We were delighted to welcome Paddy Madden from Heritage in Schools to St. Philomena's N.S. earlier this month.
Paddy is a biodiversity expert and helped the Green Schools' Committee and every class in the school to become more familiar with biodiversity in Ireland.
We learned a lot from his visits!
Well done Anna
Congratulations to Anna whose picture was selected to be part of the Offaly County Council's Environmental Awareness calendar. Caroline Clancy visited our school to present Anna with her prize.
Meet Our New Green Schools Committee!
Say hello to our brand new Green Schools Committee! Choosing the committee was a difficult job for the teachers as we received a lot of applications.
Our Green Schools Committee are: 3rd Class - Brynn 4th Class - Molly & Sarah 5th Class - Alana, Kaytlin Mc & Caitlin W. 6th Class - Sarah, Emma & Abbie Congratulations girls! We are sure you will do our school proud!
Our Story so Far......
Last term the whole school worked very hard on reducing our litter where possible. We monitored our rubbish and recycling bins on a regular basis and as a result we noticed that we were recycling a little more than we had been before. In October we saw that the bird table was constantly full of sandwiches and bread rolls. As a result, it was decided that it was no longer ok to leave these unwanted lunches here. Everyone was encouraged to bring their unwanted lunch home each day and Mrs. Kenny's Third Class would feed the birds every morning instead. This has been a huge success. We also made a big effort to keep our yard clean and by the end of December, Mrs. Kenny was very happy with everyone!!
We were very busy recycling and made these beautiful decorations
One of the key success factors of the Green-Schools programme is that it is a themed programme. That is, schools undertaking the programme work through the seven steps one theme at a time. The themes in sequence are: