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Lorraine O'Sullivan

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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford
Classes catered for:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

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Lorraine offers engaging, hands-on workshops based on the SESE curriculum and Green Schools biodiversity themes. Lorraine’s workshops link science and nature, using exhibits to stimulate the children’s curiosity about the range of biodiversity in ponds, streams and rivers. These workshops take place in the classroom, school grounds, school garden or in the locality if feasible, and would be especially suitable for schools that are working on their Biodiversity flag. Lorraine offers two different half-day workshops for schools to choose from:

In the water biodiversity workshop children will examine collections of freshwater samples to discover the minibeasts that live there. Children can examine these samples under a digital microscope and learn why these insects are important, before releasing them back to their environment. This hands-on activity can be combined with an optional field trip (if feasible) to a local water habitat. Here the children will be introduced to basic sampling techniques and investigate water quality by identifying what kind of creatures live there.

In the freshwater ecology workshop children will learn about the variety of creatures that live in freshwater ecosystems, from invertebrates and fish to birds and animals. Lorraine will use live exhibits and her taxidermy collection to demonstrate what the creatures look like, and children will get to examine these exhibits close-up. This workshop will demonstrate how freshwater creatures depend on each other to survive in this unique habitat.


  • "The workshops were very hands on and thoroughly enjoyed by all pupils involved. Feedback from pupils and teachers was excellent. The hands on approach to learning was enjoyed by the pupils and the content of the workshop led to huge learning opportunities for all pupils. It is definitely something we will undertake in our school every year. Lorraine was highly organised and had a wealth of resources to bring the river habitat to our school hall. Excellent Workshop." - St. Joseph’s NS, Waterford
  • "Lorraine was very well prepared and professional."
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  • "Lorraine had fabulous resources and was great with the children" - St. Mary's N.S., Grange, Waterford
  • "Children and staff really enjoyed the visit."
  • "Really enjoyable for the children and they were very engaged." - Kilbrien N.S., Waterford
  • "The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit, there were great reports from all classes and smiles on all the kids faces." - Gorey Central School, Wexford
  • "Lorraine was very well prepared and very engaging. The children loved examining the creatures she collected. They had a fantastic day." - Gorey Central School, Wexford
  • "Lorraine pitches the level of the presentation very well and had a good mix of activities." - St.Brigid’s NS, Kilkenny
  • "A very enjoyable visit. The children loved looking at the water insects and stuffed animals." - St Canice's NS, Kilkenny
  • "Lorraine was excellent with all class groups." - Scoil Phádraig, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny.
  • "I would love to have lorraine visit every year." - Ringville NS, Kilkenny
  • "Teachers and pupils spoke highly of Lorraine." - St. Fiacc's NS, Carlow
  • "We really enjoyed Lorraine's visit. She was excellent with our special students." - School of The Holy Spirit, Kilkenny
  • "Great experience, very informative and engaging." - St Leonard's NS, Kilkenny
  • "I would highly recommend a visit from Lorraine to other schools." - St Iberius NS, Wexford
  • "A very worthwhile experience. Thank you!" - At Margaret’s NS, Wexford
  • "Lorraine was very easy to work with. She was on time and very organized. Lorraine had great activities prepared and a great rapport with the children." - Kilrane NS, Wexford
  • "An inspiring presentation and really informative. Pupils had hands-on learning experiences." - Scoil Mhuire, Waterford
  • "Very enjoyable experience for pupils. Lorraine was an excellent specialist ho engaged actively with the children. 10/10" - St Johns NS, Kilkenny
  • "Lorraine is a mine of information in her area." - Villierstown NS, Waterford
  • "Lorraine presented the workshops in a very interesting and age appropriate way with lots of pupil engagement. Having the stuffed duck, otter and badger was fantastic! The children also enjoyed investigating the buckets of river water. A very beneficial learning experience for them."

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

086 - 1038098