We had a jam-packed Action Week last week in St. Brigid's. We participated in some community clean ups, took part in our motto competition for this flag, enjoyed a marine-themed Dress-up day and had a No Plastic Day. We learned lots from our amazing displays on this theme. Well done to all the kids, parents and teachers who worked so hard to make this week such a success! :-)
Due to the overwhelming amount of recycled Christmas cards we now have enough to last us a lifetime. Thank you to all who has helped us recycle our Christmas cards but we will now no longer be collecting them as we simply do not have enough storage space. Thanking you again for all your support. The Green School Committee.
Today we were invited to the Helix, DCU to the Green Flag Ceremony. We were presented with our 7th Green Flag, for Global Citizenship & Energy. We are all very proud of the success and will soon be celebrating by having someone special to raise our flag. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about who will raise our flag.
Today, we planted a variety of trees such as a Rowen, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Crab apple and Alder. Before we planted the trees we did a bit of research on the different trees. We learned lots of folklore for each tree and chose the one we most liked. We then planted the tree and made the surrounding area visible to others so that our tree does not get trampled on.
How many years old was the tree below?
Tip: Count the rings.
We were very lucky to have some special visitors to our school on Tuesday to mark Catholic Schools Week and to learn more about saving our planet.
Sr. Evelyn (who used to be our school principal) and her helper told us all about Laudato Si, a special letter Pope Francis wrote to remind us that we share our planet with all the beautiful animals and nature that make Earth so special.
We watched some lovely videos and powerpoints and had a great discussion about what we can do to help our planet. We then made a promise with our thumb prints to do our best and to spread the message to other people!
Thanks Sr. Evelyn and well done everyone!
Check out the recycled Christmas decorations 3rd class made. Thanks for judging our competition Ms Keogh. Well done to everyone who took part. They were all fantastic. Special mention to Kate and Sofia who won 1st and 2nd place. It was very difficult to choose.
Last Wednesday, a selection of classes enjoyed a really interesting and funny visit from Leif Barry. Leif is an environmental scientist. His job is to find out about all the special things in our environment and then to tell us how we can work together to protect our environment from being destroyed.
He described and explained all about the different species of butterflies, moths, wasps and bees that we have in Ireland. He showed us beautiful photographs that he took himself on his various nature walks. Then he told us that sadly our wonderful and extremely important bees are going to become extinct if we don't help them out by protecting their habitats (where they live) and leaving them lots of food to eat (the pollen from wild flowers).
We can play our part in St. Brigid's to save the bees and other important pollinators!
Leif very kindly left us with some gorgeous wildflower seeds that we can plant out in our school grounds early next year. We can also leave some of our grass uncut so that we can create a wildflower meadow to help provide food for our winged friends. Fingers crossed we attract lots of bees, butterflies and other pollinators to keep us company on yard next summer! Thanks Leif! :-)
St. Brigid's Greenschools' Committee