We have started work on our next Green Flag. This year we will be trying to win a flag for Travel and Transport.
We have set up a new Green Team and we went out together on a walkability audit with Sandra Pokrant from An Táisce.
We are trying to establish a safe walking route to school where people might carpool and then Park n’ Stride from Bayside Shopping Centre. As the name suggest this would mean parking your car at the shopping centre and then walking to school from there. This would hopefully mean less traffic around the school in the mornings and afternoons.
On our walk we discovered lots of interesting things
Here we are outside the school looking at the road markings that make it safe for us to cross the road.
Outside our school we have yellow markings on the road and railings. The yellow markings help to remind traffic that they must slow down and they cannot park outside our school. The railings are there to stop any cars from parking on or mounting the path. They also stop children from running out of the school gates and straight onto the road.
This is Sandra, she told us lots about raod safety
We are very lucky to have a safe pathway from the shops to the school. There is plenty of room for people and buggys to walk along. On our walk we heard the birds singing and saw some lovely trees and plants.
Nice wide path
Speed bumps on the road help the cars to drive at a safe pace
Concrete pillars in the middle of the path ensure that no cars can access it. This keeps it safe for walkers
When we got to the carpark there was plenty of parking spaces and space.
We think that it would be really super if some families that travel to school by car might consider having a go at “Park n’ Stride” from Bayside shopping centre, especially coming into the lovely summer weather
The Green Team
Just a quick note to let you all know that we have won our third green flag for water. Thank you all very much for your support and help in our quest for the green schools water flag. Congratulations to everybody and well done on all the hard work!
The Green Team
Here are some pictures of the hardwork that all the classes have done to help us in our quest to win the water flag for our school.
We turned our centre corridor into a magical underwater world full of fish, jellyfish, crabs and scuba divers.
Some water saving tips
A view down our watery corridor
Some of our deep sea scuba divers looking at the beautiful fish
Colourful jellyfish under the sea
Some colourful fishy pictures
Some penguins perched along our watery windowsill
Some fantastic projects on Antarctic animals
More Antarctic projects
We have been very busy on the Green team collecting plastic bottles and information for our flag. The reason we have being collecting the bottles is so we can put them into our toilet cisterns and save water everytime we flush. First we counted up how many toilets we have in the school, would you believe we have 35 toilets all together. Next we filled up all the bottles with sand and then put the lid back on them nice and tight. We then put the bottles into all the toilet cisterns (the back bit of the toilet) and this took up 1 litre space in each one. So everytime we flush the toilet we save 1 litre of water. If each of our toilets gets flushed 10 times a day we can save 350 litres of water.
We had to sort through all the bottles.
We marked out where all the toilets were on a blueprint of the school.
We filled up all the bottles with sand, so this would weigh them down inside the toilet cistern.
It took our Green Team and extra helpers a long time to fill up all the bottles.
Then we put all the bottles inside the toilet cisterns.
You could try this at home and save water!
As we mentioned before we are currently working on getting the Green Schools water flag for our school. In order for us to win this flag we must try to conserve water and cut down on our usage and wasting of water.
Here are some ways that you can help us to win the flag by conserving water in your home:
- Turn off taps when brushing your teeth. (you can save up to 6 litres)
- Take a shower instead of a bath. (try not to use power showers as a 10 minute shower can be the same as 3 baths)
- Fill the kettle with the exact amount of water that you need.
- Use a basin to wash your fruit and vegetables instead of leaving the tap running.
- Use a watering can in the garden instead of a hose.
- Use your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
- Always keep an eye out for leaky taps and drips and fix them.
Don’t forget to fill in the newsletter and keep bringing in those plastic bottles.
Thank you for your help,
The Green Team
We had lots of fun imagining what it would be like if we took a trip in outer space. We have been learning about Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and the stars and planets in our solar system.
Welcome to our Green-Schools blog.
This year we are trying to win the water flag. We will be implementing lots of different ways of conserving and saving water in our school and in our homes.
We have already started work on the flag. We have put together a new “Green Team” which consists of a pupil from each of the first and second classes. We have also been busy taking water meter readings with Mr. Phillips everyday and keeping check of how many times we flush the toilet in school.
We will keep you posted on our progress and our action plan as we go.
For now here are some of our top tips for saving water, so lets get started:
- Always keep an eye and an ear out for leaks
- Don’t let the tap run while brushing your teeth
- Have a shower instead of a bath
- Use a basin to wash your vegetables
- Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car
The Green Team
We had a lot of fun learning about the different animals from the South Pole. Some of our favourites were the penguins. We made these great pictures using our hands to print their bodies.