Our Green School Blog
Our school is part of the Green-schools programme. The aim of the programme is to make environmental awareness and action part of the life and ethos of the school. We have 7 green flags already for :
1. Litter and waste (pick-up litter, cut down on single use plastic, recycle)
2. Energy (close doors and turn off lights- energy saver in classes)
3. Water (turn of the tap while brushing your teeth)
4. Travel (walk or cycle to school if it’s safe for you to do so)
5. Biodiversity (plant bulbs and seeds)
6. Global citizenship litter and waste
7. Global citizenship and energy
Every school was given 4 trees to plant as part of National Science Week. Dangan Nurseries in Galway kindly donated an Alder tree sapling, Ash, Oak and Birch saplings to our school for planting. Third class were involved in planting these native trees with our Caretaker Des. We hope they grow tall and strong! We also planted the last few daffodil bulbs!
We held a Climate Action Week in our school from 14th-20th of October. During this week all classes took part in lots of fun and interesting activities. Junior infants - Third class took part in a tree identification lesson. They can now identify lots of different types of trees on our school grounds. All classes were involved in planting our raised beds with spring bulbs. Our biggest action of the week was getting rid of all our single use plastic bottles from the school lunches. We have replaced them with reusable drink bottles that the pupils use every day. All classes were encouraged to write a climate action pledge and put it into our climate action pledge box. Here are some of the pledges that were written:
I pledge to buy less plastic..
I pledge to save water and electricity..
I pledge to pick up rubbish..
I pledge to use less plastic..
I pledge to recycle more..
Have a look at the powerpoints below to find more about what we have been learning about!
The Green-schools committee is up and running. They are busy emptying recycling bins, doing litter-picking duty and keeping classes up-to-date on green-schools issues.
We hope to get our 8th green flag this year. The theme we are working on is Global Citizenship and the Marine Environment.
One of the first events of the school year starts on October 14th- that is Climate Action week. Our school will mark Climate action week with a number of events and activities. Every class will get to plant spring bulbs in our school garden, infants to fourth class will do a tree ID lesson with our green-schools committee, we will set up a climate action pledge box, talk about climate change and even get rid of our single use plastic water bottles from the school lunches!
Every pupil will get a reusable drink bottle! By doing this we will dramatically reduce the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis. Over 240 less plastic bottles daily! Here is a photo of some of our classes with their reusable drink bottles. We will keep you up-to-date on any further events and activities happening next week for Climate action week.
Please watch our videos on Plastic Pollution
We are working towards getting our 8th green flag for Global citizenship and marine environment. There are several steps for our school to follow before we get the flag and we will spend two years working on this theme.
Check out the greenschoolsireland.org website for lots of interesting information on this theme and all the other themes too.
Our green schools committee members for 2018/2019 are as follows: Emma, Kacey, Paris, Áine, Bethany, Rihanna, Georgina, Tyra and Moesha.
We will have regular meetings on Wednesdays in Ms. Power’s classroom. The committee aims to direct and address the green-schools programme. We have to conduct an environmental review, write up an action plan, monitor progress, see how our work links to the curriculum, inform classes of any great work done and write a green code! There is a lot to be done!
Answers (1. Green bin 2. Green bin 3. Green bin 4. Grey bin 5. Green bin 6. Grey bin 7. Grey bin)
Design a poster for your classroom reminding everyone in your class about what goes in each bin.
Check out the recycling poster on the city bin website. Click on For household and then click handy downloads to view the poster.
On Wednesday 30th February our two fourth classes attended the green-schools marine environment conference in the Galway Bay hotel in Salthill. We met pupils from other schools around the country that are also working towards getting their 8th green flag. They displayed amazing art work, presented poems and sang songs related to this theme. We learned about basking sharks swimming in the Atlantic, we listened to sounds of the sea and we heard whales, sharks, puffins, seagulls, seals and many more. At the very end of the conference we all made a pledge to be seakeepers. This means we will work towards learning about our marine life, how to keep our beaches clean and passing on our knowledge so that future generations can enjoy our beautiful marine environment.
Our Green Schools Day Out On Wednesday 30th of January 2019, Fourth Class packed their bags and went out to the waiting bus. We were lucky enough to be invited to the Galway Bay Hotel for a Green Schools event. The Green Schools event was teaching us about plastic pollution and littering focusing on reducing plastic pollution in our oceans and seas. Firstly, when we arrived we were brought into a beautiful, spacious hall. Our table was called the ‘Lucky Lobsters’. There were two people dressed up as mascots, one as a lobster and one asa puffin. Some of us were a little scared of them! We listened to some speakers talking about projects they made in school. One man spoke about underwater animals and underwater photography. That was very interesting. We saw some photos of sea animals caught up in loose fishing nets and in plastic bags. It was sad to see. Another man was on stage dancing with a drum. He wanted us to join in and pretend to be starfish, seashells, lobsters and crabs. This was enjoyable and fun. We were then allowed to walk around and look at the other schools projects. We even saw a baby shark! Our favourite project was ‘The Beak Challenge’. This activity involved us choosing a‘claw’ from an assortment of different shaped items e.g. clothes peg, tweezers, and we had to fill up a paper cup with various things to resemble bird food. Another school had a large box of sand and like a ‘lucky dip’ we had to dip into the sand and pull out an item. Some of use pulled out seashells while others found plastic! This project showed us how our sandy beaches are being ruined by plastic rubbish. We also loved the ‘Sounds of the Sea’ quiz. Here, different sea creatures’ sounds we played and we had to guess what animals they were. This was much harder than it sounds! But we learned a lot from this quiz. At lunchtime we moved to another gorgeous room and we were given adelicious dinner. We even had ice-cream for dessert! Yum! When we were leaving, we were given a bamboo toothbrush and a lovely reusable water bottle. We are encouraged to reduce our use of plastic and these are two simple ways for us to start. We love them and we love our oceans so reducing plastic pollution is important to us! Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the day and we learned so much about our marine life and how to reduce plastic pollution.