St. Mary’s have already achieved the Refuse and Recycling Flag and Energy Flag. We are about to go into our second year of achieving the Water Flag.
Our school’s Water Ambassadors, Cian, Marie and Aine contacted Glanmore foods and asked them to change the single-use disposable water bottles to reusable ones. This would save disposing of 60 bottles a day and save money so water filters could be installed in our school.
Below is an example of the reusable bottle, which has been issued to each student this year.
Thanks to all the staff and parents who collected 2 Litre Milk Bottles to help build an igloo for the school garden. It was going to be a Munchkin House for our Wizard of Oz theme, which Ms. Daly and 3rd Year were working on.
Below is the igloo, completed in 3 sections in The Woodwork Room, thanks to Mr. O’Shea. Unfortunately Storm Hannah flattened the igloo and although we tried to turn parts of it into a wall lining the Yellow Brick Road,the weather succeeded in scattering our good plans.
We are having 2 weeks of special work, looking at Climate Change. 5th Year having been learning about what Climate change is.
CLIMATE ACTION 2 WEEKS ending Friday 25th October.
We had a Climate Action Assembly and read out these posters in Assembly to explain what Climate Change means.
3rd Year, Jane and Mr. Starkie have written a rap about Climate Change:
The ice is melting
The world is getting hotter
Polar bears are dying
I think we should bother
One answer is the electric car
Diesel and petrol won’t take us far
The oceans are rising, the climate is changing
Our world needs some kind of re-arranging
The coal won’t last
And cut out the oil
Or our world will really start to boil
So get outside and do your bit
Climate change is not a hit
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Is what we can do
To make the world a better place for you
So it’s green when we can and stop the waste
Will be our motto for the human race
5th and 6th Year sang the rap CLIMATE EMERGENCY Click on the link to listen to it. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CsJYzAQghCOD82Oo-reMGRKWBVIXdFTF/view?usp=sharing
Climate Emergency X 4
Yeah, Wake up now, we must act fast
Or our great world, will not last
Parks and trees and fields so green
We must do our best, to keep them clean
Animals and birds and polar bears
What’s gonna happen if no one cares?
Giraffes and rhinos will be no more
Just in pictures, not like before
Climate Emergency x 4
The ice caps melting, it’s all so bad
The birds and fish are very sad
The world is warmer, the seas are high
With sun and drought, the earth is dry
Stop climate change, what can we do?
It really is all up to you.
Recycle paper and your plastic
Now that would be so fantastic
Climate Emergency x 4
Stop burning coal and petrol too
And flushing chemicals down the loo
No wasting water when you shower
Think of our trees and every flower
Turn down heat every night
Turn off lights, when it’s bright
Go green again for the nation
Then we’ll have a celebration
Climate Emergency x4
The hole in the ozone must seal up,
Let’s stop careless ways and grow up
We must act now and do our share
This beautiful world, deserves our care.
Climate Emergency x 4
Here are our 3 Water Ambassadors at The River Lee Hotel attending a talk on how to save water and how to prevent water pollution.
In front of them are metal reusable water bottles.
Can you make a change and stop buying one use disposable bottles? Many of them end up in our rivers and seas.
We were shown this aerial picture of where the water is pumped to the works for cleaning and treatment, then pumped to reservoirs and your homes.
Above, you can see a huge tank. The water goes from the river to this tank.
The picture above shows how the chemicals help the dirt to stick together in clumps so it can be removed.
Here are our 3 Water Ambassadors with students from other schools.
The panel in the pump control room, which shows where the water is pumped to in order to reach St. Mary’s School in Rochestown.
Here is the engineer showing us the plan of the water supply system on the main panel.
Here is a close up pf the panel. The numbers show if the tanks or reservoirs are full and let the engineers know if there are any water leaks in pipes.
Did you know it takes 3 days for water to be treated from the moment it pumps up from the river till it reaches your glass as clean water. Look at all the pipes.
Here is a small model showing all the sand and pebbles water runs through to be filtered or cleaned.
Dirt sticks to the special metal plates that you can see.
This sign shows what a dangerous workplace this can be.
We had a delicious dessert.
We also ate delicious vegetarian burgers.
Our Green School Committee 2019
This year we have the following people on our committee
Patty Shane Emma H David Jill
Sheola Aine Doireann Jack Katie
Cian Sophie lucie Amy Begley
Emma Oman Una Kate Kerrylee
Saving Water at school and at home.
Water Ambassadors 2019/20
Our water ambassadors began the year with a two week Climate Action Project for the whole school.
- Some classes made Climate Action Posters
- Three classes wrote and performed Climate Action raps in the school hall. Everyone came to watch and loved it.
- 5th Year used pictures in assembly to explain what Climate Action is.
- The juniors learnt all about the Water cycle and where water comes from.
- It was a great success and raised everyone’s awareness of how important water is and the small things we can each do to save our planet.
- As Ambassadors, we had to go around to classes and encourage them to take part.
- We had to remind and encourage people to take part.
Our next step has been to attend a Water Ambassadors talk at the River Lee Hotel.
At the hotel we listened to talks on how to save water, and the pollution caused by microbeads and plastic in our seas.
We came back to the school with Hippo bags for our toilets and together with the Caretaker we placed Hippo bags in 5 of the toilet cisterns. We worked out we can save 60 x5 litres of water a day at least. This amounts to 300 litres.
We have handed out flyers to each class and will encourage them to design posters on Climate Action for Water, for the annual competition.
Daily Refuse, recycling, compost collection.
Every day we empty 30 bins in the school, for all the above collections and make sure the waste is sorted and disposed of correctly. We remind and inform classes to put waste in the correct bins.
Not only that, we run a weekly competition on clean compost bins and place a poster on the winners doors.
We are also busy training up next year’s bin experts so they can continue the good work.
Our other job is to make sure that classroom lights are turned off and we have spot checks.