‘And in the house we moved with gravid ease’

Seamus Heaney’s line ‘And in the house we moved with gravid ease’ from his poem ‘The Churning’ possibly now rings true in many of the homes of pupils and teachers who until recently were actively sharing classes and experiences through CASE.  A partnership between St Joseph’s Rathdonnell and Trentagh NS, Co. Donegal brought this to the fore. Part of their shared work explored historical documents from ‘The Schools’ Collection’ [i] and used this as the basis for an experiment -butter-making. This was one way they were integrating their curriculum, covering science, history, literacy and research. 

Churning Day

Grainne Duggan, Principal at St Joseph’s, told us:

‘Obviously, we miss the contact with the teachers and children- and the Peace IV work. I was so sorry to have to cancel the trip to the Homeplace, Bellaghy. As a preparatory exercise, we examined the poem "Churning Day", looked at a beautiful account of butter making and a local cautionary tale about a woman who didn't let a stranger have any butter when he came into her house on the day she was making butter! This was taken from The Schools' Collection on the Dúchas.ie site and actually written by a little girl, Emma Neely from Trentagh our partner school- and whose family descendants would be pupils there today! So, lots of connections. Then the children made their own butter (science lesson and history work)- and we had tea and toast, which was delicious. It's a lesson I'd hope to repeat.

Thank you Peace IV for inspiring this work!’

The CASE Team also looks forward to the return to continuing this excellent work between schools when the right moment comes. 

[i] © National Folklore Collection, UCD