News Updates from: Green Schools Student Council

A busy and fruitful year for our GSSC & all our pupils

Take a look at the work carried out by our Green Schools Student Council (GSSC) with the help and support of all our pupils and staff members. We have been very busy and we’re not finished yet – we are working towards our plant sale on June 14th. We also have some projects in mind for next year to add more colour to our school grounds!

 































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LOVING THE OUTDOORS!

THIS TIME OF YEAR IS A BUSY ONE. WE HAVE JUST FINISHED OUR ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN AND WE ARE CURRENTLY PLANTING FLOWERS IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS AND IN THE WINDOW BOXES. WE PLANTED GARLIC AND ONIONS RECENTLY AND HAVE JUST SOWN PEAS AND DID SOME WEEDING. 

CAN YOU SPOT A HEADBOARD AND A MIRROR IN OUR GARDEN?! IT’S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN UPCYCLE AND REYCLE! 

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AN UPDATE ON GSSC ACTIVITIES

WE RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN OUR LOCAL SPRING CLEAN. MR. MOORE’S CLASS AND OUR GSSC WENT OUT AND ABOUT AROUND THE VILLAGE. DUNLEER TIDY TOWNS HELPED AND COLLECTED OUR LITTER BAGS AFTER THE CLEAN UP. 

DUNLEER TIDY TOWNS ALSO HELPED US TO CLEAN UP OUR WILD FLOWER AND COMPOST AREA. THE USED ELECTRICAL TOOLS TO CUT DOWN BRANCHES AND CLEAR OUT PLANTS WITH DEEP ROOTS. 

OUR BUDDY BENCHES AND PLANTERS WERE FINALLY READY TO PUT INTO THE SCHOOL YARD. WE MADE THE PLANTERS FROM RECYCLED CABLE REELS AND PADDY HOLDCROFT AND DAVID FROM DUNLEER COMMUNITY HUB HELPED US TO PAINT THEM AND PUT PLANTS IN THEM.

WE HAVE BEEN BUSY LOOKING AFTER OUR SCHOOL GROUNDS, DOING LOTS OF WORK TO MAKE IT LITTER FREE AND COLOURFUL. DUNLEER TIDY TOWNS AND DUNLEER COMMUNITY HUB HAVE PLAYED A HUGE PART IN THIS. THEY ARE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERS!









WHAT’S NEXT??

WE ARE CONSTANTLY COMING UP WITH IDEAS TO ADD TO THE BEAUTY OF OUR SCHOOL. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN PALLETS FROM SOME OF OUR PARENTS AND FROM GLEN DIMPLEX.

OUR NEXT PROJECT IS TO UPCYCLE THE PALLETS BY CREATING “HANGING GARDENS” FOR THE SCHOOL WALLS LIKE THESE:

WE WELCOME AND IDEAS THAT CAN HELP US ENHANCE OUR SCHOOL ESPECIALLY IF UPCYCLING AND RECYCLING ARE INVOLVED!

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GSSC NEWS

WE ARE BUSY PREPARING FOR FRIENDSHIP WEEK (FEBRUARY 5TH TO 9TH). HERE ARE PHOTOS OF PUPILS PAINTING OUR NEW BUDDY BENCHES WHICH WILL BE FINISHED VERY SOON. WE HOPE TO HAVE ONE IN EACH YARD. YOU SIT ON THE BENCH IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO PLAY WITH OR IF YOU ARE FREE TO PLAY WITH SOMEONE. WE ARE ALSO CREATING A PIECE OF ART CALLED “OUR FRIENDSHIP TREE”. EVERY PUPIL’S HAND PRINT WILL BE ON THE TREE AND THE FINISHED PIECE WILL BE HUNG

 

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BATTERIES FOR BARRETSTOWN AND CHRISTMAS EVENTS

BATTERIES FOR BARRETSTOWN

We are collecting batteries of all kinds to raise funds for Barretstown to help this wonderful charity with it’s energy costs. We have collection boxes in the school. Please help us to gather as many as possible. By recycling batteries we are helping to keep our environment clean and fresh. Batteries are made from important resources and chemicals, including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury.  If batteries are thrown into the rubbish bin they will be taken to landfill sites and the resources lost. Each battery we recycle will be taken apart and many of the materials will be recovered and used to make new batteries and other products. Everyone benefits!!!

