7th February 2019

Our school adapts a cross curricular approach to teaching about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), which are 17 goals that are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDG’s address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. 

On Wednesday, 30th January our Second Year Home Economics students visited Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest native species aquarium. Here we focused on expanding our knowledge on Sustainable Goal number 14 ‘Life Below Water’. Not only have students learnt about fish in Home Economics but this fieldtrip also linked in with the work being completed in our school from a Green School perspective, as we aim to achieve our eighth green flag on Global Citizenship-Marine Environment.

 

The hands on visit to the aquarium was most enjoyable as we got a guided tour of the two floors and over 70 exhibits, which display the wealth of life along the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. We learnt about animal conservation, life and marine heritage, and also got to hold some crab and starfish, feed some fish and learn about the dangers of plastics in the ocean.  A thoroughly enjoyable interactive visit that definitely helped us broaden our knowledge of the diverse marine ecosystem of Ireland and made us more aware and conscious of how our actions can impact on marine life. 

2nd year students Molly Beckett, Aisling Gannon, Kyrsten McDonnell, Orianna Cribbon and Megan King admiring the beautiful starfish.

2nd year students Aisling Cooney and Orianna Cribbon feeding their curiosity at the Aquarium