Step Back 100 Years

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We’ve had a great week celebrating life as it was in Donegal 100 years ago. We’ve heard stories of our history, and listened to old tales from the past, as well as stories from the 1916 Rising. We also read our own 2016 proclamation which we have been working on since the start of the year.

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We learned about old toys and brought to life games from the past. We baked home made bread on the open fire, which we ate with our home-made butter and jam, which tasted delicious! Tomorrow is the final day of our week long celebration to mark our centenary, when we’ll learn all about growing plants and vegetables as we plant our vegetable garden.


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To finish the week long celebrations and to mark the next 100 years, we will plant a tree in the garden at Glen Outdoor School tomorrow. We will also fill and bury a time capsule with items from present day and aspirations for the future from young and old. It was a thoroughly enjoyable week and on behalf of all the children, we’d like to thank everyone who came along and made the week so memorable for everyone. Here’s to the next 100!



‘Step Back 100 Years’ to Mark Ireland’s Commemoration Celebrations

We’re hosting a ‘Step Back 100 Years’ week-long celebration of old traditions at Glen Outdoor School in Barrack, Glenswilly next week.

We’re extending an open invitation to all members of the public, family and friends to join the children and staff at Glen Outdoor School to take part in a series of fun activities to celebrate life as it was in Donegal 100 years ago. The events will take place every day from Monday, 25th until Friday 29th April, from 10am-12pm.


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With different activities running throughout the week, the aim is to show the children how life was for children in the 1900’s. To start the week-long celebration, the children and staff will look at old items such as pots and pans, discussing their uses and talking about what items have replaced them in today’s world. Following on from that, on Tuesday, 26th April,  the children will make their own homemade bread, using the open fire at Glen Outdoor School.


On Wednesday 27th, the children will look at old toys from the past and, using everyday materials, they will re-create and play with them. On Thursday 28th, children will have the opportunity to listen to old tales from the past, as well as stories from the 1916 Rising. They will also read their own 2016 proclamation which they have been working on since the start of the year.




To finish the week long celebrations and to mark the next 100 years, the children will plant a tree in the garden at Glen Outdoor School. They will also fill and bury a time capsule with items from present day and aspirations for the future from young and old. For more information on this special event, contact Sally on 086 858 9339 or email




Thank You for Helping Us Make a Difference through The Ray of Sunshine Foundation

I had the great pleasure of being one of 23 volunteers who travelled to Mtwapa, Kenya last month as part of a collaboration with the Ray of Sunshine Foundation. We went to help build a Rescue Centre for abused children who have been trafficked in the sex trade from as young as three years old. They rely on the charity to bring some hope into their lives, and together, we helped complete the build of the Rescue Centre where the children will have access to support, medical care, nutrition, education and a caring environment to give them a chance of recovery.


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In the lead up to the trip, I carried out various fundraising efforts and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed and supported me through bucket collections, a family fun day at Glen Outdoor School, a clothing collection and a BBQ at the Churchill Fair.


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The money has gone to a very worthy cause and it has made a huge difference to the lives of young girls who will use the Rescue Centre. The Ray of Sunshine Foundation is a fantastic charity and through their work, the children are empowered by education, giving them a chance of a brighter and better future to improve their lives. It also gives them a chance to get out of the poverty trap.  




Children in the western world take so much for granted. The children I met in Kenya have very little, but it was heartening to watch them get such joy from so little and it reminded me of my own childhood. For more information on the Ray of Sunshine charity

Thanks again,



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A special thank you to Cllg Baile na nGalloglach, Milford, for the GAA kit, which went down a treat with the children in Kenya

Proclamation Day….

We had a wonderful Proclamation Day celebration and are very proud of our children’s Proclamation. The wisdom of children should never be underestimated. In fact, our political representatives would be wise to take note of these proclamations around the country, because they might learn a thing or two…


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National Tree Week….

Here are the children planting a tree for National Tree Week. Every year, this week long programme of events is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland to celebrate trees. As Donegal and Ireland’s first outdoor school, we’re delighted to be part of it…

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Easter Camps

We’re busy putting the final preparations in place for our Easter camps. There’s going to be lots of fun with science experiments, teabag rockets, campfire cook-offs, twig towers, painting with magnets and much, much more!

Our Easter camps run daily from 10am – 2pm and cost €50 per week.

We still have some availability so give us a call to book your children’s place today….


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Registration Evening – Ray Outdoor School

We’re holding a registration evening in Ray Outdoor School on Monday, 21st March from 6.00-7.00pm.

Parents/guardian’s will be able to book their child’s free ECCE place for September 2016.

Remember to bring your child’s birth certificate and PPS number and if you can’t make it along on Monday, 21st, give us a call on 086 410 7974 to arrange another visit.

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National Pyjama Day…

We’re having great fun this morning in our PJ’s for National Pyjama Day and it’s all for an excellent cause, Irish Autism Action. The total amount raised across Ireland last year was €312,594.90, so let’s hope we beat that this year.


The money raised goes towards supporting families and professionals operating in the preschool sector, helping them create accessible opportunities for children with autism to integrate with their peers in these settings.


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Children at Early Learning Schools are active learners, learning through play and by doing; following Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.


Here, children are demonstrating early numeracy, their understanding of the written number and associating them with actual values. This is a totally different concept to counting, where children can rhyme off numbers, without making the association with quantity.









Christmas Shoe-Box Appeal

We would like to thank all of the parents and children who took part in this year’s Christmas Shoe-Box Appeal. The children had great fun filling the boxes and wrapping them, before placing them under our tree for collection. The Christmas Shoe-Box Appeal is for a great cause and children around the globe will have some very special gifts to open this year, so we’re delighted to be a part of that. Wishing all of our parents, children, and staff a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.