Green Schools Registration 

Connaught-Ulster Support Session for Green-School’s Ambassador Programme 2017

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!!!

Our Green-School's Ambassadors' Jadzia Murphy and Caoimhe Walsh-Kelly along with their fellow Ambassadors, learning the steps involved as they aim to achieve the coveted title of Regional Green-School's Ambassadors.
Our Green-School’s Ambassadors’ Jadzia Murphy and Caoimhe Walsh-Kelly along with their fellow Ambassadors, learning the steps involved as they aim to achieve the coveted title of Regional Green-School’s Ambassadors.
Green-School's Ambassadors from all over Ireland pose for a photograph at the end of the event
Green-School’s Ambassadors from all over Ireland pose for a photograph at the end of the event
Green-School's Ambassadors enjoying an Ice-breaker activity and getting to know each other
Green-School’s Ambassadors enjoying an Ice-breaker activity and getting to know each other

 

Green-School’s Committee 2016 – 2017

Green-School’s Committee 2016 - 2017
Green-School’s Committee 2016 – 2017
Green-School’s Committee 2016 - 2017
Green-School’s Committee 2016 – 2017

 

Our Green-School’s Committee are so proud to have achieved Green-School’s flags on the themes of ‘Litter and Waste’ and ‘Energy’. Seán Canney TD and Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief, will shortly visit our school to join in our celebrations and formally raise our ‘Energy’ themed Green Flag. We are really looking forward to this momentous occasion!

We are now embarking on a two-year journey to achieve a third Green-School’s flag on the theme of ‘Water’. On Wednesday, the 19th of October, 2016, the Green-School’s Co-ordinator along with four students’ Keira White, Jadzia Murphy, Clara Muller and Caoimhe Walsh Kelly attended a special free secondary school Green-Schools ‘Water’ forum at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The students came away from the forum full of great ideas and an Action Plan on how we plan on achieving our Water themed Green Flag.

Congratulations to students’ Jennifer Mannion Fifth Year, Jadzia Murphy Third year  and Caoimhe Walsh Kelly Third Year who have been successfully chosen as Green-School’s Ambassadors on the theme of ‘Water’ with the Westmeath Ambassador training programme.

The programme is run in partnership with Irish water, and aims to raise awareness about the Green-School’s Programme as a whole, the importance of water and issues surrounding this resource amongst our school and local community. They will attend a training day on Wednesday the 16th of November in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone and a support session workshop in January.

The girls will complete training days and will then share what they have learned with our school and community and attend a support day to share ideas and learn from last year’s Ambassadors.  Three students from across Ireland, will then be chosen as Green-School’s Regional Ambassadors based on work they have to completed and submitted. Best of luck to the girls in their Green endeavours!!

Green Schools host the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop

This week the Green Schools committee hosted the Wrigley’s ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’Workshop.  At this workshop all of the Second Year students had a very enjoyable and interesting workshop, which highlighted the serious issue of chewing gum littering in our communities.
Hosts Rebekah and John encouraged the students to think carefully about where they dispose of their gum now, and into the future. Let’s all work to keep our areas chewing gum litter free!

Green Schools host the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop
Green Schools host the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop
Second Year students enjoyed the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop, which highlighted the issue of chewing gum littering in our communities.
Second Year students enjoyed the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop, which highlighted the issue of chewing gum littering in our communities.
Hosts Rebekah and John encouraged the students to think carefully about where they dispose of their gum now, and into the future
Hosts Rebekah and John encouraged the students to think carefully about where they dispose of their gum now, and into the future
Hosts Rebekah and John encouraged the students to think carefully about where they dispose of their gum now, and into the future
Hosts Rebekah and John encouraged the students to think carefully about where they dispose of their gum now, and into the future
Green Schools host the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop
Green Schools host the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop
Second Year students enjoyed the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop, which highlighted the issue of chewing gum littering in our communities.
Second Year students enjoyed the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop, which highlighted the issue of chewing gum littering in our communities.
Second Year students enjoyed the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop, which highlighted the issue of chewing gum littering in our communities.
Second Year students enjoyed the ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’ Workshop, which highlighted the issue of chewing gum littering in our communities.

 

STUDENTS AT THE PRES CURRYLEA ARE BURNING CALORIES NOT CARBON

The Green Schools team teamed up with An Taisce and Pedal Energy, to run a unique bicycle powered Energy Action day as part of the Green Schools programme.  The day was held to highlight the need for us all to use energy wisely, and whenever possible to conserve energy in order to minimise the effects that our energy use is having on our environment.

The day consisted of a six bicycle powered generators which delivered real-time electricity, the students powered the unique presentation given by Gavin Heart, who outlined the effects of climate change and energy consumption. The girls had to cycle bikes to power the show; if the peddling stopped; so did the show.

Gavin’s message was simple ‘The power to influence climate change is in our hands… and feet! That the story of climate change is directly connected to the amount of energy we use, and how s we now take that energy for granted.

He highlighted the fact that a typical thirty-minute cycle produces about 40 watts of energy enough to run…

  • A CFL lightbulb for about 2 hours
  • Five full mobile phone charges
  • About 1 hour on your laptop

And that every Irish person needs the equivalent of fifty people constantly cycling to produce enough energy to power their average day!

The six beautiful, comfortable and classy bicycles were kindly provided for the day by O’Neill cycle shop, without whom the day could not have been held.
During the break times, the students got to use the bicycles to provide power for some music and used the bicycle powered smoothie maker to make smoothies.

