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GREEN SCHOOLS' NEWS
The Green Schools Committee are monitoring our daily usage of electricity as part of their work for our next Flag-Global Citizenship, Energy. We are trying to reduce our energy consumption by switching off one or all of our lights when our room is lit by bright natural light and when we are outside. We are also turning off one of our radiators when our room gets too hot.  We have a thermoneter in our classroom so that the recommended temperature 18 degrees centigrade is maintained. We are also trying to reduce plastic in our lunch boxes by using containers and paper bags instead of plastic bags, foil and wrappers.

Did you know?  It takes 162g of oil and seven litres of water (including power plant cooling water) just to manufacture a one litre bottle, creating over 100g of greenhouse gas emissions (10 balloons full of CO2) per empty bottle.

Certainly worth thinking about!!

6th GREEN SCHOOL FLAG
There was a special ceremony in Kilkenny on the 23rd March where our school was presented with our 6th Green School Flag.  We were represented by Casey Cullen and Megan Kelly, both Green School members who were selected to attend the event.  Thanks to the girls for making the trip on our behalf.
Congratulations and thanks again to Ms Finlay, Mrs. Joyce, the Green Schools Committee, our pupils, and everyone in our school who contributed in any way to ensure the success of our Green School Programme.  Thanks especially to one of our parents, Teresa Cullen who was also an immense help with this project.

Green Schools Awards by Casey Cullen
On Tuesday, 23rd May, I was luckey enough to be invited to represent my school and accept our award with my friend Megan.  It was held in Hotel Kilkenny. We listed to lots of information and facts about all of the hard work that is carried out by the Green Schools' all around the world. We were all encouraged to continue our work at home and at school and to pass the message on to everyone we know.  
P.S. We also enjoyed a lovely lunch afterwards.


Green Schools Committee 2016-2017

Waste Awareness Forthnight - 16th to 27th January

We have just completed a very successful Waste Awareness Programme in all the classes. The children have been learning lots about waste production.  Topics such as what waste we produce in school, where it goes, methods of reducing our waste output by recycling and using bio-degradable packaging, the natural resources required to produce plastic and our Eco Footprint have been covered.  Lunch and classroom waste audits were held over the course of the two weeks.  Marvellous results have been achieved. Tin foil and wrappers in lunch boxes have greatly reduced and the pupils have been coming up with great ideas as to how these achievements can be maintained.  Many thanks to all who have assisted with our successful campaign.  This is an integral part of our work towards our 6th Green  Flag.

In the coming weeks, a wormery will be made, where the children will see how paper, cardboard and food scraps can effectively make compost along with the help of the worms of course!  Interviews with grandparents will be conducted re the lunches they would have taken to school and comparisons  will be made between the lunches of the past and today.  We will also be having slogan and poster competitions based on the theme of waste reduction in the coming weeks.  So watch this space!


As part of our Green Schools programme, our Fourth Class pupils created this very effective and striking Recycling Poster.  It is hanging in our main school hall and looks brilliant. Well done everyone!

MAKING LEAF COMPOST - IT'S FUN!
A natural and free resource at this time of the year are leaves.  So we are back, outside and filling bags of leaves which  have fallen over the last few weeks.  Simply pack them in black refuse sacks, punched with holes and leave outside over the winter months.  Hopefully, in the Spring, you will have nutritious, FREE leaf compost for your garden.

Green Schools News!
The theme for our 6th Green School Flag is Litter and Waste and the Global Impact of putting waste into landfill.  To focus our initiatives, an audit was carried out last week in school on the waste packaging in our lunch boxes (teachers included)
The following results were obtained:
Aluminium Foil                      46%
Wrappers                             72%
Cling Film                              4%

As these materials cannot be recycled, our goal is to greatly reduce or even eliminate the use of these packaing materials. As the highest percentage was wrappers, the "Green Team" looked at the type of wrappers in all the lunch boxes.  They were from snack bars, fruit winders, popcorn and deli wrappers, cheese string, biscuit packets, frube tubes and other wrappers.  

We would really appreciate your co-operation as without it our targets will not be reached.


Some tips from our Green Team

1. Use reusable plastic containers, paper bags or kitchen roll to wrap sandwiches and rolls instead of foil.
2. Consider alternatives to bars and popcorn. How about some plain biscuits, pasta, fruit or vegetables in a re-usable container. A healthier system and cheaper too.

To launch our campaign, we will be having a Waste Packaging Awareness Week from 14th to 18th November.
Audits will be carried out during and after the week.
We are confident that we can really reduce our packaging use.
Results will be posted on this website.

Global Impact
The theme for our 6th Green School Flag is Litter and Waste and the Global Impact of putting waste into landfill.  To focus our initiatives, an audit was carried out last week in school on the waste packaging in our lunch boxes (teachers included)

The following results were obtained:
Aluminium Foil                      46%
Wrappers                             72%
Cling Film                              4%


As these materials cannot be recycled, our goal is to greatly reduce or even eliminate the use of these packaing materials.
As the highest percentage was wrappers, the "Green Team" looked at the type of wrappers in all the lunch boxes.  They were from snack bars, fruit winders, popcorn and deli wrappers, cheese string, biscuit packets, frube tubes and other wrappers.  

We would really appreciate your co-operation as without it our targets will not be reached.


Some tips from our Green Team


1. Use reusable plastic containers, paper bags or kitchen roll to wrap sandwiches and rolls instead of foil.
2. Consider alternatives to bars and popcorn. How about some plain biscuits, pasta, fruit or vegetables in a re-usable container. A healthier system and cheaper too.

To launch our campaign, we will be having a Waste Packaging Awareness Week from 14th to 18th November.
Audits will be carried out during and after the week.
We are confident that we can really reduce our packaging use.
Results will be posted on this website.

 
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