St Josephs Miltown Malbay - Green School

Green Schools 2014-2015

Committee Members help Mr. Looney with Autumn bulb planting.

  

  

 

 

 

Green Schools

We raised our 6th Green Flag on Wednesday afternoon. As can be seen in the pictures in our Gallery page everyone wore green to school on the day. We continued to celebrate by enjoying a students vs teachers and parents soccer match. This was very hotly contested and ended in a draw at the full time whistle. The match was ably referred by Andrew Skerritt who was not shy with the yellow and red cards. A most enjoyable day was had by all.

    

 

Summer Planting

 

    

    

 

 

Annual Toysale

Once again our anuual toysale was a great success and we raised €240. This money will be used to purchase summer bedding for our window boxes and also bulbs for next Autumn.the children were very excited when the doors opened at 9.20am. Only one hour later all was sold once again a resounding success. A big thank you to all who donated their toys and also a big thank you to 6th class who organised and ran the sale. Well done to all.

                         

 

  

 

 

Environmental Awareness Officer Visits St Joseph's N.S

 Ms Joan Tarmey visited our school on Thursday this week. She was very impressed with the work the whole school has done under the theme of Global Citizenship. She meet with the committee and visited each classroom. Our various initiatives were explained to her. She was pleased with the work on Fairtrade, Global School links and the links we have around the world through CHC (children helping children)

 

 

 

Global Citizenship

ACT LOCAL THINK GLOBAL

This is our current slogan. It was created by 5th class in 2012. We have been working on our 6th Green Flag since Sept 2012. Below you can see the work that has been done by the school since then.

Some of our current projects include :

  • Fairtrade Project
  • Family Connections Across the Globe
  • CHC Our involvement with World Missionary Organisation
  • Global Litter and Waste Awareness                                               

                                           

 One of our first undertakings in 2012 was the completion of a survey covering the topic of Global Awareness.These survey results were forwarded to An Táisce at the time .We will carry out the same survey in Feb. 2014 and we hope to see an improvement in the levels of awareness. Increased levels of awareness will be the result of the various initiatives taken on by the school in the 2 year period of work.  

 

                    Fair Trade Project

Hi! We are Maud and Emma. We are in 6th class here in St Joseph’s N.S, Miltown Malbay. We are part of the Green Schools Committee. As part of our Green Schools initiative, Global Citizenship, we have been put in charge of a Fair Trade Project.

At our schools annual Cahercalla coffee morning we set up a table with a survey about our fair-trade project. Everybody at the coffee morning took part in the survey.

We went to some of our local shops here in Miltown Malbay which are Londis and Supervalu. At Londis we met the shops manager, who helped us to find the Fair Trade products on sale there. In Supervalu, we also met that shops manager. He, and the other shop assistants were both interested and very helpful in finding what we needed.

  • For the Coffee Morning, we used our Fair Trade logo made from felt by last years 6th class. On the table we had laminated pictures of just a few brands which are part of the Fair Trade initiative. Also on the table we had a survey. Using the results of our trip to Supervalu and Londis, we wrote down the Fair Trade products on sale here.All parents present fille our our survey. We put together the results we found in a report for display and to be used for our Exhibition in Feb 2014.

 

  • We visited each class with a basket of  typical Fairtrade products available locally. We hope this acts as a reminder to them to purchase these products and get their parents to support Fairtrade also.

 

     

 

      

Dr Baptistine Ralamboarison Visits St Joseph's N.S.

On Monday 13th of October Dr. Baptistine the General Secretary of the World Missionary Organisation paid a visit to our school. She was in Ireland to help celebrate National Prayer day on Friday October 10th.A prayer service attended by 550 children was held in Dublin.Jackie Pallas our National Co-ordinator brought her to visit and to thank us for our work as missionaries, collecting money daily for CHC(children helping children ) projects and for our prayers for all children less lucky than ourselves.We were delighted to receive this visit as we were the only school in Ireland to have the privilege.Coming soon to our photo gallery are lots of photos

                          

    

 

 

LITTER AND WASTE REVIEW 2013

( completed by the committee, headed by Cillian and Diarmuid)

  • We calculated the amounts of re-cycling compost and shredding we gathered in a week.

       Compost 30 litres – per week

       Shredding half a bag – per week

      Re – cycling   25 litres -  per week

  • We also studied the refuse bill and calculated the following.