The Green Schools team also used the day to sell smoothies in aid of the LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.  The ingredients and equipment for the smoothies were kindly sponsored from Supermac’s, Curley’s Quality Foods and Squeeze the Juice Bar who all supported this worthy cause.

The Pedal Energy event provided the Pres with an inspiring and educational event for all our students, whilst also participating in the Green Schools energy theme. This fun event supported our school’s ongoing efforts to successfully complete the seven steps for the Green Schools Energy & Waste Flag.

The Girls enjoying the burn Calories Not Carbon presentation as part of the Green Schools Energy Day
The Girls enjoying the burn Calories Not Carbon presentation as part of the Green Schools Energy Day
The Girls enjoying their smoothies & cycling to power the burn Calories Not Carbon presentation for the Green Schools Energy Day
The Girls enjoying their smoothies & cycling to power the burn Calories Not Carbon presentation for the Green Schools Energy Day
Having fun whilst making smoothies whilst also raising funds for the LauraLynn Children's Hospice
Having fun during the Green Schools Energy Day making smoothies whilst also raising funds for the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice
The Green Schools sold smoothies in aid of the Laura Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice with ingredients & equipment that were kindly sponsored from Supermac’s, Curley’s Quality Foods & Squeeze the Juice Bar here in Tuam
The Green Schools sold smoothies in aid of the Laura Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice with ingredients & equipment that were kindly sponsored from Supermac’s, Curley’s Quality Foods & Squeeze the Juice Bar here in Tuam
Some of the delicious fruit & vegetables used to make the smoothies & juices in aid of the LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice.
Some of the delicious fruit & vegetables used to make the smoothies & juices in aid of the LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.

 Green Schools & WEEE Ireland are running a recycling week from Mon 29th of February until Fri 4th of March.

Green Schools in association with WEEE Ireland are running a recycling week from Mon 29th of February until Fri 4th of March.

For the week WEEE Ireland are inviting everyone to come and recycle any electrical waste into any of the WEEE Recycling cages that will be outside the school for the week between 9am – 3.45pm.

The WEEE recycling crew will also be at the school all day on Saturday 5th of March from 10 am – 4 pm to help anyone dispose of any large electrical items.

The WEEE Recycling cages that will be outside the school for the week between Mon 29th of February until Fri 4th of March from 9am – 3.45pm and on Saturday 5th of March from 10 am – 4 pm.

Green Schools Survey & Competition

As part of the 2015-2016 green schools programme we are working towards our second green flag Energy.

The ideology behind Energy Conservation is not to waste energy, whilst also making sure that no one is left in the dark, no one is without heat and no one cannot use their IT devices. It’s all about using energy smarter.

We are conducting a questionnaire to find out about energy consumption in our homes and schools, it is part of our work on the Green-Schools programme. If you could take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire we would be very grateful and you could win a prize of an ITunes voucher & headsets.

Many thanks for your time.

Click here to access the survey:  Green Schools

Green Schools 2015 – 2016

The Green Schools Committee is proud to introduce this year’s team. This year our goals are to maintain our Green Flag for Waste, and we aim to get our second Green Flag in for Energy.

We have recruited some of our old and new Green School members to help us reach these targets.

We plan on splitting the committee into two groups.  One group to continue with the work on reducing our waste, and increasing our levels of recycling in the school.  The second group will work towards achieving the Energy flag.

We held a committee vote and Jennifer Mannion was elected Senior Green Schools secretary, whilst Emma Mullins was elected Junior Greens Schools secretary.

We are looking forward to promoting and increasing awareness to a sustainable lifestyle in our school throughout 2015 – 2016.

Green Schools Committee Members 2015/16

First Year:  Aideen Quinn Walsh & Claddagh O’Reilly
Second Year: Ciara O`Callaghan, Jadzia Murphy, Melissa Ward, Lora Dimitrova, Clara Muller & Emma Mullins
Third Year: Alana Maria, Robyn O’Grady & Himeko De Francesco
Transition Year: Anna Leufer, Jacqui Conway, Laura Flanagan & Jennifer Mannion
Fifth Year: Hannah Byrne, Emily Warren, Emily Warren &  Alice Butler McDermott
Leaving Certificate: Elizabeth McNicholas, Leah Monaghan

The 2015/16 Green School Committee
The 2015/16 Green School Committee

 

Green Schools Survey & Competition

As part of the 2015-2016 green schools programme we are working towards our second green flag Energy.

The ideology behind Energy Conservation is not to waste energy, whilst also making sure that no one is left in the dark, no one is without heat and no one cannot use their IT devices. It’s all about using energy smarter.

We are conducting a questionnaire to find out about energy consumption in our homes and schools, it is part of our work on the Green-Schools programme. If you could take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire we would be very grateful and you could win a prize of an ITunes voucher & headsets.

Many thanks for your time.

Click here to access the survey:  Green Schools Survey 

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Recycle For Good – Battery Recycling Drive

Our Green Schools team have joined with WEEE Ireland to try to break the €250, 000 donation mark for Ireland’s only children’s hospice LauraLynn by filling as many boxes of batteries as possible.

Every single battery recycled at school raises funds for the LauraLynn Charity, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.  Plus every battery recycled is one less in landfill and as a result helps the environment, so it’s certainly worth the effort.

Please send us in any old batteries that are lying around your homes and you can even ask neighbours and relatives to give us their old batteries too, as every little helps!

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