Former primary school principal Muriel Rumball shares news of a planned open day for primary school teachers.
Since I retired as Principal of Glenageary Killiney National School I've immersed myself in developing a new marine ecology programme to complement the watersports tours already underway at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School. This has been an exceptionally enjoyable project and I'm immensely proud of the results, which I'd now like to share with teachers at an Open Day in the near future.
Our DPSM Tours focus on the Marine Ecology of the seashore. This is examined through the medium of rock pooling, identifying the various forms of marine life visible. The activity is hands on and takes place in our outdoor classroom of Seapoint Beach. This forms the core of the programme and lasts about 2 hours. In addition, bolt on modules including a boat trip around Dun Laoghaire Harbour for younger classes or kayaking excursions for older classes can be added. These modules re-enforce the learning from the rock pooling exercises.
We want to share this with all teachers who may be interested in bringing a class. We'll offer a short overview of the exercise (and have a go ourselves) followed by a boat tour to show off the various activities we can also offer. This will take place on one of the school's passenger boat RIBs, we'll provide wet gear and lifejackets.
While we haven't finalised a date for our DPSM Open Day, we are interested in hearing from teachers as to when would suit you. Please do let us know if you're interested and we'll keep you and your school informed.
Interested in bringing your school for a tour?
Check out an overview of the programme...