 

 

Feb ’12-July’12

Aug ‘12-Jan ‘12

Feb ’13-July ‘13

Re-cycling

393kg

15kg per-week

409kg

16kg per-week

462kg

18kg per-week

Landfill

480kg

18kg per-week

545kg

21kg per-week

490kg

19kg per week

 

  • We photographed the school yard taking note of any litter black spots

    We gathered the following information on waste and litter management from our environmental review :

    • We need to create a clear policy on litter.
    • We need to increase the amount of information we hold on computer disk rather than on paper.
    • We need to reduce the amount of packaging and wrapping going through the school.

 

      

                                           

  • We rang Clean Ireland to see where the recycled products go once they reach their depot. Most of the recycled products go to Holland and plastic products are processed in Northern Ireland and used to make new plastic products.Mark in the office was to email us the info to but we did not receive it. We suggested they include some of this info on their website under an education tab.

  • The following information was received from Mr Mark Kerin when Mrs Lynch rang again and spoke to Michael at Clean Ireland. We sent this information to all classes too.

 

Waste Description

Description of Activities Carried Out at the Next Destination Facility

Mixed residual waste

The material is shipped where it will be used in an RDF (Refuse Derived Plant) plant to generate electricity and heat. This companies supplies this electricity and heat to householders and commercial customers in the area. This heating is distributed by hot water being transported under high pressure in well-insulated pipes and then uses the hot water to warm up the radiators and tap water in the building.

Brown Bin (Food Waste)

Delivered to a plant in Ireland that uses a gas that is generate when the material is degrading to create a bio-methane which in turn is used to power a gas engine driven electrical generator.
This plant is connected to the national grid and is currently generating electrical power.
The material that is left over which is very high in nutrient value is used as a land fertilizer for local farmers and it replaces artificial fertilizers currently being used.

Mixed Paper and Cardboard

Both products are shipped to a company in the Netherlands. The paper and cardboard are carefully selected on quality from the warehouse and are separated by machine and partly manually. The different paper qualities are compressed and stored. The semi-finished product is then dispatched to paper and cardboard producers in the Netherlands. 

Plastic Packaging (Butter tubs etc.)

The mixed trays go to either the UK or Europe where they are sorted by polymer (plastic type) then washed and extruded to make pellet for the manufacture of new plastic products

HDPE Bottles (Milk Bottles)

The separated material is sent to a company in the UK where the HDPE bottles are washed and shredded into flakes. Some of the flake is sold off in that format but most of it is pelletized (heated and crushed into a small pellet).This product is sold to plastic producers. They buy it instead of virgin material (which is expensive) to produce various plastic products. They sell the HDPE pellets in UK, Spain and Ireland.

PET Bottles (Drink Bottles)

The separated material is sent to a company in the UK. The majority of the plastic bottles processed end up being granulated into a flake at the plant, prior to sale to plastic companies both in the UK and overseas. The plastic recovered from the bottles ends up in a wide variety of new plastic products including fleece jackets, pipes, packaging, toys etc.

Aluminum Cans (Coca Cola cans etc.)

Sent to a company in the UK. It undergoes four stages 1) Shredding where the cans are shredded into less than approx. a €1 coin size. 2) Decoating this process is where the lacquer is removed by blowing hot air through the shreds. 3) Melting: where decoated cans are feed into a furnace and melted. 4) Casting: As the metal flows into a mould it is chilled by jets of cool water and an outer shell is formed. Ignots are formed from this process which can be up to 9m in length. The ignots approximately containing 1.5 m used cans are then shipped onto a mill for rolling into the sheet from which can makers subsequently produce new drink cans.

Steel Cans (Bean, Pea cans etc.)

The steel cans are eventually sent to a company in the UK.  The steel cans go through a fragmentation machine to remove any non-ferrous materials and the ferrous material (remains of the can) go on for smelting and back into the system as steel.

Glass Packaging

The glass is sent to a facility in Naas which sorts mixed glass bottles into three separate colours and all glass processed is used to make new bottles and jars.

 

Green Schools Action Plan   2012/2014

 

Action

 

Person/Group Responsible

 

Time Frame

Election of new committee

 

Each Class

Mid-Sept  2012

Re-assigning of jobs:

ECO’s

WWW’s

6thClass Jobs:

Recycling

Shredding

Composting

Litter

 

Each Class Teacher

Mid-Sept  2012

Global Citizenship Awareness Survey to be completed and forwarded to An Táisce

 

6thClass committee members

Oct Mid-term  2012

Autumn Bulb Planting of window boxes and on grass area

 

5thClass + Infants

Oct/Nov  2012

Slogan Competition

 

