Solas Chríost announced as GIY winners

by Rachel Cunningham
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Solas Chríost in Tallaght have been named the national winner of the 2023 SuperValu Let’s GROW initiative, writes Rachel Cunningham.

Last week, the school was surprised with the arrival of SuperValu and the GIY team to announce its win.

Launched in the spring of 2023, 50,000 pupils across Ireland have taken part in the initiative.

Participants had the opportunity to grow food in their classrooms and engage in a learning initiative on how to grow their own food.

The project which aims to educate and enable a global movement of food growers, whose collective actions will help to build a sustainable food system.

In April, each school taking part received supplies to start growing their own vegetables. This included packs of seeds, compost discs and pots for growing food, as well as teacher resource packs with curriculum-linked lesson plans and activities. 

The pupils in Solas Chríost implemented a scoring system, which evaluated how they made growing fun through imagination and creativity, how they integrated growing into class work, their growing efforts, what they learned on nutrition and their use of the food.

“From the minute they opened the box, the students were so excited about learning how to grow their own food. They loved the opportunity to get their hands into the soil and when they saw food growing as a result of their efforts they were hooked,” said teacher Alan McDonnell.

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