Green Schools 2021/2022
Achieving Our 7th Flag!
Our school has just been awarded our 7th Green Flag as part of the Green School’s programme and we were one of six schools in the whole country to have achieved the most recent flag. Our new theme was “Global Citizenship and Energy”. Continuing on from previous work carried out on the theme of saving energy, this theme involved a wider focus on how energy can be saved around the world to reduce the negative impact on the environment (e.g. climate change).
A short video (2-3 minutes long) on “The story of Energy” is available here:
Our Green School’s committee members consisted of eight students from sixth class who worked tirelessly this year to ensure the theme was implemented throughout the school. We were presented with our award virtually on 25th May. We hope the initiative has had a positive effect on all pupils and that there is a greater awareness of how to save energy on a daily basis.
We ran a whole-school competition earlier in the year to find our new Green School slogan. Jaxson Keighron was our winner with his inspiring slogan;
“Now's the Time to be Green, so Let's Save Energy as a Team” (See our photo below)
Ingrid from SEAI visited our school in February to run workshops with the children on the theme of energy. Linked to the curriculum area of Science, experiments were conducted.
Karen visited our school to conduct art workshops on a previous Green School theme of Biodiversity. After studying how local birds build their nests, the children had to design and make their own nests using clay and natural items such as twigs, leaves, moss, etc. The children had lots of fun at this activity! (See our brilliant photos).
Linked to the creative writing genre of “persuasive writing” in English, 5th class wrote letters to some local MEP candidates running in the May elections to lobby for action on climate change. The children had some excellent ideas and the letters were fuelled with passion for a future cleaner planet for their generation!