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Green and Amber Flags at Cloonakilla NS 2018

The Raising of Our Green and Amber Flags at Cloonakilla NS 2018

On the 25th of October we had a ceremony in school to celebrate raising of our First Amber Flag and our sixth Green Flag. The Amber Flag is flying high to represent the fact that our school promotes positive mental health and wellbeing for all the pupils and staff who come here every day to learn and work. This year’s Green Flag was about increasing our awareness of Global Citizenship. The children worked really hard to prepare for these flags. There was a committee of volunteers working on each of these flags. They created Power Point presentations to show to the parents and our VIP guests, Suzanne Dempsey from Roscommon County Council and Gerard Tiernan from Pieta Midlands. During the day of celebration, there were lots of fun activities organised for the children. Mr O Leochainn gave a workshop about dog litter. Ms Donnelly gave yoga workshops. Invited guest Michael Bell spoke to the children wildlife. The Parents’ Association provided tea and cakes. It was a lovely day!

Bird Feeders

Bird Feeders and Bird Cakes

6th class made bird feeders and bird cakes.

For the bird cakes, we cut a hole in a yogurt pot and put string through it.

Next we tied a lollipop stick to the string, to act as a perch.

We mixed melted lard with breadcrumbs, raisins and seeds and put the mixture in the pot and put it in the fridge to harden.

When the lard had hardened and set, we took it out of the pot and hung it up.

For the bird feeders we cut holes in a bottle and inserted chopsticks into the holes to act as the perches.

Next we made slightly larger holes for feeding holes. We used a funnel for filling it with seeds.

Next, we put the lid on the bottles and hung them up with string.

By Oisín Moran

Green School Action Plan 2017 – 2018


Green Schools News

This year we are continuing to work towards our 6th Green Flag- Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste. The committee held their first meeting at the end of September. We got the litter picking rota going again and we assigned bin police to check everyone is segregating their waste properly. Each class was to do a lesson on Global Citizenship an what it means before the mid-term break. We will hold another meeting in the middle of November.


This is our action plan for the coming year.

Action/Target Person/Group


Timeline Progress Made
Reduce litter on the yard Children on rota (1st-6th) Ongoing
Reduce Waste – carry out waste audit All Classes September 16-September 17
Ensure all bins are labelled: recycling and rubbish Oisín T and Emma September 17
Police bins to ensure correct rubbish is in correct bins Bin Police: Sarah and Cian September 17-June 18
Build on Global Citizenship Awareness introduced last year All classes to review new ppt January 17-October 18
Increase result in Global Awareness survey from 2016-2017 4th, 5th, 6th Class September 17 – November 18
Increase awareness of life in countries around the world through class projects All Classes Ongoing
Ensure all children can say school jingle All classes March 17- October 17
Increase children partaking in wow days (averaging 80 children in 2017) All classes Spring 2018  

6th Class: Planting Bulbs


Planting Daffodil Bulbs

In this term, Sixth Class went outside to plant daffodils bulbs with Gerry in the flower beds. We took a few bulbs each and Gerry had already dug holes for us to put the bulbs into. We then placed four to five bulbs in each hole. We made sure that the roots were facing down. Gerry then filled the holes with compost. We think that the bulbs will grow well as they are sheltered by the wall. We are looking forward to seeing bright yellow daffodils in spring!

Last meeting of Green School Committee 2016/17

The Green School’s Committee had their last meeting of 2016-2017. We have all learnt a lot about Global Citizenship. We will continue working hard to be good global citizens next year and hopefully we will gain our next Green Flag. Thank you to all the committee members who worked very hard all year.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Appeal


img_6266 img_6267 img_6268 img_6271 img_6272This year Cloonakilla N.S supported the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Appeal. The families in our school were extremely generous and donated lots of items – on Monday evening we dropped off countless bags and boxes of food and goodies to St Vincent de Paul!!! In the images below you can see the proud Green School Committee members pictured with all of the items that were donated. We decided to support this appeal as we are currently working towards obtaining our 6th Green Schools Flag. The theme for this year is Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste.


Thank you to everybody who contributed to this appeal.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas,

The Green School Committee