Carrig NS had an amazing first day of Active School’s Week when we had visits from the Canine Unit of an Garda Síochána, the Coastguard and Nenagh Fire Brigade. In the bright sunny morning our new yard was suddenly filled with different vehicles and machinery and the classes couldn’t wait to get outside and explore!
We began with a talk from the Coastguard Unit, who spoke about the importance of being safe near the water, particularly during the summer months. We learned about when it is safe / unsafe to go swimming and different rules regarding water safety.
Next we had an incredible performance from the Canine Unit of an Garda Síochána. Pat and John, who travelled all the way up from Cork, spoke about their jobs and how their dogs are used as assets to the Gardaí in investigations. The whole school was captivated as they showed us how well their dogs Laser and Rex were trained and listened to commands and how easily they could find hidden items. We also got to meet the dogs and give them a little pat down. The classes then got the opportunity to ask the two Gardaí questions about the work they do and questions about canine units.
The classes then got to visit three stations: firemen from Nenagh Fire Station, a coastguard in his very impressive rib and another coastguard showing us all of their gear and machinery. We learned so much about the duties each of their jobs hold and the different safety equipment and protection gear they use. More importantly, the classes all learned about being water and fire aware and how to avoid/handle dangerous situations appropriately.
The whole day was an incredible success and everyone really enjoyed it and learned so much from our visitors. We’d like to send a HUGE thank you to Nenagh Fire Station, the Coastguard Unit and the Canine Unit of an Garda Síochána for travelling out to spend a very special day with us. We’d also like to say a special thanks to the head of our parents association Declan Kinsella for organising such an amazing day! Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!