Green Flag

We in the Green School’s Committee are delighted to announce that we have been awarded our 3rd Green Flag from An Taisce. This flag represents the dedication and hard work from the whole school community in raising awareness and making an added effort to conserve water, both in school and at home.

A special thank you has to be given to our Green School’s Committee. They met frequently for meetings so we knew we were on track with our action plan, gave important messages to other classes, came up with our school slogan and kept a keen eye out for any broken taps or toilets around the school. They did this all with great enthusiasm and eagerness.

We also had a special assembly where the whole school wore blue and each class presented what they have learnt in relation to water conservation. Here is just a sample of some of the hard work that was completed in each classroom.

Junior Infants:
Ms. Coady’s class completed a unit of work based on the topic of weather. They acted in role as meteorologists, weather reporters and weather forecasters. Their artwork is displayed on the Green Schools notice board.

Senior Infants:
Ms Boyle’s class conducted an experiment based on how water travels through plants. For this experiment the children placed celery stalks into jars of water and food colouring. The children predicted what would happen and recorded their findings. A report of this experiment is displayed on the Green Schools notice board.

1st Class:
Ms. Fallow’s class conducted an experiment based on what makes ice melt the quickest. For this experiment the children placed ice in cups with sand, sugar or salt. There was also a cup which contained only ice. The children predicted and checked their experiment regularly. A report of this experiment is displayed on the Green Schools notice board.

1st & 2nd Class:
Ms. Ince’s class discussed various ways to conserve water in school and at home. They have many interesting facts on this topic.

2nd & 3rd Class:
Ms. Stafford’s class learned about the water cycle. They conducted an experiment based on how the water cycle works using a plastic bottle, shaving foam and blue food colouring. Pictures of their experiment can be seen on our notice board. 2nd and 3rd class also learnt a new song about the water cycle.

3rd & 4th Class:
Mr. McCullagh’s class also did curriculum work based on the water cycle. They made group posters together which are displayed on our Green Schools notice board.

4th & 5th Class:
Ms Quinn’s class conducted an experiment based on water filtration. For this experiment the children used a two litre bottle cut in half to act as a funnel. The funnel was filled with layers of sand, pebbles and cotton wool. A separate bottle of dirty water was poured through the funnel. The children then predicted what would happen next and recorded their findings. A report of this experiment is displayed on the Green Schools notice board.

5th & 6th Class:
Ms. Stirling’s class completed a group project based on drought. They discussed and researched the meaning of drought, the direct and indirect impacts of drought and what can be done to alleviate these factors. They also completed a case study on the current drought in Cape Town, South Africa. This group project is displayed beside the Green Schools notice board.

All these presentations and posters can be seen in the corridor on the Green Schools notice board.

Green Flag Presentation:
On Tuesday, 22nd May two representatives from the Green Schools Committee, Megan Burch and Lorcan Murphy joined Ms. Coady and Ms. Boyle on a trip to The Helix in DCU to attend a special ceremony to collect our new Green Flag. There were 60 schools there in total and we were very proud to be a part of such a memorable occasion. Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve our goal.

 

And remember: Saving Water is what we do,
                             We’d like you to join in too!