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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

ECO News

Hello and welcome to the Eco News page.

Ballykeel Primary School is an Eco school and continues to focus on environmental issues such as tackling litter, saving energy, and reducing our carbon footprint.

All staff have been trained by the Forestry Service and hold a Level 1 certificate in Forest School accreditation.

Last year our school applied for the School Pollinator Garden Grant, funded by DAERA. The aim of the project was to improve school grounds, with a particular focus on enhancing pollinator friendly landscaping techniques, and providing infrastructure for pupils to enjoy outdoor spaces. We were awarded £10,659.05 to spend on our project!

Our school now boasts:

-a brand new outdoor classroom, available to all classes

-an outdoor reading area, where children can sit on log seats to read or enjoy story time

-a pollinator friendly area, to enhance our school grounds and attract wildlife

-a wildflower meadow

-3 newly refurbished vegetable beds

-2 beautifully planted outdoor courtyards 

-a polytunnel, where pupils can plant seeds and bring on flowers and vegetables 

-a plum and pear orchard

-an apple orchard

This year, one of our school focuses is embedding outdoor learning into the curriculum, so all classes, from nursery to P7, will continue to regularly take part in outdoor learning activities. 

Finally, there is an Eco club on Tuesdays (called "The Great Outdoors") during Term 1 and Term 2.




20th Feb 2024
We took part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch! We spent some time learning how to...
7th Nov 2023
Today we used a selection of greenery from our school grounds and some flowers to...
24th Oct 2023
Today we officially opened our Queen Camilla reading area and King Charles wildflower...