Green Schools Team Attend the Green Schools Expo 2018

On Thursday the 22nd of February, the Green Schools committee and a number of First Year Students travelled to the RDS in Dublin for the Green Schools Expo. The exhibition was a wonderful opportunity for students to talk to various environmental organisations and students from various schools around the country.

All of the exhibition stands were engaging and interactive and the girls enjoyed themselves thoroughly participating in the many games and activities to help them better understand the environment.

With organisations such as Irish Aid, Irish Water, SEAI and Weee Ireland along with various primary and secondary schools, the students got a range of insights into other Green Schools campaigns and the work being done also outside of schools to protect and nurture the environment.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it very beneficial to their learning and work on the Green Schools committee.

 

Greens Schools Water Ambassador training day

Some of the Green Schools committee members attended the Greens Schools Water Ambassador day in Roscommon at the Abbey Hotel. The day included entertaining, descriptive presentations.

We did lots of interactive experiments to imagine how water reacts to chemicals for example. We also visited the local Water Treatment Plant, where we got an insight on how water is treated. At the end of the day, we got Water Ambassador Hoodies and goodie bags with more information about the programme.

A great day was had by all

Rebecca Fischer, Dominika Wisniewska, Caoimhe Walsh Kelly, Clara Muller, Megan McCabe and Emma Leufer

Some of the Greens Schools team at the Water Ambassador training day
The Green Schools Team learning how water is treated
The Green Schools Team learning how water is treated
Greens Schools Water Ambassador training day learning how water is treated

 

Irish Water/ Uisce Eireann Green-School’s talk First Year students

Our First Year students got the opportunity to learn about the process of the 'Water Cycle' in our natural environment. Irish Water Rep Marita McDonald delivers her presentation to the girls.

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.

Can you take a shower in under four minutes and 'Beat the timer' - Give it a go..
Can you take a shower in under four minutes and ‘Beat the timer’ – Give it a go..
Irish Water Rep Colm Claffey demonstrates the use of interactive mobile phone  technology, as the girls learn about the process of turning wastewater into consumable drink.
Irish Water Rep Colm Claffey demonstrates the use of interactive mobile phone technology, as the girls learn about the process of turning wastewater into consumable drink.
Students got the opportunity to engage in fun, interactive learning activities. Students here are demonstrating  the process of filtration, as waste water is turned into consumable drinking water.
Students got the opportunity to engage in fun, interactive learning activities. Students here are demonstrating the process of filtration, as waste water is turned into consumable drinking water.
This First Year student got to opportunity to view the 'fine particles' that are still visible in what appears to be clean drinking water.
This First Year student got to opportunity to view the ‘fine particles’ that are still visible in what appears to be clean drinking water.
Our First Year students got the opportunity to learn about the process of the 'Water Cycle' in our natural environment. Irish Water Rep Marita McDonald delivers her presentation to the girls.
Our First Year students got the opportunity to learn about the process of the ‘Water Cycle’ in our natural environment. Irish Water Rep Marita McDonald delivers her presentation to the girls.