There are now only 4days to go until we begin our waste audit in St. Brigid's with our facilitator Grainne Ryan. We are excited to see how we can improve our school even more! Watch this space! ;-)
We also need you all to put your thinking caps on this week to come up with a new Green Schools motto for our theme of Global Citizenship! The suggestion box is now in the hall beside the photocopier! We are looking forward to your entries!!!
What do those big words 'Global Citizenship' mean???!!
GLOBAL means the world that we live in and CITIZENSHIP is like being a member or part of a team or club.
So basically our theme just means that we all have to work together to protect our planet no matter where we live on it!
One of the ways we are doing this in our school and at home is by recycling. So let's all work together in this special club! We all have a very important part to play!
Here are some projects from Ms. Ryan's class that we displayed on the Green -Schools noticeboard. They are all about China. The girls learned about life in China long ago and today including yummy Chinese food! They researched lots of information on Chinese legends too and had great fun acting them out for their class! They listened to traditional Chinese music and designed some brochures to advertise China to tourists using some Chinese characters.
The girls chose three animals to study- the Giant Panda, the Siberian Tiger and the Yangtze River Dolphin. They were very sad to hear that the Yangtze River Dolphin is now extinct due to the impact of humans on the river where it used to live. It is the first animal to become extinct in 50 years. :-(
Why not find out more about China and the Chinese New Year?!
Try making a Chinese lantern!
Learn more about school in China here
Did you know that as Irish people we are also European citizens?
We have been members of the European Union since 1973.
Last October, the two 6th classes visited the EU buildings on Dawson Street to learn more about how the European Union works. The workshops were highly informative and the girls enjoyed the trip very much, especially the fun quiz at the end! They also received lots of resources to explore more about all the different countries who are member states of the EU.
Here is a list of all the 28 member states of the European Union.
How many of these nationalities are in our school? Take a peek at the Green-Schools Noticeboard to check your answers!
For more information on the EU click on these links for some fun activities!
In St. Brigid's we are taking part in the WEEE challenge and we check regularly what position we are in on the leader board! A reminder to everyone that we are still trying to collect as many batteries and ink cartridges as possible! Just bring them to school and we will do the rest!
Big thanks to Ms. Edwards for arranging all our WEEE collections! We know our electrical goods are going to an ethical home- either to be re-used or recycled.
Before and after!
Each classroom in St. Brigid's has a compost bin, general waste bin, milk basin and paper bin. Now the staffroom has too! We monitor our water and energy usage all over the school.
WHILE WE ARE DOING REALLY WELL, OUR TARGET IS NOW TO REDUCE OUR WASTE OF PAPER!!
Why not use both sides of the page?
Maybe you could start a re-usable paper collection in your classroom? This would be great for art or those wet lunch-times!
If you make a mistake when you are photocopying, don't worry- just add the pages to the re-usable paper box beside the photocopier! Please don't put them in the paper bin if you could use that paper again! :-(
Are there opportunities for you to send something/ share something without printing it out?
Why bother recycling? These links will give you lots of reasons why!
The two 6th classes recently took part in a very creative and fun competition to recreate a Hallowe'en character using recycled materials. The competition was the brainchild of the national social enterprise, ReCreate. Check out this link for more details! www.recreate.ie
Ms. Phelan's class recreated Edward Scissorhands while Ms. Ryan's Room 14 girls constructed a zombie bride called Collette.
The results as you can see below are truly terrifying!
Collette in all her finery!
And here comes Edward!
St. Brigid's Greenschools' Committee