Hi everyone! We want to keep our Green Schools' Journey going as best we can while we all stay safe at home. Aoibh from our committee has created a super 'Insect Hunt' that you could try in your garden (make sure you follow the '5km' and any other social distancing rules!). Click on 'Insect Hunt' below to download it. I am also putting a Padlet on this post where anyone can post the 'Green' activities they have been up to. Have a look!
Take care and stay safe, The Green Schools Committee
I hope you are all well and staying safe and well.
Although we are all at home, I think we should try to continue our Green Schools' journey as best we can! I am setting up a 'Virtual' Green Schools meeting on Padlet.
Padlet is kind of like a noticeboard where everyone can contribute. It is so easy to use on any device! Just scroll down to the padlet and press the + button on the bottom right-hand corner. A text box should open. Put your name as the title and write your comment underneath. When you are finished writing, press 'Post'. If you need to change or delete your comment, you can, so don't worry about making a mistake! Please remember that whatever you post is visible on the website, so make sure to be respectful and kind at all times.
If you haven't used Padlet before, you might ask someone at home to help you. My class and Mrs. Gaffey's class should be pros by now!
I have been sent some ideas from the people who run Green Schools but I'd also like to hear from you all.
If you have any ideas for continuing our G.S. journey, write them below. Even if you don't, just write a comment to say hello! :)
Miss Higgins :)
Earth Day: 22nd April 2020
I hope you and your families are healthy and well at home.
Today, we are celebrating Earth Day! Not only that, we are celebrating Earth Day's 50th anniversary! You might be wondering, "What on Earth is Earth Day?"
Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd April every year. It is a worldwide event where people come together to take action against climate change, pollution, littering... anything that damages our planet! This year, we can work together even though we are far apart. Last year, you might remember, we took part in 'Earth Hour' in school. We turned off all electronics in the school for a whole hour as a sign of our commitment to taking care of our planet.
This year is very different in many ways. However, we are still going to celebrate Earth Day as best we can! Don't start turning off the lights just yet - your families might not be impressed! Instead, I am posting an activity sheet below which is filled with fun and creative ways of marking 'Earth Day 2020'.
If something is written in red, that means that I will attach a file underneath to help you with the activity. Just click on 'download file' underneath to get it. If you have an idea to celebrate Earth Day that isn't on the sheet, please feel free to do it. Now is a time to be creative!
I would love to read about or see photos of your Earth Day activities! Please send your news or photos on to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get help from your parents with this please and send with their email address. I would love to share your Earth Day news on the school blog! :)
Enjoy, stay safe, and HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Miss Higgins and the Green Schools Committee P.S. A big 'Thank You' to Ms. Marron for her help with this! :)
Note to the Green Schools' Committee: Hi girls! I miss our G.S. meetings! If you have any ideas for how to keep our G.S. Journey going, please send an email (with your parents' help and email address) to email@example.com. I would love to hear from you. :)
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 & Aoibh 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: