Despite Climate Action Week being flanked by Ex-hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian we partnered with @GalwayGreenLeaf and @EuropeanGreenCapitalAward to carry out some of our proposed actions and to get started on all. Our fourth and fifth classes were involved in planting bluebells, studying leaves to identify trees in order to create a nature trail within our school grounds and the building of a bug hotel - Buggingham Palace! We will also be planting an edible garden and a Blackthorn in the coming weeks. Work is still ongoing and we cannot wait to see the finished products. We aldo managed to start clearing out some of our raised beds to begin our edible garden and look forward to planting these soon.
We were delighted to have received the Green Flag for Global Citizenship Litter and Waste in May which was presented to committee members Billy Regan and Destiny Ajiboie in the Galway Bay Hotel. We have now commenced a new Green Flag Programme and will be focusing on Biodiversity. We are so excited about this programme and would love to hear from you with ideas....
THE AIM OF THE PROGRAMME IS To increase awareness of the importance of native plants, animals and habitats, and to increase species-richness in a locality.Our ideas so far include creating a nature trail, a bug hotel, creating a school trees database with leaf recognition programmes, to increase our Bee Aware meadow, to create an edible garden and to plant more native plants and trees including blackthorns, snowdrops, bluebells, crocuses and more...
Third class are back with an update on their Bee Aware Project. They've been pulling grasses and watering the plot through the winter and are now starting to see the rewards for all their hard work. They managed to find a few little buds just beginning to grow and with the help of Jeanne identified a few - red clover, yarrow, dandelions, birds foot trefoil and more.... Fingers crossed we'll see a lot more from them over the next few months.
The Green Schools Committee had a very difficult job to do this week. The committee agreed that our school should enter this years Green Schools Global Goals Competition with the theme being Goal 6: Water and Sanitation. They had to choose ten posters from a huge number of amazing entries. The following are the ten successful posters which have now been submitted to the national competition. Well done to all who entered and blew us away with their artistic talent. Best of luck to our successful artists:
Nataniel & Adam from second class, Daragh & Dumebi from third class, Matthew, Daniel, Nathan & Joshua from fourth class, Leo H and Harris from fifth class and Jordan from 6th class.
Let's hope you're as successful in the national competition!
Well done to the Winners!
The committee have started a fun initiative to get the whole school thinking more about how we can do so many things every day to help improve our earth. And it's pretty easy....we simply nominate students or staff who are spotted doing something "green". Callum in second class came up with our hashtag and we think it is really effective...well done Callum.
So get nominating everyone.... #EARTH!!!!!
Well done to Ms. Curran's 5th class who performed this multi-lingual song and reminded us that this world really is a very small one....
We've heard a lot of our fellow students commenting on the amount of homeless people they are seeing in town so we decided to host a Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Galway Simon Community. Even our teachers got into the spirit of the day by wearing Christmas jumpers. We searched under cushions and behind couches for all the coins we could find and managed to raise €200.00. So much fun and festive cheer was spread throughout the school and we were delighted that it was all for a great cause. Let's hope it helps a lot of homeless in Galway this Christmas.