Category Archives: Green School

Walk to School Week 2020 (with a Twist)!

How well do you know your 2-5km radius zone? Whilst we can’t run our annual week-long, walk to school call to action event this year, we have an idea to celebrate Walk to School Week 2020 with a twist! We are asking students and families to take a walk into the great outdoors and discover what their 2-5km has to offer. 

From May 11-15th, 2020, Green-Schools Travel is inviting students, teachers and families nationwide to join us in ‘Getting to know your 2km zone’. As part of the #GreenSchoolsStayHome project we have weekly activities to inspire fully exploring your 2-5km zone, and we will ask if students have valued the time and space that they have been granted as part of the lockdown restrictions.

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Cloonakilla N.S. awarded 7th Flag for Global Citizenship and Energy.

We have been awarded our 7th Green Flag for Global Citizenship and Energy. A huge well done to everyone in Cloonakilla NS who worked so hard to achieve this flag. All our pupils and teachers hard work over the last two years means we will have a new flag to celebrate when we get back to school. A big thank you to our fantastic Green Schools Committee for all their Trojan work in achieving this flag for our school. We are very proud of you all!

Climate Action Week 14th – 18th October

Climate Action Week 14th – 18th October

We celebrated Climate Action Week and raised awareness in our school about Climate Change. The Green Schools Committee worked very hard in the lead up to Climate Action Week, coming up with ideas and activities for all the classes.

We had a wonderful week. All classes watched a PowerPoint about Climate Change.

Juniors, Seniors and 1st Classes planted wildflowers with Mr. O Leochain. We had a guest speaker from the AIT. Chris Mc Cormack spoke to all the children in 6th Class about Climate Change and the effect it is having on our earth.

We had an art competition for 2nd and 3rd classes.

Both 4th classes made their own wonderful projects at home based on Climate Change. They were excellent! 4th Classes showcased their projects to all the other classes in the school. They explained thoroughly what each project was about and all the others classes learnt a lot from their projects.

            Climate Action Week was a great success!

We had great fun learning about Climate Change, raising awareness about Climate Change and taking action to combat Climate Change. A big thank you to the Greens Schools Committee for all their hard work! Remember everyone “A Green Space is A Better Place”

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

Responsible

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!