We have a new Green School Committee led by Ms.O'Riordan. The team is made of 6 members from 4th and 6th class. They have lots of ideas for us. They will help maintain our previous flags which were for Litter and Waste, Energy and Water. They have restarted composting in school and bin checks They are making a bug hotel for the school.
They lead the journey towards the next flag which is the Travel Flag. We look forward to hearing from Lillian, Fred, Mary, Ciara, Jaye and Daragh over the new few months.
We are delighted to announce that Cloughduv N.S. has been successful in their application for the another Green Flag.
This flag is awarded for the Water Theme. The committee have led the school in learning about water conservation. They have measured our water usage and learned that we use on average 8.5L of water per person during the school day.
They held competitions, gave water conservation tips and held a wonderful Action Day. During the Action Day children from the Junior classes participated in water experiments and the Senior classes partook in a quiz. We also did a Walk for Water as a whole school. All classes undertook various lessons on water.
Our motto is ' Be top of Your Class, Turn off the Tap'
We have continued to maintain our previous themes - Litter and Waste as well as Energy. Next, we will aim to learn about Travel.
The Green School Committee have worked tremendously this term. They have rejuvenated environmental awareness in the school. Videos were made to teach the classes what items to put in each bin. They have regularly carried out bin checks in every classroom with rewards given for doing well. They held an upcycling Christmas decoration competition. There were many wonderful entries with 1 winner from each class.
As part of the Green School, we are also partaking in a project called Plastic Free for kids. Our aim is to reduce the single use plastic in our schools. How? There are 2 targets:
1. By using reusable water bottles - as many already do.
2. We also want to stop using single use plastic and tin foil in lunches. We want to encourage the use of lunch boxes alone or reusable wrappers. All support is needed for this
More information can be found through this link.
This year our Green Schools' team is led by Ms. O’Riordan. The Committee is made up of children from 5th and 6th. They meet regularly to put ideas and projects in place about how we can maintain our flags for Litter and Waste and Energy. They also are leading us towards attaining a Water Flag. We look forward to hearing from Aine, Matt, Aoife and Jack over the new few months.
This year our Green Schools' team is led by Ms. Barry. They meet regularly to put ideas and projects into place about how we can achieve our next flag-water.
At our monthly assemblies, the children give a brief overview about what they are doing & do a quick environmental quiz with the children. Recently prizes were awarded for Water conservation posters.
On Monday 13th May, Mrs. Landers and three members of the Green School Committee – Chelsey, Grace and Rachel attended the Green Flag presentation ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island. They were presented with our second Green Flag which was for Energy Conservation. Our school has been working on this area for almost two years, having commenced in September 2017.
Well done to all the members of the school community for their work in this area and particularly to Mrs. Landers and the Green School Committee for steering all the hard work.
On the day of the Easter holidays, we received the great news that our application for our second green flag award was successful!
Congratulations to every single student and staff member who contributed to this success over the past two years.
The award ceremony for all Cork schools is taking place on Monday 13th May, in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island. Unfortunately, due to the number of schools attending, only three committee members can accompany Mrs. Landers to the presentation.
However, we plan to have a Green School Event in June when we will raise our flag and we will all get an opportunity to celebrate our success together.
For step 7 of our journey towards getting our second green flag, we needed to compose a GREEN CODE. Last week, Mrs. Landers asked the 4th, 5th and 6th classes to put their heads together and think of some catchy slogans. Our class (5th and 6th) were split into groups and came up with several slogans each and then picked the best. We then wrote them all down on a piece of paper and handed them to Mrs. Landers. The best of the slogans have been put together into a 14 line rap. This rap is now our official Green Code. We will add more onto it in future years when the school is working towards more green flags.
As part of our Green Schools campaign, we held a Climate Action week in October. All the children in the school made climate pledges which are hanging on the wall at our Green Schools Notice Board. We held a 'Low Power' day on Tuesday and tried to avoid using equipment powered by electricity from 9:45am. The children were encouraged to look for 'energy vampires' at home to help lower energy consumption in their homes. And we held a tree planting ceremony on Thursday mornning to highlight an action that can be taken by all of us. Two native trees were planted by Oisín and Emily Rose - the eldest and youngest students in the school with a little bit of help from Canan Bernard Donovan.
Here are some photos from Climate Action Week!