Senior Classes

December  2012

Notice Boards Revamp

Co-ordinator + 6thClass

Jan-Feb 2013

Application For raised beds

 

Mr. Looney

January  2013

Annual Toysale

 

All 6thClass students

February  2013

Trees From Co.Council

Mr. Looney+Paddy Fitzpatrick

March-April  2013

Erection of fencing to protect new trees

 

 

School Caretaker Paddy Fitzpatrick

March-April  2013

Clearing out of bulbs from window boxes in preparation for summer bedding

 

5thand 6thClass students

March-April  2013

Monthly Green School News in newsletter

 

School secretary and Co-ordinator

On-going

Up-dating of green school section of school website

 

Mrs. Lynch Green Schools Co-ordinator

On-going

 

 

Local Arts Council Crafted Project

Green school logo and Fair Trade logo used in traditional felting work

 

Local Craft worker + Ms O Neill 6thClass teacher

April  2013

Planting of summer bedding in boxes planters and raised bed

 

 

5thclass

May 2013

Termly Lenrec Recycled Clothing and Textile collection

Termly Lenrec Recycled Clothing and Textile collection

May 2013

Litter and Waste Audit/Review

 

 

6th class committee and Mrs. Lynch

June 2013

Termly Lenrec Recycled Clothing and Textile collection

Whole School and wider community

Sept 2013

New Committee Elected

All Classes

Sept 2013

Class Reps chosen for WWW + ECO jobs

 

New rota of litter and Waste jobs in 5th+6th

 

 

All Classes

 

 

5th+ 6th+ Mr. Garrahy

Sept 2013

Examined results from litter and waste review in June + Sept

 

Cillian + Diarmuid 6thclass

Sept-Oct 2013

Fairtrade research and survey

 

Maud + Emma

Sept 17th-19th

Coffee Morning

Second Class Surveyed their Recycling Box

 

Cormac + Meave

Sept2013

Fourth Class Surveyed their Class bin

 

Diarmuid + Kerrie

Sept 2013

Global Citizenship Survey/Pupil’s families connections around the world

 

Paul + Ciara + whole pupil population

October2013

 

Autumn Bulb planting in all pots, window boxes and Raised bed

 

 

Paddy caretaker and pupils.

 

October 2013

 

Green Schools Checklist to be brought to each class  by committee members

 

 

 

Oct/ Nov 2013

Results of global citizens connections on display

 

 

 

 

Lessons on Litter and Waste from www.repak.ie

 

 

 

 

Ciara, Paul Siobhan Diarmuid +Mrs Lynch

 

All classes to help fill in the info

 

 

All teachers and all pupils

Oct/Nov 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 2013

Graphs of Fairtrade survey created and displayed

Fair trade products available locally to be put on display.

Maud and Emma

Oct 2013

Bird Watching and Bird feeding

 

 

 

From each class bird tables positioned outside classes

 

 

Oct/ Nov 2013

 

 

 

 

Check all nesting boxes

 

 

 

Paddy The Caretaker

 

 

 

Oct/ Nov 2013

 

 

 

 

Waste around the world

E-Waste

Fuel Spills

Landfill

Water Pollution etc

 

 

3rd+ 4thClass

Picture Display

 

Jan 2014

 

 

Annual Toysale

 

5th+6thClass

Feb 2014

Day of Action

Exhibition in Hall

Whole School, Parents and wider community to attend

Feb 19th2014

0Project on link between CHC school initiative and Global Citizenship

 

1st+ 2ndClass

 

March/April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Global Citizenship   

Biodiversity Jan/Feb 2012

We are currently awaiting a visit from Clare Co.Council with the view and aim of achieving our 5th Green Flag.

At the moment our main interest is making sure the birds that populate our school grounds have enough food and water.

We have many feeding points around the school and the children take charge of making sure that the feeders are kept full at all times.

Now that Spring has arrived our 6th class have suggested that they could accompany the Junior classses on a nature walk around the school yard to view all there is to be seen at the moment - bulbs coming through the ground and the various birds feeding.

We have all noticed that the most common birds to our school are - great tits, chaffinches, green finches and lots of gold finches. A number of pied wagtails have been seen on the concrete yard also.

 

Our Annual Toysale

Our annual toysale was held on Feb.16th.It is held every year in keeping with our Green School Policy of recycling and re-using.

Lots of toys were donated to the school from school children and members of the community.

6th class children once again did themselves proud in the collection of toys , the setting up of the sale and most importantly the selling of all the toys.

The money raised will fund the many green schools projects that are up and running in the school

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Feeding and Bird Watching

We have several bird tables and bird feeders positioned around the school and school yard. All the children have been observing the birds as they feed.

