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.
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
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.