National Green Schools Water Award Primary School Winners - 01/05/2019 What a way to start off the month of May. The hard working Green Schools Committee had been invited to a gala presentation in the Radison Blu Hotel as they were the winners of the Southern Region, for Water School Award. At the awards ceremony our school was announced as the overall national winner of the Green School Water Award, sponsored by Irish Water. We were presented with a cheque for €2,000 and a trophy along with our Green Flag and certificate. The committee members are:- Céilí Mc Inerney, Hazel Kennedy, Joshua Carroll, Isobelle Codd, Tara Breen, Megan Atkinson, Hazel Mc Grath, Joanne Carroll, James Waters, Lee Dowling, Ann Cussen, Chiara Marcias, Muireann Stamp, Chloe Carroll, Ellie Wickham and the teachers Amanda Hanrahan, Eileen Moitie and Rene Kelly.
Our slogan is:- Stop and think, before you wash, flush or drink.
We attended the water forum organised by An Taisce and set out our action plan which involved lots of activities which included:- installing water filters and butts; regulting tap pressure; replacing faulty taps; adding basins in all sinks,carrying out surveys, visiting the water treatment plant, a local stream visit, poster competition, poetry competition, walk with water, identifying leaking pipes, reading the water meter and lots of work in various curriculum areas including, History, Science, Irish, Maths, SPHE (water safety). Combined with awareness measures that included the wider community and multiple action days the school managed to reduce their already low water usage from 8.871 per person per day to 5.961.
An article written and read by Céilí Mc Inerney at school assembly on 2nd May . The Green Schools Committee have been working very hard for the past few months. Our theme this year is water. Our Green Schools committee was chosen for being the best green school with our ideas and what we've been doing to save water in the south of Ireland. Joshua Carroll, Hazel Kennedy and I were chosen by Ms Kelly, Ms Moitie and Ms Hanrahan to represent our school in the Radison Blu Hotel in Dublin to collect our prizes including, Water School of the Year Southern Regional winners trophy, Green Flag and the Green Flag certificate. And a big surprise came along the way Our Green Schools Committee was rewarded with €2,000 and the Water School of the Year National Winners trophy because we were chosen for being the best Primary Green Schools Committee all over Ireland.
Ms Kelly was interviewed on South East Radio, Morning Mix, on Friday 3rd May at 10:30, where she outlined the magnitude of this achievement very eloquently. This can be heard on South East Radio Podcast (Click on the Link to hear https://www.southeastradio.ie/on-demand/ (Select Friday 3rd May).
Green Schools News - 15/02/2019 The Green Schools Committee entered the SEAI One Good Idea 2018/19 competition. Our one good idea is to reduce the use of plastic and paper cups and begin using reusable cups, to save our environment. We are trying to raise awarness by hanging up posters around the parish and our motto is "Chuck the Cup". So far, we have successfully made it through to the second round - (one of only 40 schools!) and are hoping to win the competition. The Cup Crew