The Junior Room went to Dunshaughlin Library recently to meet author Juanita Browne. Juanita is a zoologist, science communicator, and writer. Her session introduced the children to our wonderful Irish wildlife, using props, animal images and sounds. Juanita also gave us an insight into her work, books, and natural history documentaries for RTE television and radio. Her book “My First Book of Irish Animals” was shortlisted for the Literacy Association of Ireland’s Children’s Book Award 2015. She in turn was very impressed with our knowledge of our native animals!
The Roald Dahl Sessions – Story teller Wayne O’ Connor brought to life the anarchic work of the much-loved author, Roald Dahl. The session combined high energy storytelling, live drawing and audience participation. The Middle Room were full of the joys of Dahl’s characters, excitement and fun when they got back to school following their visit to Dunshaughlin Library during their Autumn Book Festival. Jonathan reported back to Mrs B. after school: “Mrs Bockett, Wayne O’ Connor is an amazing actor!”
Over the past few years we’ve been enjoying our Autumn Big Day Out each September – this year was no exception. We thought we couldn’t top our trip to the Botanic Gardens but we did! Airfield Estate in Dundrum is a proper working farm. We learned about jersey cows, care of hens, the everyday breeds and exotic ones too, goat- farming, herb gardens, pond life, insect life and much more. We saw vintage Rolls Royces and some of us got to dress up in period costume.
How do we distinguish a milking cow from a cow reared for its meat? Anyone remember? What has it got to do with Kim Kardashian!!?
Bhí an lá againn. Is breá linn an Fómhar!
On Thursay October 22nd the junior room went to Trim Library to see author Gillian Perdue. Gillian is the author of Conor’s Cowboy Suit and many other children’s books An Buachaill Bó, Conor’s Canvas and many more titles. The Children got to line dance and wear cowboy hats, it was a very enjoyable experience for the children and the teachers too!
We’ve kept up our tradition of the ‘Big Day Out’ in September. Last year we stayed close to home at Dalgan Park but this year we went ‘exotic’! Ben’s dad made it possible for all of us to go along to the spectacular Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Thank you Paddy!
We had a great day in the gorgeous autumn sunshine. We saw and learned about lots of exotic and unusual plants… coffee, banana, the gigantic redwood tree, bamboo, sugar-cane, etc… And we had fun in the cactus house! Mrs Bockett was looking tired and worn out and was invited to sit down by the boys of Rang a 6… on the Mother-in-Law’s seat! (See below!)
We loved all the very unusual sculptures that were on exhibition too! We love our Big Days Out!