Following the visit of St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, to the Susliving Demonstration Centre, Tech Mentors Elmer and Zaki delivered a follow-up workshop at the school. With a focus on sustainability in the community, the workshop put to practice the ideas the students had experienced at the Demonstration Centre.
With a mix of second and third year students, the group set about making some window boxes and flower planters, using waste materials. Elmer and Zaki guided the students through the process, demonstrating the simplicity of repurposing using waste skirting board and wooden decking. Working in teams, the students assembled the planters, making use of classroom woodwork skills and some creative design. With instruction on how to plant from the mentors, the group filled the planters with a colourful variety of flowers. Having completed the planters the mentors and class group observed the biodiversity on the school grounds, and selected a suitable area to plant some evergreen shrubs and add to the variety of plants on the school grounds.
At the end of the workshop the stunning display of repurposed planters was then presented by the Transition Year Enrichment Programme to St. Patrick’s School in Kilkenny. As part of the St. Kieran’s College Enrichment Programme, the Transition Year students do weekly community involvement projects throughout the school year and through this workshop they were able to give a locally-made sustainable present to brighten up their local community.
With great thanks to the superb students and staff in St. Kieran’s College for their engagement throughout the workshop. We look forward to our next workshop with them.