We received our first green flag in 2011 for litter and recycling. Proudly we were awarded our second green flag in 2013 for reducing our energy consumption.
Our third Green Schools’ flag was next on water conservation. We are hoping to get our forth flag soon………we’re working hard on travel!
Green Schools Update 9/3/16
On Wednesday 9th of March it was National Scoot to School Day. All of the students were encouraged to scoot to school. If they didn’t have a scooter, a flicker or bicycle was just as good. A monster 97 children took part. Mr. Ryan’s 3rd class had the most children taking part with 17 children scooting to school. Mr. Grogan rewarded the whole class by giving them a homework pass.
Check out the photos below to see if you can spot anyone you know!
Watch this space for the next Green Schools event.
Evan O Meare, Leah Brady, Nicole Cleary and Amber Lynch from the Green Schools Committee were invited to share their experiences of working on the theme of Travel with children from other schools. We got lots of ideas for our action plan and played games that taught us the importance of walking or cycling to school where possible.
An audit of the way children come to school has already been carried out and we have some ideas of how to increase the number of people walking,cycling or scooting to school. Watch this space!
The third green flag is awarded for increasing our awareness of how much water we use, and for finding ways of reducing this amount. In the process of all of this we have developed a huge respect for water and now don’t want to waste a single drop!
If you knew how much you flush, it would make you blush!
- Under Mr. Ryan and Ms. McCormick’s guidance, the Green School Committee and the entire school, have pulled together to hopefully earn our third green flag. Some of the activities we have completed are:
- Mr. Grogan employed plumbers to fix a massive leak in the school. This was costing the school THOUSANDS of euros!
The plumbers fixed any leaky taps.
- Each class was given a plug stopper/basin to reduce the amount of water wasted at the class sink.
- We educated ourselves on the (shocking!) amount of water used doing everyday activities e.g. flushing the toilet, showering. The GSC did this by doing a PowerPoint presentation in each class.
- We brainstormed and researched ways of reducing the amount of water we use e.g. turn tap off when brushing our teeth.
- There is a cool noticeboard to update the students of progress towards the third green flag.
- We held a poster and slogan competition to raise awareness of reducing water consumption.
- The winning poster was designed by Jasmine Kamptoh in Ms. Baker’s 6th class. It is amazing, check it out on the noticeboard!
- A winner was also picked from each class.
- The winning slogan was ‘If you knew how much you flush, it would make you blush!’ by Jake Bracken in Ms. O’Sullivan’s 4th class.
- We are having a Day of Action in March. The GSC will be cleaning-up Dollymount beach.
- Some members of the GSC are participating in ‘Walking for Water’ event in Glendalough on 25th March.
- If you have any ideas at all how to help up earn the third flag, use the suggestion box at the noticeboard!
- Have a look at the PowerPoint presentation attached for more information.
We had an energy quiz throughout the school, as well as a week long inter-class energy saving competition.
We also had two activities relating to Green Schools’ on Arts’ Day.
Ms. Ni Mhordha held an environmental awareness workshop, while Mr. Ryan and Ms. McCormick helped children to create advertisements that encouraged people to be energy efficient.
The best of these videos will be posted on the website soon.
Keep your eyes peeled for this!!
We have uploaded powerpoint presentations that you can read. There is information on Waste and Energy in the presentations. The children of the Green Schools’ Committee have worked very hard on these, so it would be worth your while to give them a read. They have included some interesting and thought provoking information on our waste production and energy consumption, as well as some tips for saving energy and reducing waste. This can save you money at home, so pay heed to their wise advice!!
Stay green and energy lean!!!!
Each class linked energy to a curriculum subject to do lessons (such as art, science and Gaeilge). Stay tuned for pictures of our wind farm and solar panels!