In Drumfad, we are keen environmentalists, and enjoy learning about environmental care and taking steps to help our planet. We recycle everything that we can, we use our compost bin for all compostable items and we save electricity by turning lights off when they are not needed and unplugging our laptops after use.
We are currently working on our 2nd Green Flag, with the theme of Energy Conservation. Back in September we set up a new Green Team for the year 2018-2019. We took on various roles such as :
- Chairperson – in charge of taking the lead during our Green Schools meetings.
- Scribe – taking notes during our meetings
- Power Ranger – making sure our lights were switched off at breaktimes and when we weren’t using them.
- Door monitors- making sure drafts were eliminated and doors were closed as much as possible during breaktimes and during the day.
- Electricity monitors – making sure that electrical appliances that were not in use were switched off, also taking part in reading the meters.
- Art monitors – in charge of art competitions in our school and also doing art work for our display board.
We had the help of two parents on our team too who provided great ideas and support to our Green Team. We set up a Green Schools display board in the hall in our school to create awareness among the pupils. Early in the year we had the pleasure of inviting Aengus Kennedy to our school to give us an Energy Workshop. We had lots of fun during this lesson. We learned about the transfer of energy from one form to another and how we have lots of energy and kinetic energy in our bodies.
Suzanne Bogan came to visit with the Green Team in October. We told her of all the work we had completed so far and she gave us an informative lesson on the Energy Flag.
Later that month we created an Energy Newsletter which was full of tips on how to save energy in our homes!
In November we sent out a survey to each family asking them various questions on how much energy they wasted/saved at home. Each family had to make a pledge to make a real effort to save energy together as a family.
In January it was time for a competition in Drumfad N.S. Each child had to create an Energy poster and message. We had 3 winners in the school and they each received prizes sent to us from SEAI. It was very hard to select a winner as the standard was so high. The teachers at Tamney N.S. selected the winners of the competition. Here are the entries to the competition!
In March 2019 the Green Team had a special visit from Charlie Herron who is in charge of reading our school meter. He took us all outside to the meter box to watch how fast the wheel was turning. He told us that our wheel was moving quite fast as we were using lights, laptops, interactive boards, kettle fridge etc. He told us that the kettle is one of the most expensive electrical appliances to use in a house, followed closely by the tumble dryer. He informed us of a special energy saving kettle that can be bought for our school. We have done some research on these and we are currently comparing the prices of a few different ones for school.
On the 22nd March 2019 we had an Action Day at Drumfad N.S. The Green Team organised that most appliances in Drumfad N.S. were switched off including laptops, lights (as many as possible), interactive boards, the kettle in the staffroom (teachers brought in a flask instead of boiling the kettle). The previous day we read the meters and compared the result to our Action Day! We saved 10 units of electricity on our Action Day. We were so proud of ourselves. Here we are reading the meter on our Action Day!
Our application form was sent away online on the 28th March 2019….
Great news !!! We got awarded our Green Energy Flag!!
We had a lovely day out at the awards ceremony where we met other schools who were awarded their flags too!! Some representatives of the Green Team went to collect their flag and also got a lovely lunch afterwards. Here we are on the day….
Our new flag will be raised at our End of Year ceremony. We hope to see you there to celebrate our achievement with us!