Working towards our 5th flag – Biodiversity
Our school community has already noticed more biodiversity in the habitats created and developed last year – from the butterflies which visited our newly planted Buddleia plants to the insects which now inhabit our log pile.
While the priorities of the Green Schools Committee have been a little different this school year, we are continuing our efforts to keep our school litter free, we continue to recycle, save energy (whenever possible), conserve water and walk / park and stride to school.
As we enter into our final year to apply for our Biodiversity flag, the Green – Schools Committee would like to thank Mr. O’Connor, teachers, SNAs, Tony our caretaker, Chris in the office and former 6th Class committee members for all their help and support. We would also like to acknowledge all those who have and continue to give so freely of their time to help create and maintain our school garden, in particular Ann Cowley and Axel Bontes (parents).
Biodiversity Week was a very busy week for all classes this year, the highlight being World Bee Day on 20th May. Children and staff came dressed in yellow and black to acknowledge the vital role bees play as pollinators. Despite the weather, classes participated in a wide range of activities from stories and animated videos about bees to art tutorials on how to draw a bee. Collaborative artwork included a bee painting by 2nd Class and a ‘mosaic style’ bee completed by 5th Class (Ms. Treacy/Ms. Renwick). The winners of the Bee Quiz were: Charlotte Freyne (6th Class), Sean Kennelly (5th Class), Hugh Purcell (Senior Infants) and Lourdesse Marie McDonagh (Junior Infants). Well Done to all who participated!
For the month of June, now that the weather is a little better, we’re encouraging all who can, to walk to school or ‘park and stride’. A great way to start Active Schools Week!
Finally, we are applying for our 5th Green Schools flag for Biodiversity at the end of June. Fingers crossed!
You can keep up to date with all the Biodiversity activities on our Twitter page.
Our Green School Code
Plants, animals everywhere,
Protect them all, show them we care
From the smallest animal to the largest tree,
This is BIODIVERSITY.
Keepin’ grass green and the oceans blue,
Biodiversity takes care of you.
Plants, animals, we’re all linked
So let us not become extinct!