Our weekly yoga sessions began this month as part of the school's approach to promoting positive mental health and the importance of physical activity in our daily lives. Siobhán, our yoga instructor, has been teaching us about mindfulness and how to listen to our bodies. The children have been learning about relaxation and breathing techniques to calm and soothe and have been trying out a number of yoga poses each week. Take a look at some of the boys and girls practising "ocean breathing", carrying out sun salutations and exploring the concept of mindful eating by holding a biscuit, noticing how it looked, taking in the smell of the biscuit, savouring its taste and listening to the crunching sound as they chewed.
Following the sun and rain of the summer months, our school vegetable garden has had a make over and is in full bloom this Autumn. Ned made up some fabulous raised vegetables beds for the garden during the summer holidays. We have onions, lettuce, carrots and rhubarb growing in the garden. Pupils sowed pumpkins in the classroom in paper cups last April and we replanted them in May. We now have a pumpkin patch with large pumpkins growing which will be harvested in time for Hallowe'en celebrations. We would like to say a massive thank you to Ned Gleeson for all his fantastic work.