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A workshop with Oxford Island

A workshop with Oxford Island
A workshop with Oxford Island
A workshop with Oxford Island
A workshop with Oxford Island
A workshop with Oxford Island

We spent a wonderful , inspiring, and educational day at Oxford Island , Lough Neagh.

 

 

We had an engaging presentation on the history and geography of Lough Neagh. We were also told about the animals, insects , fish and birds that live there.

 

 

We were introduced to habitats and food chains. We were also shown how birds and animals can have visible differences and features depending on their diet , where they live or their gender with the aid of some real life models (preserved by taxidermy).

Jumping Clay & Seascope Lobster Hatchery

Jumping Clay & Seascope Lobster Hatchery
Jumping Clay & Seascope Lobster Hatchery
Jumping Clay & Seascope Lobster Hatchery

A group of Hedni children had a lovely visit to Seascope lobster hatchery in kilkeel. 

We got to see and hold starfish, prawns, crabs, terrapins and of course a big blue lobster. 

 

We then painted some lovely fish followed by a snack and a wee break. Then a lovely lady from Jumping clay came and guided us step by step how to make our own octopus from air dry clay which we then got to take home. 

 

The staff are always so friendly and accommodating and we can’t wait to return to do some beach cleaning and rock pooling with them.

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
The murder hole
Sharpening the sword

Two groups of home educating families availed of a fantastic trip to Carrickfergus Castle this week. 


We had group tours of the castle and it’s grounds followed by a short film on Carrickfergus castles history. 


A fantastic experience at the Peace Proms

The Home Ed Choir at The Peace Proms

The HEdNI Choir had a wonderful time today at the Peace Proms.  

Singing as part of the biggest Peace Proms Choir ever, the children and 4000 others sang their hearts out to the accompaniment of a full orchestra, dancers and soloists.

It was a spectacular experience and they all performed beautifully.

The Peace Proms twitter account shared this video to give you an idea of the scale of the performance!

All our thanks go to Kirsty for making this happen!

Peace Proms Rehearsals for the Home Ed Choir

Our Choir posed by the stage

A thousand children (roughly!) sang together this week at the Whitla Hall, Belfast to rehearse the songs and movements for the Peace Proms next week- and that was only a quarter of those who will sing on the day!

Our Home Ed Choir under the marvellous Kirsty gathered to join in with this amazing event.

The children enjoyed making a big noise with all those voices, and really felt like all their work in learning the dances and the words had paid off. It was great to have us all in one place again and to see them do so well!

Now all we have to do is find white shirts (not a common wardrobe requirement in home education!) and we’re set for the big day!

Ski lessons with Craigavon Ski Slopes

Ski lessons with Craigavon Ski Slopes

The lovely instructors at Craigavon ski slopes in lurgan have been teaching 24 of our home educated children how to ski for the past few months.


The children are absolutely loving each lesson with the patient and very well experienced team. 

The amount of progress that has happened is really a testimony to their great instruction. 

 

We hope to continue this long into the future with hopes of creating new separate beginner lessons in September. 

Lego and clay workshops with Bricks4Kidz

Lego and clay workshops with Bricks4Kidz
Lego and clay workshops with Bricks4Kidz
Lego and clay workshops with Bricks4Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz recently held several workshops for a large group of our home educated kids in their Dundonald establishment. 


This included making clay model monkeys, building Lego technic vehicles, instruction led Lego builds, Lego mosaics and some free play.  


A morning that was throughly enjoyed by all, which we hope to repeat. 

 

Air Tastic Trampoline Park

Air Tastic Trampoline Park
Air Tastic Trampoline Park

Some of our children benefited from a private inclusive session with Air Tastic’s  trampoline park in Craigavon. 

 

The music was switched off and the place was reserved for the children to enjoy an inclusive session with lots of sliding, swinging and jumping around.

 

An event we’ll be sure to repeat!  


Roller Skating at The Rink

Roller Skating at The Rink

A crowd of Home Educating families enjoyed an exciting few hours of roller skating and sliding on a bouncy castle with The Rink in Portadown recently. 

There was a great array of pro skaters and beginners, lots of falls and lots of laughs! 

The Rink can only be praised for their attentiveness to our beginners and excellent hosting overall. 

 

An event I’m sure lots of us will be eager to repeat. 


Junior Science Club

Junior Science Club
Junior Science Club

Our primary aged science club met recently in W5 for our junior sparks monthly session. 

The kids explored all things ice!  

Melting it, floating it as ice boats, meeting a polar bear and designing their own bear in a craft session. 

 

W5’s new med lab was also really well received, the children had a great time exploring the human body in fantastic detail. 

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