Green-Schools Award Ceremony

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For the past two years, our school has been working on the theme of Energy in our Green-Schools Programme. Today, we were awarded a new Green Flag for our work on the programme. Two members of our Green-School committee, Layla Nibbs and Thomas Bell, collected the flag with Mrs. Stenson and Ms. Donohoe. Well Done everyone!

Planting in 6th Class

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Ms. Donohoe’s 6th Class planted the runner beans and carrots they had planted as seeds in pots a few weeks ago in our new school polytunnel this morning.

 

Energy Awareness Week

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This week was Energy Awareness Week in Mercy Primary! Energy is our theme of work towards our next Green-Schools Flag. We concluded the week today with a Low Energy Day. We used much less energy today than last Friday. Well done to everybody for their efforts!!

Energy Workshops

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Energy is the current theme of our Green-School Programme. As part of the programme, some senior classes will attend Energy Workshops by SEAI this week. The children will discuss energy sources – sustainable and non-sustainable, help with some energy experiments and play a board game to collect energy tokens for their teams! Thank you to Johnny from the Organic Centre in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim for delivering these workshops.

 

 

Energy Awareness Week

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Last week was Energy Awareness Week in our school. The next Green-School Flag we are working towards requires us to make greater efforts to conserve energy at school and at home by turning off lights, closing doors, turning off taps, walking to school when we can etc. All classes participated in workshops with Martina Butler from the Heritage Council, school and home energy audits, ‘WOW’ Day, quizzes, poster competitions etc. By the end of the week, it was clear to everybody that we all CAN change our bad habits in to good habits! Well Done everybody and keep up the good work!

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A Sea Aquarium in the Classroom

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Ms. Donohoe’s 6th Class had an aquarium in their classroom for a few weeks recently. The aquarium contained seven species that live in Irish waters including a starfish, a hermit crab and a prawn. The children had to feed the species regularly and check the water temperature and oxygen filter daily. They researched each species in groups and presented their findings to the class. They also discussed the causes and effects of water pollution and designed awareness posters to display in school.

Bin It!

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Last week, the children from 3rd Class to 6th Class participated in a comical workshop and discussion about littering and the proper disposal of chewing gum.

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Green-School Committee

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The all new Green-School committee for 2015-2016 has been appointed and the members met for the first time today. They will especially work on recycling and energy monitoring duties in the coming months. They received special Green-Schools badges to wear on their uniforms everyday too!

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Flag Raising 2015

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There was a great sense of achievement among staff and children in the school garden today as we raised our 1st Active Flag AND our 7th Green School Flag! Well Done everybody! Thank you to Fr. Gillooly and Sr. Teresa for doing the honours!

Work in the Garden

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We have been very busy preparing our school garden for the summer under the direction of Ms. Gillespie! The Gardening Committee and the boys from The Plazas have been weeding, planting and watering. The Gardening Committee and 6th Class painted labels and drawings on to the wooden bedding surrounds to make them look pretty. 3rd/4th Class helped Shailagh Healy to construct an Insect Hotel to attract mini-beasts in to the garden and Michael Bell talked to 1st Class and 5th Class about mini-beasts and birds we might spot in our garden. Well done everybody!!! The garden looks so pretty in the sunny weather!

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Green-Schools Award Ceremony

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Today Mrs. Stenson, Ms. Donohoe and two representatives from the Green-School committee collected our seventh Green-School flag for the theme of Global Citizenship: Litter and Waste. Well done to the Green-School committee, staff and parents for their co-operation with the implementation of the programme. We will be raising the flag outside the school soon!!!!!

 

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Litter and Waste Workshops

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As part of our Green-School Programme, Martina Butler visited all classes to talk with them about the huge global problem of waste and litter amounts. Junior classes helped Foxy the puppet to sort his waste in a responsible way while senior classes were shocked to learn of how long it takes some of our waste items to decompose and disintegrate. For example, it takes an orange peel 6 months to decompose, a nappy takes 45 years and it takes a milk carton 5 years. Martina urged us all to REFUSE to contribute to this huge global problem.

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