The most common in our school yard are the great tit , the goldfinch , the chaffinch , the greenfinch and the pied wagtail.

5th and 6th class are responsible for filling the bird feeders under the supervision of Paddy our caretaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity Assessment

On March 1st Mrs.Betty Devanney a representative of Clare Co.Council and Mr.Shane Casey Biodiversity Officer for Co.Clare paid a visit to our school. The committee members gathered to explain all the work that our school does on a continual basis and also to outline the new projects undertaken by the school under the theme of Biodiversity.It was a very enjoyable and successful day.The visitors also called to see all the boys and girls in their classrooms where they really impressed with their knowledge of all thing biodiverse. An impromptu traditional session was enjoyed in one class room and 4th class impressed with our school code performed as a rap.The knowledge of the children about the birds insect and animals whose habitat is our school grounds really impressed both Betty and Shane.

Their feedback to the school committee was all positive so we are very hopeful that we will be awarded our 5th green flag before the school year is out.Well done to all the boys and girls for the work done.

 

 

 

 

Our School Raised Beds

 

4th class took advantage of the fine weather the week before the Easter holidays and put together the raised beds they received recently at the biodiversity workshop they attended.

 

 

The children planted potatoes and a variety of other vegetables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children learned that in order to grow the seeds require good soil, light and water. Sometimes we need to protect newly sown seeds from the wind and also from other animals like cats and dogs who may try to interfere with them.A simple net or fleece can be used to cover them in the beginning, until they are established.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Green School

St. Joseph’s N.S. received their first green flag in 2002.
We successfully achieved the following flags since then-
• Litter and waste management
• Energy conservation
• Water conservation
• Travel

We are at present working hard to achieve our 5th flag under the theme of Biodiversity.

The following are a selection of photos taken since we commenced the theme of Biodiversity.

 

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity Jan/Feb  2012

We are currently awaiting a visit from Clare Co.Council with the view and aim of achieving our 5th Green Flag.

At the moment our main interest is making sure the birds that populate our school grounds have enough food and water.

We have many feeding points around the school and the children take charge of making sure that the feeders are kept full at all times.

Now that Spring has arrived our 6th class have suggested that they could accompany the Junior classses on a nature walk around the school yard to view all there is to be seen at the moment - bulbs coming through the ground and the various birds feeding.

We have all noticed that the most common birds to our school are - great tits, chaffinches, green finches and lots of gold finches. A number of pied wagtails have been seen on the concrete yard also. 

 

Our Annual Toysale

Our annual toysale was held on Feb.16th.It is held every year in keeping with our Green School Policy of recycling and re-using.

Lots of toys were donated to the school from school children and members of the community.

6th class children once again did themselves proud in the collection of toys , the setting up of the sale and most importantly the selling of all the toys.

The money raised will fund the many green schools projects that are up and running in the school

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Feeding and Bird Watching

We have several bird tables and bird feeders positioned around the school and school yard. All the children have been observing the birds as they feed.

The most common in our school yard are the great tit , the goldfinch , the chaffinch , the greenfinch and the pied wagtail.

5th and 6th class are responsible for filling the bird feeders under the supervision of Paddy our caretaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity Assessment

 

 

 

 

On March 1st Mrs.Betty Devanney a representative of Clare Co.Council and Mr.Shane Casey Biodiversity Officer for Co.Clare paid a visit to our school. The committee members gathered to explain all the work that our school does on a continual basis and also to outline the new projects undertaken by the school under the theme of Biodiversity.It was a very enjoyable and successful day.The visitors also called to see all the boys and girls in their classrooms where they really impressed with their knowledge of all thing biodiverse. An impromptu traditional session was enjoyed in one class room and 4th class impressed with our school code performed as a rap.The knowledge of the children about the birds insect and animals whose habitat is our school grounds really impressed both Betty and Shane.

 

 

Their feedback to the school committee was all positive so we are very hopeful that we will be awarded our 5th green flag before the school year is out.Well done to all the boys and girls for the work done.

 

 

 

 

Our School Raised Beds

 

4th class took advantage of the fine weather the week before the Easter holidays and put together the raised beds they received recently at the biodiversity workshop they attended.

 

 

The children planted potatoes and a variety of other vegetables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The children learned that in order to grow the seeds require good soil, light and water. Sometimes we need to protect newly sown seeds from the wind and also from other animals like cats and dogs who may try to interfere with them.A simple net or fleece can be used to cover them in the beginning, until they are established.