GREEN SCHOOL NEWS
WELCOME TO THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
Our new Green School Committee for 2017/2018
March to May Update....
Just prior to Easter , many classes in school took part in TLC4.
This was a wonderful initiative, sponsored by J.P McManus and administered through Limerick City and County Council. Many of you will have noticed environmental work throughout various communities on Good Friday .
Our school completed the final phase of our project on Wednesday May 2nd. This involved children from Ms.Kenneally's 4th class cleaning up the area around the grotto and refurbishing the paint work.The children were so enthusiastic, and really worked hard to spruce up the grotto in time for Our Lady's special month of May.There might have been a few paint splashes on clothes , but I'm sure Michelangelo's parents forgave him !!!
February 2018 Update....
Lots of children received their Hi-Viz jackets courtesy of Limerick City/County Council. A big thanks to Karen Butler, the Road Safety Officer for organising delivery of the jackets to schools.
The Green Committee were active in calculating the number of jackets needed in individual classes and distributing them to the children. Some of the senior children opted for arm –bans instead of jackets. Whichever your chose, remember our motto ‘BE SAFE, BE SEEN’.
As we are finally seeing an end to the big Winter Freeze, there are lots of signs of early Spring to be enjoyed in our environment—buds on trees, daffodils and crocuses beginning to flower. Check out our website and app for some fab pictures of Ms. Ryan’s Senior Infants enjoying a healthy nature walk and noting the signs of Spring
January 2018 Update....
Our Learning About Forests (LEAF) programme continued this term with Ms. Kelly's 3rd class. Our LEAF coordinator Ray Foley came to school on Thursday January 11th and spent the day with the class. The children learned about our native tree species and explored a number of bio-diversity themes. There were lots of opportunities for active hands on work, and the children wrapped up warmly and investigated the many trees in our school surroundings. We are hoping to pass on some of Ray's extensive knowledge and expertise to other classes in the coming weeks.
BE SAFE BE SEEN
As parents are aware, it is still quite dark these mornings as the children are walking to school. In order to help raise awareness on the importance of increasing visibility to help our children stay safe on these dark winter mornings, we have organised for Hi Viz jackets to be delivered to school. Limerick City and County Council will deliver 200 jackets and additional arm bands later this week. I urge ALL parents and children to search at home and locate jackets and arm bands that we previously distributed. There won't be enough to go around but I'm sure lots of homes already have some neon lurking in the coat press !!!! Please help keep our children safe this winter.
10 at 10
In cooperation with Operation Transformation, many classes will encourage children to be active and healthy on a daily basis. Not all classes can take part each day as we have swimming lessons, Literacy lift off and a variety of other in class initiatives .We will however be encouraging the children to take part in at least 10 minutes physical activity every day as Operation Transformation fever grips the country. Keep the Change !!!
November 2017 Update....
Our interest in and commitment to raising awareness of and protecting our environment continues in St. Paul’s School. A huge thanks to all the parents and children who took part in our Beat the Street campaign. It was a huge success and hopefully many of you are continuing to walk around our beautiful city when you get the chance.
Children from all classes have enjoyed learning about the trees and plants in our new school surroundings. Lots of children collected conkers from the horse chestnut trees and helicopters from sycamore trees. Any parents who are out and about in Curraghchase or other local forest parks are encouraged to point out the different trees to the children and while there are still some Autumn leaves and seeds around allow the children to collect and sow the seeds.
Our Green school committee have been very busy this week. Our senior members Miriam, Jane and Elliot helped to organise a MAJOR survey of pupils from J.Inf to 4th class. This survey was developed by An Taisce and is called The Great Plant Hunt. 3 children from each class completed the survey to represent a good cross section of our pupils’ knowledge on the theme of Biodiversity. The survey was class differentiated and was designed to establish the children’s knowledge about our natural environment; it involved recognising and naming trees, plants, insects and birds. Our plan for our Green School Biodiversity flag is to establish what our pupils know at the beginning of the process and re-survey after our awareness raising programme and see how we have progressed!!!
Finally, we would like to present our brand new Green School Committee for the 2017-2018 year. Looking well children. !!!!!!
September 2017 Update....
As we settle in to our new surroundings, it is an exciting time for our whole school community and particularly the environmentalists among us. The Green School Committee will as usual be at the forefront in leading the way towards protecting our environment and raising awareness among the wider school community.
Continuing last year’s innovative LEAF programme, the good news is that our school has been selected to continue our involvement for a second year.
This year the main difference is that one class only will be allowed take part,maximum number of 30 students.
On Sept 25th, Ray Ray Foley from the LEAF project visited our school. He will be working with Anne-Marie Kelly's 3rd class during the year, covering environmental issues and delivering the Learning about Forests programme.
The programme will explore forests as a whole and look at the topics of Biodiversity, Water, Climate Change, Products and Community and the actions we can undertake to help protect our forests.