09 July, 2008

Cob Oven Building Workshop Announcement

Dear Parents,

I am writing to let you know about a cob oven building workshop that we are running on the school grounds on Saturday, the 26th of July from 10am - 4pm.

The objective of running the course is four-fold:

1. A potential revenue generating event for the school, depending how many attend 15 - 20 maximum.

2. To develop the outdoor facilities of the school and generate a focal point for some celebratatory activities run by the school.

3. To have some fun, get creative and get to know more parents.

4. To learn an ancient form of building that uses natural renewable materials.

The fee is nominal at 50 euros individual and 90 euros for a family. It is a kid friendly, community friendly activity with the purest of ingredients namely clay sand and straw.

The course instructors are experienced cob builders having trained with Yanto Evans one of the worlds most experienced cob builders and advocate, they have built their own cob house and done a series of cob building demonstrations including a permanent cob oven on site at the electric picnic venue last summer.

If you are not familiar with cob ovens or construction, please see the following link for cob construction in general: http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/cob.htm

...and cob ovens:

If you have any friends who may be interested please let them know.

To introduce myself, my name is Kate Park and I have a daughter Aoife who is now going in to
class 1 and a son Kian who is attending the mother and toddlers group.

If you are interested don't hesitate to call so I have some idea of numbers to cater for on 05991 62867.

If you are really enthusiastic we will be doing some preparatory work building the foundations and laying down some stone work this coming weekend 12th and 13th of July. If you are coming ring, and I can confirm the times we will be there, and clear the area a bit. The site of the oven will be behind the prefab Gale has been using for 5th and 6th class this year.

Finally there is nothing to compare with the taste of home made pizza and bread that has been cooked in cob. You may well be tempted to build your own!

02 July, 2008

Looking Back: Last Day of School on St. John's Day

What would the last day of school be without festivity? On 27th of June a delightful gathering was had as we celebrated St. John's Day with music and dance.

After the dancing, with live fiddle music by our teacher Dorly O'Sullivan to accompany us, we shifted over to the building where we shared goodies. Later that evening we were treated to a school play, The Search for a Nose, by Class 5 and 6:

The King, his court, the Prince and the Princess celebrate a happy moment.

Mike Twitch (aka Markus Pedersen) pleading his case to the King.