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CHANT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT by 1st Class

IRISH HERITAGE COUNCIL

We were recently visted by Lorraine O'Sullivan from the Irish Heritage Council. She called in to see some of the classes in St. Patricks' NS to teach them a little more about some of Ireland's native animals and how they live. The children really enjoyed the visit and learned lots of interesting facts about nature.

GREEN SCHOOLS' FACTS

GREEN SCHOOLS' FACT OF THE MONTH - MARCH
Did you know that depending on how big it is, a plastic bottle can take up to 1,000 years to disintegrate!!

GREEN SCHOOLS' FACT OF THE MONTH - APRIL
A crisp packet although small still takes 250 years to disintegrate, which is a very, very long time for such a small item.

GREEN SCHOOLS' FACT OF THE MONTH - MAY
In the ocean, it will take up to 200 years for a can to disintegrate yet, the plastic will still remain in the ocean.

GREEN SCHOOLS' NEWS
Our Green Schools Committee Members for this academic year are Bailey Byrne, Shauna Nolan, Orlaith O Sullivan, Emily Lawlor, Carrie Byrne, Meadhbh Douglas, Joseph Gibbons, Cillian Molloy,Conor O Reilly, Hira Nazar and Aoife Fitzpatrick,
Staff Members- Ms F Birch, Ms C Whelan, Ms A Finlay
Parent Rep- Teresa Cullen
School Caretaker- Brigid Joyce


We look forward to working on our Energy – Global Citizenship Theme and ready to get stuck into some new initiatives and applying for our 7th Green Schools Flag in March 2019.
I am delighted to announce that two members of staff, Ms Birch and Ms Whelan have agreed to come on board the committee along with Mrs Teresa Cullen once again as Parent Representative and Brigid our busy school caretaker. Our new members will be of great assistance as they bring new ideas and fresh enthusiasm to our Action Plan.

Our Action Plan for this term involves-
• Energy Monitoring and calculating Energy costs in our school
•  Identifying Energy Hot Spots
•  Monitoring Energy Saving Initiatives in our classrooms
•  Having A Low Energy Awareness Day
•  November No Packaging Campaign up to Christmas.

Parental co-operation is vital to the success of our initiatives and we the Green Team would ask you to consider ways in which packaging (tin foil and cling film), disposable wrappers and tubs could be reduced in your child’s lunchbox.

Lessons will be based on how the production and disposal of packaging has harmful impacts on our world and contributes to Climate Change and Global Warming. These are very topical subjects at present. We have all recently seen and experienced the effects of high temperatures and drought in Ireland this summer with life threatening bushfires, torrential rain, flooding and mudslides affecting other parts of the world.

Our aim is to increase an awareness of the positive effects our actions have on our world and to implement small and manageable actions which will make a difference in counteracting Climate Change.

The children will be conducting surveys, gathering statistics and calculating energy costings, investigating how electricity is produced, creating posters and slogans to promote out Action Days, displaying survey results on graphs and making presentations on topics connected with the Energy Theme throughout the coming year. So, here’s to our next Green Flag!

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.

REMEMBER OUR NOVEMBER - NO WRAPPER CAMPAIGN

WE ARE AIMING TO DRAMATICALLY REDUCE OUR USE OF PLASTIC IN OUR SCHOOL BY USING RE-USABLE AND COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS, INSTEAD OF TIN FOIL AND CLING FILM, MAYBE TRY KITCHEN ROLL OR PAPER SANDWICH BAGS.

WE WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT IN OUR CAMPAIGN.

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.

 
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