On December 7th we will have our annual sale which is being organised by 6th class. This will take place in the school and everyone is welcome. Please support us to raise funds for the school our local St. Vincent De Paul. You can donate any items in good condition (not clothes or footwear).

 

HAMPERS


We are also collecting items to make hampers for needy families that we will give to St. Vincent De Paul to distribute. Please help us by donating non-perishable items of food and unwanted gifts in good condition. 

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICE

Our annual Christmas Celebration will take place on December 20th at 11am in the church. All are welcome to join us to celebrate and give thanks.  

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First Class learn from GSSC

We did a project on Composting. Ms. Moran and some of the GSSC members took us to the compost heap in the school and we helped put all the fruit and vegetable peels from all the classes in to it. Worms and bacteria will work at turning all this waste into lovely rich compost which we will use to grow fresh fruit and vegetables. We learned about what goes into a compost heap and what should be but in the rubbish bins. Watch out for our project which will be displayed in the lectern outside Dunleer Library in November!



 

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NEW VEGETABLE GARDEN

We are busy preparing a new vegetable garden at the front of the school. Derek, Ms. Holdcroft, along with Paddy and David from Dunleer Community Hub are working on the project but we will soon have  members of the GSSC helping out. The old plants there  were here have been moved to the Tree Tribe gardens.

 

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GREEN SCHOOLS AWARDS

As we come to the end of another fun and exciting school year we are very proud of our Green Schools achievements. 

At the GROW Awards (Green, Renewable, Organic, Waste Minimisation) in the Crowne Plaza on June 15th we received a 4 star award for our Green School work, coming 7th among 33 primary schools in County Louth. 

At the GROW Awards Yemi in 3rd class received a medal for his contribution to our Green Schools Programme and is our super environmentalist of the year.

And also at these awards we received a plaque to commend us on our FAIR TRADE PROJECT. 

We also received our 6th Green Flag for GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP LITTER & WASTE and are proudly displaying this flag outside the school. 

 

WELL DONE TO MR. MOORE (OUR GREEN SCHOOLS COORDINATOR), THE GREEN SCHOOLS COMMITTEE, THE STUDENT COUNCIL, ALL THE PUPILS, STAFF, PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND TO DUNLEER TIDY TOWNS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND HELP IN MAKE US A TRULY PROUD GREEN SCHOOL.

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LOCAL BEE KEEPER VISITS SCHOOL!

We were really lucky have a Eoghan Macgiolla Choda, a local bee keeper visit our school with 1000 bees!!!! We learned lots: for example –   the honey bee is black and is very common in Ireland; it takes the pollen of 2,000,000 dandelions to make one jar of honey;  there is only one queen bee in any colony; the queen bee is 50% larger than the other bees and lays about 1,000 eggs a day; the queen lives for 5-6 years; the other bees (drones) live for about 6 weeks. Eoin the bee keeper has 150 hives with 40,000 bees in each one. Here are some photos of the visit. 







 

 

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AWARDED OUR 6TH GREEN FLAG

On May 25th Ms. Moran and three members of our Green Schools Committee (KatieAnne, Luke and Leah) travelled to The City North Hotel for Green Flag Awards. We were awarded our 6th green flag for GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP LITTER & WASTE! We are very proud of this achievement. We will have our Flag Raising Ceremony to celebrate this award at our Fun Day on June 20th. Well done to Mr. Moore our Green Schools Coordinator, to the Green Schools Committee and to all the teachers and pupils and community members for their help and support. 





 

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