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Green School

24-May-17

2017/2018 Green Team

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1st Class:

Maaz Syed & Emma Kajetan Sobkow & Isabelle Connolly

2nd Class

Talha & AntiaHarry Walsh & Zoe Ffrench

3rd Class

Isobel & Cathal Tom O Ceallaigh & Mia Dixon

4th Class

Seán Cassley & Sarah Luca & Amila

5th Class

Alex McDaid & Catríona Doherty Alex Connolly & Amal

6th Class

Adam & Ruby

Green Team update

Green Team Notice

Dear Parents,



We are writing this short notice to inform you of a few changes we will be making this year. We have thought about these changes to help pupils learn and to benefit the environment:

#1 The Green team has decided that we will be banning slime.

#2 We recommend buying reusable water bottles because we have been finding single use water bottles on yard.

#3 We have banned popcorn, because the popcorn is spilling on the yard and the plastic bags are bad for the environment.

#4 We are announcing this month’s STEM project is: Design something that the school can use as a feature in our garden

#5 From the 2nd of June, we will ask kids to bring in their own small towel in a resealable bags with their name on it. This is to dry our hands instead of using the blue non-recyclable tissues.

#6 We are asking you if you could bring in your old toys so we can make a fairy garden on the yard.

Thank You From The Green Team!

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Just a quick update to remember to try reduce our packaging and waste this holiday, especially if we are buying any chocolate eggs. Below are 2 good websites on the topic:

https://greenhome.co.za/how-to-reduce-packaging-and-waste-this-easter/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/20/revealed-easter-eggs-wasteful-packaging/

IMAG2070_gt.jpg Our Marine Environment board for our next Green School flag on Marine Environment

Our 8th Green Flag

CETNS is currently working towards our 8th Green Flag -Marine Environment. We will be learning about interesting sea creatures, marine eco-systems, their threats and the work being done to save them.

Our Green Team Committee is student led and meet monthly to plan and organise whole school activities to raise awareness of our current theme. Green Team members also monitor and evaluate current practice and maintain the work from previous themes.

CETNS has won Green Flags for the following themes : Litter and Waste, Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship - Litter and Waste, Global Citizenship - Energy.

The Green-School Programme has really benefited our school. The work of previous themes is maintained and has resulted in reduced waste, lower energy and water usage. The programme has also inspired the creation of an abundance of habitats and areas of interest in our school grounds including: outdoor classroom, sensory garden, orchard, pond, herb garden, fruit and veg patch, polytunnel, chicken coop, our enormous school field planted with native trees and shrubs.

Our 7th Green Flag

This year, we worked really hard to get our 7th Green Flag for Global Citizenship and Energy. Ciara and James (4th) read the energy meter every day and we all reminded our classes to save energy by turning off appliances instead of putting them on stand-by, ensuring the thermostats in our school were set on timers and switch off the lights when leaving classrooms.

We also spent time picking litter around the yard and have noticed a big improvement in litter reduction.

For our Green Team Day of Action, we held COWOW (Cycle or Walk on Wednesday), a C.E.T.N.S. Global Citizen Quiz, a Trashion (we saw some very creative outfits), Jakub (5th) & Cosi (4th) performed our Green Team rap. We also showed a Powerpoint on how we can all reduce our Carbon Footprint. Finally we talked about International Water Day and how we can reduce wasting water.

One of our biggest achievements this year, was our School gardening club. We did lots of weeding in the flower and vegetable beds. A big thanks to Roger & Laurence in 6th & Ciara in 4th, Ryland and Adhiraj in 5th, as well as Sara & Clíona in 1st Class and all their helpers.

We wrote to the Board of Management to get a new cover for the polytunnel. It has been great getting the cover and if you can, you should take a look at all the strawberries, grapes, lettuces and lots more growing in it now. We also did a big spring clean around the school and planted some seeds.

Sara, Ciara & Sadhbh went to the Helix with Elaine a few weeks ago to collect our 7th flag for Global Citizenship and Energy, which we are very proud of.

Thanks to Andreas for all the hard work and energy he has brought to make our school so green with all the wonderful areas around our school.

We are lucky to have the pond, bug hotel, chicken coop with our lone surviving chicken, all the lovely trees, fruit and vegetables in our poly tunnel.

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Oct
29 2018
Mid-Term
Dec
21 2018
Christmas Holidays
Feb
19 2019
Mid-Term
Mar
18 2019
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