging us to take part in a very well planned structured programme of sports and games. We joined the L2LP group and all worked really well together.
This week we made buns. We carefully weighed out the flour and sieved it into the bowl. Everyone took turns ‘rubbing in’ the mixture. One egg was broken into the bowl. We used a jug to measure and pour the milk into the dry ingredients. We all used a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients together. Carefully we put the mixture into bun cases. As the buns cooked in the oven, we all helped with the clean up. There were dishes to wash and dry, surfaces to be wiped and the floor to be brushed. Students are invited to make buns at home over the weekend and send photos into school.
Everyone in Blasket had a wonderful day celebrating for St Patrick's day.
During the week we made concertina style snakes in Art and for Home Economics we walked to Dunnes and bought different coloured jelly – green, white and orange. We all dressed up and joined the whole school in the church for a special blessing of the shamrocks from Fr Sean. We paraded back to school and joined in a wonderful afternoon of Irish music and dance. We danced to traditional music, played by students from DKIT and staff members. We enjoyed watching a solo by a great Irish dancer who is also the sister of one of our students – she was very proud.