Butterfly Project: The Final Frenzy!

Cecilia Franken’s After-School programme is so active, sometimes St. Conleth’s School itself is just a province of her ever-expanding empire. But it certainly is an empire of fun! Here we read her wrap-up (though the butterflies actually unwrapped! as well as photos and a prize-winning video.

It’s been few busy weeks since our lovely furry guests arrived. From tiny baby caterpillars to beautiful ready to fly away butterflies, we have seen it and OBSERVED it all.
The kids feed the caterpillars, saw them grow and observed them hanging upside down to shed their last skin. Some pupils in after-school were so lucky to see a caterpillar actually turning into a chrysalis. What a fantastic thing to see!
Some others in Senior Infants and 5th class were lucky enough to see a butterfly come out of its chrysalis and stand by waiting for its wings to dry. In other words were were able to learn about the butterfly life cycle hands on.
Pupils from JI to 6th class worked very hard on finding out as much as possible about these fascinating creatures.

To highlight and celebrate our learning and achievements we had a third and final presentation on Monday this week where a team of presenters and researchers coming from all forms from 2nd to 6th told the all Senior school about their discoveries on the matter.
In the middle of the presentation Mister Sheridan was brave enough to challenge one of his 5th form students to a duel caterpillar-to caterpillar πŸ™‚ and at the end awards were presented to those students and classes that excelled on our project challenges.

The preparatory school closed their project on Friday and as they were super-carer for our butterflies, they have now a super-cute mascot teddy to take care of for the rest of the year!
And if the project is finished for the school, well…the pupils don’t want to hear about it! Just Wednesday Marcus and James Wall burst into after-school, short breath and all, to show us all the beautiful caterpillar they had found in the middle of the footpath on their way home! We then knew our job was done: the kids had started observing on their own initiative and they could not get enough of it πŸ™‚.

What a September we and the butterflies had!
We already wander what our next year project will be πŸ™‚!