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 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!


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.


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!


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!





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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Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

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As part of our Green-Schools theme of Global Citizenship, the senior classes in the school looked at Fair Trade through the story of chocolate. After learning of the story of chocolate from when it grows in cacoa pods to when it reaches the shops as chocolate bars etc., we discussed why the farmers who grow the cacoa so often live in poverty eventhough chocolate-making companies make lots of money every year. We learned about the Fairtrade initiative and will now recognise it’s symbol in shops on items such as chocolate bars, coffee, sugar, flowers etc.







Here are some photographs of our activities during our Fairtrade workshops. Our favourite activity was blind-tasting Fairtrade chocolate and non-Fairtrade chocolate and rating each variety for appearance, smell and taste! On Friday we had some Ben and Jerry’s Fairtrade ice-cream after all of our work during the workshops.



Litter Workshops with Farmer John and his animals

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All classes from Junior Infants to 4th Class attended litter workshops with Farmer John and his animals this month. Farmer John talked to the children about how bad litter is for our environment, how long it takes materials such as plastic to be broken down and how helpful reusing and recycling is. The children and teachers promised to always remember this and to always make the effort to help. Afterwards, the children met his animal friends!!


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