Michele Castiaux

Michelle Castiaux
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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Michèle is a Belgian Geologist and Environmental Scientist (MSc.) based in Portlaoise. She has been working as a Heritage Specialist for the Heritage in Schools Scheme for over 10 years. She is an active Committee Member of the Irish Geological Association.

She provides a number of workshops which include hands-on activities but is also happy to tailor workshops to the teacher’s needs.

  • Environmental Education linked to Heritage:

  1. Biodiversity around the school and further afield.

  2. Pollinators (bees, bumblebees, their roles, their habitats, school pollinator plan, ...).

  3. Local watercourses survey (including historical maps survey where available): where do local watercourses lead to? What are they carrying?

  4. Where does my water come from: link between local bedrock, local soils, groundwater, surface water and your tap water.

  • Geology:

  1. Basic rock Identification: Irish rock samples to handle; local walls/outcrops survey if available.

  2. Basic geology and fossils: learn about fossils while making your own; local walls/outcrops survey if available.

  • Maps and Compass:

  1. Biodiversity and mapping skills, use of compass (outdoors).

  2. Geology and mapping skills, use of compass (outdoors).

  3. How to read local maps (scale, symbols, North), compare with historical maps (indoors or outdoors).

  • Geology and Nature Walk: locally or in Glenbarrow, Slieve Bloom Mountains.


  • "Children loved the plant and insect identification fans."
  • "A brilliant half day in the Botanic Gardens. Michelle was really well prepared, brought interesting rocks and fossils with her and was a great source of knowledge while walking around the gardens. Interacted very well with the children. Delighted with the day."
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  • "A really enjoyable experience, well planned by Michele and at a level suitable for the group."
  • "Fantastic rapport established and most constructive and informative interaction with children. Child friendly mix of in classroom, outdoor, artwork etc Very engaging and lessons pitched at exactly the right level for each class."
  • "This was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational visit. Both the children and teachers got a lot from the sessions and are going to build on the interest sparked."
  • "Thank you so much for a very informative day. The boys loved it as did the teachers. I would highly recommend it to other schools."
  • "This was Michele's second visit to us. She is an excellent facilitator and we will have her back again in the future." - Scoil Bhríde Cailíní
  • "Very informative and very well presented. We were delighted with the sessions Michele provided, the feedback from children and teachers was very positive." - Gaelscoil Eoghain Uí Thuairisc
  • "Michele made every child comfortable with and interested in the topic. Every workshop was age specific and created wonder in the pupils." - Queen of Angels P.S., Dublin
  • "The day was great value for money!" - RPNS, Dublin
  • "A very enjoyable and informative day. Well planned and organised." - Scoil Chaitriona Cailini, Wicklow
  • "The pupils really enjoyed the visit!" - Holycross NS, Firoda, Kilkenny
  • "All classes really enjoyed Michelle's visit and they were engaged totally in the work. They had some of their own rocks investigated as well. Very informative morning . Many thanks." - Kinnitty N.S., Offaly
  • "Highly informative and highly educational. Extremely valuable for all involved." - Marymount NS, Kilkenny
  • "It was a fantastic day for the children and staff. We all enjoyed it."
  • "Very organised and efficient heritage visit. The children really enjoyed it and engaged well with the expert. Teachers thought it was extremely worthwhile and beneficial.. Michelle is easy to work with." - Scoil Chaitriona Cailiní, Dublin

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
057 8678950
087 6968600

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