Chloe and Alicja pictured with Minister Denis Naughten at the Green Flag Awards Ceremony in the Hudson Bay Hotel on Wednesday 24th May.
Green Flag Award
We have been successful in achieving our 6th Green Flag. The theme we worked on over the past 2 years was Global Citizenship Litter & Waste.
We will receive our flag at the awards ceremony in the Hudson Bay Hotel on Wednesday 24th of May.
Congratulations and well done to all involved.
Green-Schools National Walk to School Week
May 15th – 19th
National WOW Day Wednesday 17th May
Green Schools Theme
Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste
Green Schools Committee 2016/17
Multicultural Day and Cake Sale
Cycle Safety Course Thursday 30th March
World National Water Day
22nd March 2017
Wednesday 22nd March
Scoot to School Week Week 20th – 24th March 2017
National Walk to School Week
May 15th – 19th
Earth Day 22nd April
Green Schools Notice Board
Michael Bell, Ciara Barrett, Mini beast hunt. Development of School garden
Biodiversity Action Day
Constructing Willow Dome with Dale Thredwell
Preparing the soil in the new garden before designing beds
Laying sleepers, making pathways through garden and building stone wall flower bed.
Michael Bell’s visit
Planting Buddleja and Guelder Rose hedging with Dale Thredwell
It’s getting there
Checking out our new school garden.
Darren O’ Connor presenting his power point presentation “All About Birds”
Beds marked out in garden
Junior Infants helping Aine finish the outdoor gallery display boards
Dale Thredwell making Bird Feeders with Junior Infants on Biodiversity Action Day in our school
Darko’s dad came to our class and made bird houses with us.
Green Schools Committee
Bug Hotel under construction
Scoot on Wednesday
Green Schools Biodiversity Action Day
November 14th 2014
1. Dale Treadwell visited all classes. He showed a DVD and talked to us about mini beasts, birds and bats and we also had the opportunity to observe spiders, lady bugs, water beetles and earwigs in bug viewers. He also passed around a live stick insect from India. Dale read his books about hedgehogs and robins. We planted wild flower seeds and perennials in our garden. He played a game which demonstrated the Web of Life.
February 23rd 2015
Senior and Junior Infants made bird feeders using yogurt pots, lard and peanuts.
1st class Bug hotel started
2nd – 6th class planted Buddleja (butterfly bush) and Guelder Rose
5th & 6th class were involved in the formation of a Willow Dome.
March 10th 2015
Dale Treadwell will visit our school to continue work on our garden.
Darren gave a power point presentation and talked to all classes on “All about Birds”
A Parent made 2 bird houses with Junior Infants
All classes worked on biodiversity related topics eg art display, literacy worksheets, science worksheets
53 children walked to school on Wednesday.
What on Earth is BIODIVERSITY?
Contributing to poverty reduction and development
Biodiversity is crucial to the reduction of poverty, due to the basic goods and ecosystem services it provides. They include the provision of food, fibre and medicine, soil formation, air quality and climate regulation, the regulation of water supply and quality and the cultural and aesthetic value of certain plants and species.
Biodiversity is also integral to key development sectors such as agriculture and livestock, forestry, and fishing or tourism. More than 1.3 billion people depend on biodiversity and on basic ecosystems goods and services for their livelihoods (availability of usable land, water, plant and animal species).
For millennia, mankind’s use of biodiversity and ecosystem services has contributed to human well being and economic development.
The aims of development do not stop at poverty reduction; environmental sustainability is also a fundamental development objective. Biodiversity and development are closely linked: biodiversity sustains development, and development has an impact on biodiversity, either positive or negative. Although biodiversity does not contribute directly to all sectors of development, sustainable development cannot be achieved if biodiversity is compromised by development efforts.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fully integrate the 2010 Biodiversity Target set in 2002 by the Convention on Biological Diversity to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss. Even if goal 7 is most specifically focused on biodiversity related issues, biodiversity is important to the achievement of all eight MDG goals, and is essential to the fulfilment of this international commitment by the year 2015.
Since the poor are particularly dependent on the goods and services supplied by biodiversity, development strategies that ignore their protection undermine poverty alleviation and are therefore counterproductive. For this reason, it is crucial for development and poverty alleviation strategies and programs to prioritize biodiversity.
By Zara Glynn