5th Green Flag Celebration Day and National Tree Day Oct 6th
On Thursday, October 6th, 2016 our school celebrated receiving our 5th Green Flag. All our hard work last year on the theme ‘Biodiversity’ paid off and we thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations. The day couldn’t of worked out better, it was a lovely, sunny Autumn day, perfect for spending some extra time outdoors and raising our new flag and five pennants. We started with a whole school assembly in the amphitheatre and we were delighted Fr. O’Fearraí, John McFadden from the BoM and Maureen Keenaghan from the Community Garden could join us. The 4th class rap winners performed their rap one last time. Samaire and Catherine shared some lovely tree poems and Keela from 6th shared William Allingham’s poem A Seed.
See how a Seed, which Autumn flung down,
And through the Winter neglected lay,
Uncoils two little green leaves and two brown,
With tiny root taking hold on the clay
As, lifting and strengthening day by day,
It pushes red branchless, sprouts new leaves,
And cell after cell the Power in it weaves
Out of the storehouse of soil and clime,
To fashion a Tree in due course of time;
Tree with rough bark and boughs’ expansion,
Where the Crow can build his mansion,
Or a Man, in some new May,
Lie under whispering leaves and say,
“Are the ills of one’s life so very bad
When a Green Tree makes me deliciously glad?”
As I do now. But where shall I be
When this little Seed is a tall green Tree?
This lead us wonderfully to our tree planting ceremony. Our invited guests helped a pupil from each class to plant four new trees in our school garden. We talked about what these new trees represented; life, energy, growth, and we wondered where we would be when these trees are fully grown. Then we moved around to the front of the school for the flag raising,
We proundly raised our flag and five pennants (one for each of theme we have completed thus far). Eoin Summerville concluded the ceremony with a lovely tune on the fiddle Harvest Home.
To top it all off the children enjoyed an ice cream on yard and an extra long playtime!
Lá Glas 2016
Thank you to our Green Schools committee for coordinating the Greens School programme so far this year. We had a great action day on Friday March 4th, where the rap finalists performed for the whole school at assembly. Three classes welcomed biodiversity expert Martina Butler for outdoor workshops and each class engaged in biodiversity related activities.
Well done to the third class contestants Alan, Thomas and Hannah who were announced as the overall winners of the Biodiversity Rap Competition 2016! Their rap was both entertaining and informative and they were great at performing it. Congratulation also to special merit award winner Samaire Grokenberger who wrote a fantastic poem/rap on the topic of Biodiversity.
Here are some photos of the day.
Finalists of the THE GREEN FACTOR announced!
Well done to the following finalists in the Green Factor Biodiversity rap competition:
1st Class – The Bumblebees – Cadhlá and Emily
2nd/3rd Class – The Guardians of the Garden
3rd Class – The Biodiverisity Hat – Alan, Thomas and Hannah
4th/5th Class – A Rap not a Sandwich
5th/6th Class – The Right Way
The overall winners will be announced at the Lá Glas on Wednesday Mar 16th.
“THE GREEN FACTOR” competition
Members of the Green Schools’ Committee in Creevy NS recently came up with an innovative way to get the message of biodiversity across to the students. They are holding a competition whereby the entrants have to write a song or a rap on the theme of biodiversity. Entries must be in by Friday 12th February. The first audition will be held in front of judges – date to be decided. Seven acts will qualify to sing in the final which will be held in front of the whole school on Friday 4th March . Details of prizes to follow ….
Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-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.
We at Creevy NS have a very active environmental policy. Our green-schools initiative dates back to 2003 and we are in the process of achieving our fifth green flag. To date we have been successful in acquiring four green flags for success in the areas of litter, energy, water and travel. The fifth green flag we are currently working towards is biodiversity.
Our greens-schools committee consists of two representatives from the senior classes and three staff members. We are very proud of the work being done in our school to foster respect for the environment and the need to look after it.
Our Committee for the year 2015/2016
Chairperson: Ms Mc Gloin
Secretary: Mary Mullaney
Assist Secretary: Pauline Faherty
New Committee Elected:
2nd/3rd Class- Charlie Mc Gowan
3rd Class – Darragh Summerville
4th/5th Class- Fionn Gallagher
Anna Mc Caffrey
5th/6th Class- Hannah Gallagher
By promoting sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car pooling or public transport), the schools will also improve pupils’ safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative modes of transport also improve children’s alertness. The schools will also lessen their overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution.
Creevy National School are promoting carpooling as a way of reducing congestion at the school gates and would like to encourage parents to explore ways in which they could participate in this venture. We will be investigating the viability of carpooling in Creevy NS by having an action day in the near future. Further details about this action day will issue shortly.
Green Schools Surveys November 2013
Surveys were carried out in May 2013 and November 2013 on how we travel to school and on cycling safety. The results are shown in the graphs below (baseline survey was May 2013 and follow on survey was November 2013)
Cycle Safety Training Skills Course
Cycle Training was delivered to all pupils in 4th and 5th classes by Pedal Right www.pedalright.com. We received part funding for the course through a grant from Donegal County Council Road Safety. This took place on 12th, 13th, 14th March 2014.