The Parents Association of Scoil Mhuire National School in Carrigtwohill is hoping to organise a Garden Committee. Over the years the school garden has become overrun and plans are being put in place which, it is hoped, will revive it and bring it back to its former glory.
Speaking with The East Cork Journal Evelyn McCarthy, Chairperson of the Parents Association said, “We’re looking for green-fingered volunteers from the local community to help us create an outdoor fun and education space for the pupils. Parents, grandparents, relatives or anyone really from the community who is interested in getting and keeping our garden back on track, would be most welcome. It is hoped that separate patches could be dedicated to each class, where they can learn to cultivate and grow vegetables or flowers from seed. It is a worthwhile life skill to have, and allows for some fun and productive time outdoors. We fully support that not all learning takes place in the classroom.”
The garden, initially, will need quite a bit of work to clear it out and get it ready for Spring planting. Once that has been done, however, maintenance should be straightforward enough if volunteers can keep an eye on things during the summer holidays. “It could be a lovely social event for some groups in the community, and one in which old and young could work together to achieve”, said Evelyn.
Any community member interested in volunteering their skills or time are asked to contact Evelyn on 086 8555697 or through the Parents Association Facebook page.
Coming up on the Agenda also for Scoil Mhuire Naofa is their annual Pancake Tuesday Charity event. The school children bring in a few Euro to sample some homemade pancakes with a wide variety of tasty toppings cooked by the Parents Association and some pupils from 6th class. All proceeds this year will be donated to Meals on Wheels.