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Pupils from St Malachy's PS Coleraine get ready to explore the Environmental Trail - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St Malachy's PS Coleraine get ready to explore the Environmental Trail
Year 11 students who acted as mentors for Primary pupils on their tour - View Full Size Image
Year 11 students who acted as mentors for Primary pupils on their tour
Pupils from St Colum's PS Portstewart prepare to visit the Environmental Trail - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St Colum's PS Portstewart prepare to visit the Environmental Trail
Pupils from St John's PS Coleraine ready to explore the Environmental Trail - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St John's PS Coleraine ready to explore the Environmental Trail
14/06/2011 PRIMARY SCHOOLS VISIT LORETO COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL TRAIL

The Environmental Trail in the grounds of Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School,
has received visits from local primary schools to observe seasonal variation, on several occasions this year.

Pupils from St John’s PS Coleraine, St Malachy’s PS Coleraine and St Colum’s PS Portstewart each spent a half day exploring the Trail in its summer glory in mid-June, despite some badly timed rain, having already visited it during the winter months.

Loreto College’s Primary School links co-ordinator Mrs Sheila McBroom commented:

‘In the final year of the Environmental Trail, three local Primary Schools visited Loreto in the winter and the summer months to identify trees, such as Spindle & Alder, along the environmental trail.

‘This was difficult in the winter as there were no leaves, only buds and bark to look at.  In summer, with leaves and flowers, the children found it much easier.

‘St John’s, St Malachy’s and St Colum’s thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  They used keys to identify the trees and took bark rubbings to give them memories of the day. Hopefully we can extend this trail to our own pupils.’

Tribute was paid by Mrs McBroom to the Loreto College Year 11 students who had acted as mentors to the groups of visiting pupils, to fellow teachers Mrs Geraldine Doherty & Ms Sinead Mullan and Biology Technician Mrs Selena Young, who had helped to lead the visits.  Mrs McBroom also acknowledged the background assistance of Mrs Johnston & Mrs West.  Gratitude was also extended to Mr D Turner for the preparation of the trail, Miss McCann in the canteen for provision of an excellent break and finally Mr Montgomery & Mr Otterson for driving the minibuses.