Green Schools

Welcome back to our Green Schools  page 2021-2022.

We have a new Green Team! Here they are.

We are currently working on our 3rd Green Flag which is Water Conservation. We started our work by learning about how to save water in our school by turning off taps during the day and making sure they are all turned off fully when going home in the evening.

We sent home a questionnaire to our parents asking how much water is used daily/weekly/monthly in our homes.

We were so lucky to have Martin McAteer come in to show us where our water meter is located and how to read it each week.

We discovered  how much water we use at school and one weekend we found out that a lot of water of water was being used. Martin then fitted a tracker to our meter to help find out where the water was going and when it was being used. Watch this space for more………

We also had a visit from Hugh Kerr who worked for the Donegal County Council. He did a talk with the junior room and the senior room about the dangers of water, where the water comes from in our area and he invited us to visit the local water treatment plant in Fanad and Milford to see more!

Bernadette has been ringing around checking prices for a water butt for our school which will collect rainwater.  We will hopefully install one soon with Martin’s help so that in the summer months we can collect and use rainwater to water our vegetables and flowers in our school garden!

Our water detectives continue to work on our Green school application each week.


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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!

Our energy newsletter

 

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!