Green flag

2016-2017

Green Flag

Green-Schools is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment. In Oola N.S. we are currently working towards our fifth flag. To earn this flag we are working on the area of biodiversity. Our work to date was assessed by Sinead McDonnell, Environment Awareness & Education Officer with Limerick City Council on February 6th 2017. Our renewal application will now be submitted to An Taisce before Friday, March 24th 2017.

Biodiversity is the variation of living organisms from all sources, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and all the habitats of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. Imagine life without all this diversity. Life on earth would cease to exist.

The overall aim of the Biodiversity theme is for schools to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity and for students and staff to come up with ways in which we can help biodiversity.

Of course the previous themes of Litter and Waste, Energy, Water and Travel cannot be neglected.

To visit the Green Schools website click here.

May 2017 Update

The school received news that we have been awarded our fifth Green Flag on the theme of Biodiversity. Congratulations to the Green Schools committee for all their efforts and to Ms. Bolger for spear heading the project.The presentation took place in Little Island, Cork on Friday, May 12th. Two senior committee members travelled to Cork with school staff to accept the flag.

April 2017 Update

The children from 3rd – 6th class recently had their “Day of Action” for biodiversity in Curragh Chase Forest Park as part of the Learning about Forests programme. It was a great day full of exploring and learning. The children were split into groups and took part in a variety of workshops. They learned about the history of Curragh Chase Park, its grand house and arboretum. They got to make shelters and crafts out of wood and how to measure the height of and age of trees. They also got to collect various items from the forest floor and examined what they found. It was a great day and enjoyed by all. For photos click here.
The Junior “Day of Action” for biodiversity took place on Friday 31st March. The children for Junior infants to Second class got to plant some tree saplings in pots and these pots were placed in various locations around the school grounds. The saplings were kindly gifted to us from the Tree Council of Ireland. The children planted five different trees, a beech, silver birch, mountain Ash, oak and an alder. Fifteen trees were gifted to the school from the Tree Council, the school kept five and the remaining ten were given to Oola Tidy Town Committee. For photos click here.
Thanks to Rachel Geary, Sean Hartigan and those at the Learning About Forests Programme for facilitating our visit to Curragh Chase and for sponsoring transport to and from the venue.

March 2017 Update

Work continues in the school towards application for our Green School Biodiversity flag.
We recently had a visit from Sinead McDonnell Environmental /Green School officer who assessed the school as part of our application.
The Green School Committee met her, discussed work completed and plans for the school regarding biodiversity in the future.
We were delighted to show her the addition of bird boxes and bird feeders to the school to encourage biodiversity around the school grounds.
We are also working on completing our “Bug hotel” which is positioned in the garden space at the side of the school.
Thanks to William Ryan (Ryan Fuel Depot Oola) and Martin Stapleton for supplying the pallets for the hotel.
Thanks also to Mrs. Ryan (staff) and Mixie Ryan for supplying bird and bat boxes.

Our current Green Flag committee with representatives from 1st to 6th class

Acorn planting in Junior and Senior Infants

 

Below are birdfeeders which have been placed outside each classroom window. Children are using reference pictures to identify the birds.

 

 

On December 8th 2016 Sean Hartigan visited the school to help us explore our immediate surroundings.

 

Our yard garden before and after

November 2016; We have installed bird feeders outside each class window. We have a checklist of birds to help us identify the visitors who come to feed.

Green Schools committee Green Schools Committee elected November 2015, with biodiversity consultant Geoff Hunt.

Geoff Hunt visit November 30th 2015.

Geoff Hunt visited our school on Monday, November 30th to help us kick start our biodiversity theme. Geoff is a biodiversity consultant and has huge knowledge and enthusiasm in the area. Geoff met with the committee to offer ideas and support. He also visited each classroom to talk about identifying local trees. For more about Geoff check out his Facebook or Twitter page.

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