This school year we are going for our 5th Green Flag. This flag is for Biodiversity and the Green School
committee have been very busy working behind the scenes getting ready for our visit later this
month. Work for this flag has included creating a wildflower area, building a log pile and a leaf pile,
putting up nest boxes and birdfeeders. Our bird feeders have had an immediate impact with lots of
birds arriving to feed straight away.
All of the children in the school have been involved in activities related to biodiversity. Classes have
made bird feeders, bug hotels, bee hotels, a bird bath, fairy doors and beautiful signage for our
garden. Classes have also completed educational lessons on the lifecycle of the bee, very catchy
acrostic poems and wonderfully detailed power points on what exactly biodiversity is. For each flag
we have to come up with a new Green Code. The Green School Committee ran a competition for this
and our winners, Donagh and Anthony from 6th class, came up with a great one.
We have had two guest speakers in to talk to the children on biodiversity. Calvin Jones from Heritage
Ireland took pupils on a Discover Wildlife School Safari and a Discover Wildlife Biodiversity Safari.
Brendan Joyce from EducationthroughRecreation delivered a Honey & Bee Biodiversity Workshop.
Both of these visits were very enjoyable and informative.
Last month we held our Action Day. The Green School Committee were very busy organising
activities for this. They advertised the day by making eye catching posters to go up around the
school. On the day the children, teachers and parents got to see all the work the classes have been
doing on biodiversity. They also got to take part in quizzes, artwork using plastic bottle tops and a
challenge where a number of different plastics, cardboard and paper items that are in everyday use
in all our homes had to be placed in the correct bin. Interesting results!