Schools Schools Case Studies
St. Patricks Senior National School Blanchardstown – The Living Classroom
“Children are learning life-long skills: The garden is making them increasingly aware of climate change, their environment and sustainability; they are learning group skills and there is a real sense of community during sessions; healthy eating and active living is being promoted. We have cooked with much of the garden produce…”
Ballybeg Family Growing Project School Garden
Ballybeg CDP Family Growing Project in Waterford has recently developed a school Garden with their local national school, St. Saviour’s.
Cloughmills Incredible Edibles Local School Links
Cloughmills Incredible Edibles project has excellent relationships with both primary schools in the area. The schools are within walking distance of the main garden site at the mill and both have visited for growing and cooking activities.
Growing Community Roots Project: St.Brigid’s JNS School Garden, Brookfield in Tallaght
Our school garden is very much a group effort including children, teachers, Special Needs Assistants, the Caretaker and parents. As a school we have found it to be a great asset in that it provides authentic learning opportunities. It is a very useful tool in promoting the healthy lifestyle message adopted by “Growing Community Roots”. It makes healthy eating tangible and practical for all involved. We are very proud of our school garden and even welcomed visitors from the Fatima Garden Project. It’s great to share ideas and show what we have achieved.
Fresh Fruit in School Project, Dublin North-East
Children need a balanced diet based on a variety of nutrient-rich foods and may need to eat more frequently than adults to meet their nutritional requirements. By encouraging healthier snacks and drinks between meals, we can promote better health.
Healthy School Food Policy
Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork
A School Food Policy encourages cohesive planning around the consumption of food and drink in schools. It can communicate consistent messages about healthy eating through all aspects of school life – the classroom, the curriculum, school breaks, school lunches and physical activities.
Get Ahead Club Clondalkin
After the long school day, children doing their homework may find it hard to concentrate and learn. Schools often organise afterschool clubs to ensure that children have healthy snacks and an opportunity to do their homework.
St. John’s JNS and St. Paul’s SNS Breakfast Club, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Research has shown that children benefit both nutritionally and behaviourally by eating breakfast. A nourishing breakfast is a good start to the child’s day and gives children the energy they need to concentrate and learn. Additional services that extend the traditional school day are now being offered by many schools.
School Meals Project
Limerick School Meals Project
Seventeen schools in Limerick city and its environs are involved in Limerick School Meals Project. All schools are part of the DEIS. The total student population served by this initiative is 3,000. It is made available to the schools from the Department of Social & Family Affairs.
This programme has been successfully running for more than three years. The 17 primary schools within the initiative receive free school lunches. Seven community-based schemes supply nine schools, while a commercial supplier provides lunch to the other eight schools.