Green-Schools

About Green Schools

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The purpose of the Green Schools’ programme is to make the school a more environmentally friendly place and to promote environmental awareness and care amongst all members of the school community. When the school has implemented certain actions for environmental protection we can apply to be assessed by an Taisce, and if we have met their criteria, will be awarded a green flag. At the moment our school is working to achieve its first green flag which is for reducing litter and waste. You can read more about Green Schools on their website: http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/.
The school has a green schools committee which has members from the students, staff and parents. We meet about once a fortnight, to review what we have done to date and to decide what steps we need to take in order to achieve our green flag status. Elections were held in each class in the school in order to elect our student members.
Becoming a Parent Member of the Green Schools’ Committee 2015/2016
 If you want to become a parent member of the green schools committee, please e-mail Claire Manning, the programme coordinator at office@petns.ie. Parent members of the Green School Committee can decide how much they want to become involved in the programme. You may wish to help out once a year, or once a week, it is up to you! Parent members will be invited to attend all committee meetings, and are welcome to come if available. If not, the minutes of the meetings will be circulates afterwards. If you are not available to come to meetings, there will still be other things that you will be able to get involved with as a parent member of the Green Schools’ Committee. We will be organising litter picks on the school grounds and different events to promote environmental awareness throughout the school year. You will be invited to participate in all of them, but you can choose what ones you are available to help with.
2016/2017 Green Schools’ Committee Members
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Students

Senior Infants: Amy & Tamia1st Class – Ryan & Levente

2nd Class – Ustina & Adriana

3rd Class – Lenka & Vanessa

4th Class – Gabija & Samantha

5th Class – Oisín & Nora

6th Class – Patrick & David

2015/2016 Green Schools’ Committee Members
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Students

1st Class – Lily & Gabriella

2nd Class – Vanessa & Amy

3rd Class – Matas & Samantha

4th Class – Gary & Wiktoria

5th Class – Sebastian & Patrick

6th Class – Tiernan & Sim

Staff

Claire Manning

Elaine O’Rourke

Rozz Lewis

Gemma Phelan

Elke Christofzik

Dawn Cobbe

Aisling Fitzpatrick

Mark Delaney

Parents

Ilona Goncarenko

Catherine Flavin

Serena Guilfoyle

Paul Van Amersfourth

Helena Gleeson

Paulina Janulis

2014/ 2015 Green Schools’ Committee Members

Students

1st Class – Fawaz & Amy

2nd Class – Zidane & Samantha

3rd Class – Gary & Wiktoria

4th Class – Sebastian & Patrick

5th Class – