GREEN SCHOOLS' FACT OF THE MONTH
Did you know that depending on how big it is, a plastic bottle can take up to 1,000 years to disintegrate!!
REMEMBER OUR NOVEMBER -
WE ARE AIMING TO DRAMATICALLY REDUCE OUR USE OF PLASTIC IN OUR SCHOOL BY USING RE-
WE WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT IN OUR CAMPAIGN.
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,
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.
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.
MAKING LEAF COMPOST -
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.