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Green Team 2019/2020

Earlier this year the Green Team undertook a Walkability Audit of the surrounding area. Please read the report below.

Castleknock ETNS Walkability Audit

Green Team Project 2018/2019

Words of the song written by David and sung during the inspection for our 8th Green Flag.

Be a Global Citizen (come and join us)

A plastic bottle on an empty beach

No message in it – but it can teach

Teach us about the features of Earth

And the creatures that die - give us no more alibis

These features that become disfigured

As the rubbish heaps get bigger and bigger

Our Earth is going to lose her vigour

If we choose to ignore - the crisis on our front door


Be a global citizen, come and join us if you can

Give it up, all those throw- away cups

And put a smile back on the ocean

Let the waves dance free of behaviours

That pollute and are destructive

Reduce your use of plastics

Be fantastically constructive

Human-beings are impacting on the earth

The truth of climate change we have to assert

Is it convenient to ignore all the facts?

As the temperatures soar

And a famine in Africa roars

We are more than a collection of nations

We need to work together for our salvation

To save the earth from disintegration

To restore and sustain her

For a new generation


This Friday, 15th March , there will be an international School Strike for Climate Action. The Irish action has been initiated by schools across Ireland, mostly Educate Together schools. You can read about it here.
Such an action combines a number of strands of our Learn Together curriculum (Ethics and Environment, Moral and Spiritual Development, Equality and Justice) and presents a great learning opportunity for the children - about activism and how it can be used to create positive change. It's also an issue that is really going to affect their future. Some of you may be aware of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has inspired the talk on climate change and protests (see her speech below). At the moment, Ireland is not on target to meet the targets laid out in the Paris Agreement (see here for video for children to explain the Paris Agreement).
There has already been a demonstration organised by sixth-class students from Donabate Portrane Educate Together (with lots of other schools) outside the Dáil on February 13th. A number of schools will be engaging in action outside the Dáil next Friday, but the student organisers have asked that schools engage in any way they can. We think that this international day of action is a great opportunity to encourage the children to use their voices and to feel like they are part of a wider community of people who want to make a difference. This day will be marked by children across the country and across the world.
With that in mind, Elaine (with Green Team and Student Council), Aoife and Isla are organising a half-hour protest outside the school gates this Friday for just the 5th classes and some of the Green Team and Student Council who wish to participate.
Consent forms need to be signed by parents in advance of the protest, for those attending.
Elaine, Aoife, Isla
Video for the junior classes:
Senior classes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4H1N_yXBiA Causes and Effects of Climate Change | National Geographic
More Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv7OHfpIRfU Climate change (according to a kid)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsvABLmrpX4 Climate Change | Educational Video for Kids

2017/2018 Green Team


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!


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:



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.

20 2020
School Reopens
24 2020
3rd Class Assembly
04 2020
Bank Holiday
22 2020
Junior Infant Assembly
01 2020
Bank Holiday
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