Ecology on the Greenway

Ms Gough’s Biology students found their niche on the #Greenway recently as they completed their Ecology Field Study. The class headed out, armed with their quadrats and clipboards to complete a quantitative study of ecosystems & habitats. They took all the theoretical knowledge they have been building up and applied it in the field as they identified various forms of flora and fauna. Well done girls.


Geography Field Trip

Our 6th Year Geographers also got to grips with experiential learning on Tuesday October 5th. They travelled the short distance to the village of Ballykeeran to complete their Field Study which is worth 20% of their final Grade. The students carried out an investigation into the processes of transportation and deposition in the Breensford River. They were well prepared for this immersive experience as they donned their wellies and waders and took to the water. It was a good thing too! Recent rainfall had increased depth and flow. The girls used a variety of techniques and apparatus. They measured the river’s velocity. They carried out a bedload analysis and tested the solution of the water in order to highlight the presence of transportation from the upper to the lower course of the river. Having completed their fluvial study and gathered and recorded their data, the girls will now reflect on the process as they write up their report booklets. Thank you to Ms Shanley and Mr Barrett who travelled with the girls and guided them through the day’s analysis. Thank you also to Mr John Kelly who facilitated access to the river at Lough Ree East Caravan and Camping Park.


Art Gallery Tour

Our 6th Year Art students travelled to Dublin on Tuesday October 12th to visit the National Gallery, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as part of their study of Art History and Appreciation. They received guided tours at all three venues and learned a lot from their passionate and knowledgeable guides. They were very fortunate to gain entry to the Jack B Yates exhibit on the day, as it had been booked out when plans were initially made. They came away with a more in-depth understanding of the artists and their pieces and are looking forward to putting this experience to good use as they prepare for their written paper in June. Thank you to Art teacher Mrs Kelly and Ms Kenny for travelling with the girls on the day.