The Galway Community Circus are joining with St. Joseph's School to devise an innovative Circus Skills course for 15-18 yr old students. Ten of our senior students will participate in a ten week course designed to build social interaction, enhance self esteem and challenge physical development through a variety of exciting, fun activities. The students will work on five areas over the ten weeks: balance, manipulation, acrobatics, aerial skills and performance skills. They start Feb 29th. They are very excited and are already planning an end of course performance to show off their new skills!
The course will be assessed and evaluated by St. Joseph's and Galway Circus staff and any necessary additions or changes will be implemented. Ten new St. Joseph's students will then participate in a follow up course in October. After this the course will be ready to roll out to other school across the country. We are thrilled at this opportunity. Our thanks to the Galway Community Circus, and to Phobal, for the financial support to required.
Kay Sinnot, from living Gardens, is joining us for two gardening sessions in February and March. Kay is a very experienced gardener who lectures and runs courses in all aspects of gardening. She has been involved in school gardens since 2004. During her first session - on Wednesday Feb 17th - Kay showed our seniors students how to make bird feeders, how to plant Garlic and how to aerate our compost bins. We were delighted to find out that after many months of waste from cookery classes, and from student snacks, that one of our bins is ready! The rich, crumbly compost can now be spread in our organic courtyard garden. More photos of our progress are on individual classes pages and also on our 'school links' page.
In March Kay will be working with our Juniors. She will plant wild flower boxes and beans, teach the children about mini beasts (bugs, worms, Bees etc.) and check on our Bug Motels. Kay will also be helping us to;
1. Bring more colour into our garden
2. Improve our gardens sensory potential
3. Prune our orchard
Thank you Kay for your valuable contribution to our students (and staff!) learning.