We are proud to announce that our 3 water ambassadors, Patty, Aine and Omon have been selected to talk at the Green Flag Awards Ceremony at the Radisson Blue Hotel on the 28th May. Since the ceremony has been cancelled they have been asked to post up videos of their speeches for the Green Schools Stay at Home site. I will post the link to their speeches once they are published.

Our 3 Water Ambassadors

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.

Survey of how much plastic is used each day in school lunches.
Most of this cannot be recycled.
Our school ran a competition to see who could design the
best poster and caption on saving water,
Another beautiful poster, designed in 6th Year.

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.

A poster made from single use bottles, which we no longer use in school.

Below is an example of the reusable bottle, which has been issued to each student this year.

Reusable Bottle from Glanmore Foods.


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.

Completed Igloo.

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

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

With sun and drought, the earth is

  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

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.

2 of our Water Ambassadors, wearing their Ambassador Hoodies.
Think before you buy new clothes. Do you really need them? 1.5 Trillion Litres of water are used by the Fashion Industry each year.
Iniscarra Treatment Works

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.

Chemicals are added to the water, to get the dirt to clump together.

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.

How to save water in the toilets. Use a Hippo Bag.

Ambassadors 2019/20

Our water
ambassadors began the year with a two week Climate Action Project for the whole

  1. Some classes made Climate Action Posters
  2. Three classes wrote and performed Climate
    Action raps in the school hall. Everyone came to watch and loved it.
  3. 5th Year used pictures in assembly
    to explain what Climate Action is.
  4. The juniors learnt all about the Water cycle
    and where water comes from.
  5. 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.
  6. As Ambassadors, we had to go around to
    classes and encourage them to take part.
  7. We had to remind and encourage people to take

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

Our other
job is to make sure that classroom lights are turned off and we have spot

Can you recognise our 3 Water Ambassadors in disguise at Lifetime Lab?

Our Ambassadors speak at a Water Workshop at Lifetime Lab.

Sharing the good work ambassadors do to help people save water.
Reusable water bottles that are free of plastic
Sharing ideas on our School Action Plan
Experiment to show that most of our fresh water is found in ice.
Hard at work at Lifetime Lab

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