Green-School’s Ambassador Caoimhe Walsh-Kelly and Green-School’s Committee member Clara Muller took on the daunting challenge of carrying water on their backs on what was a very warm day in the annual Pres 5K Fun Run.
The girls wanted to highlight the plight of many people in less developed and poorer countries like on the African continent, who for them this is a daily reality in order just to survive.
Thank you to all our students and staff who embraced this year’s ‘water’ theme by wearing something ‘blue’, including one student who painted her face and wore a blue wig – fantastic commitment indeed!!!
Finally, the Green-School’s Committee would like to thank the PE Department as well as the Sports Council for accommodating both Caoimhe and Clara’s ‘Walk For Water’ challenge.
On Friday, May 12th, Colm Claffey and Marita McDonald who are Representatives from Irish Water/ Uisce Eireann visited Presentation College, Currylea to talk to the First Year girls. The girls got the opportunity to actively engage in learning all about the vital importance of protecting one of our most precious and scarcest natural resources that is ‘Water’. The key message the girls took from this talk was the importance of ‘water conservation’ and how we must do much more too actively conserve ‘water’ at an individual level. The girls are now more aware of their individual responsibilities in conserving this precious, natural resource be it in our schools, in our places of work and indeed in our homes and local communities.
The girls were amazed to learn that their local water is sourced from as far as lough Corrib. The Girls got to learn all about the long and expensive process of cleaning and treating foul waste water into consumable drinking water at the Luimnagh Waste Water Treatment Plant on the Headford Road, which supplies an area of County Galway to the East of Lough Corrib, including Tuam town and its surrounding hinterlands. The students really enjoyed engaging in the many interactive activities and experiments, particularly in how to filter dirty waste water into clear drinking water.
The girls were shown images of inside the Lunimnagh Waste Water Treatment Plant and all the facilities, machinery and technology that are used to convert foul wastewater into clean and consumable drinking water, as it leaves our taps.
The girls left the talk much more informed and conscience about the need to do more to ‘Conserve water’ and they found the presentation very enjoyable. The girls did not leave the talk empty handed. Colm and Marita gave everyone a ‘Beat the timer’– where you simply turn the sand timer upside down and see if you can beat the four-minute shower challenge limit.
The First Year girls and the Green-School’s Co-ordinator would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Colm and Marita for having visited us, as we aim to achieve our third Green-School’s flag on the theme of ‘Water’ in 2018.
On Tuesday, 28th of February, 2017, our Green-School’s Ambassadors’ Caoimhe Walsh-Kelly and Jadzia Murphy attended a Support-Session and Workshop at host school Castlerea Community School, in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. The Support-Session and Workshop provided the girls the opportunity to assess their overall progress in the programme to date. This forum also provided the students a platform to share ideas and learn from last year’s Student Ambassadors.
The girls and coordinator would like to thank Caoimhe O’Brien Moran from An Taisce’s Green-School’s for inviting us to this event, guest speakers from Irish Water and finally to Castlerea Community School for being such wonderful hosts on the day.
A very informative and enjoyable day was had by all! Finally, the very best of luck to Caoimhe and Jadzia as they prepare to fill in their Final Progress Reports and aim to become overall Regional Green-School’s Ambassadors 2017!!!