John Muir Award

Day 1
19th September 2017
A number of students form years 8 and 9 recently enjoyed a trek up Cave Hill with Jo from the Belfast Hills Partnership. It was the first challenge they faced working towards achieving the John Muir award. An award that aims to encourage young people to get out, explore and look after wild places.  The pupils returned to school a little tired but a great day was had by all and the sun shone. The pupils have been working hard on the second challenge, a conservation project in the school grounds and we eagerly await their plans to improve biodiversity in an area of the school grounds.
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Day 2
21st September 2017
Another successful day working hard towards achieving the John Muir award. Today a number of pupils presented their ideas for increasing the biodiversity in the school grounds. Jo from the Belfast Hills Partnership was really impressed with their suggestions and is going to incorporated the pupils ideas into the plans for the biodiversity garden. Then it was down to the hard work of the day planting 70 bare root trees, hazel, elder, hawthorn, blackthorn and dog rose to form our edible hedge. Along with 500 Daffodil and Crocus bulbs, three apple trees, and a wild flower meadow.
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Day 3
3rd October 2017
Pupils participating in the John Muir award rose to the challenge today successfully finding and bring to safety a dummy pilot who crash landed on Divis Mountain. The students followed the clues to find the crash site and worked as a team to carry the stranded pilot off the mountain on a stretcher. The students involved deserve credit for the determination, perseverance and team work they displayed.
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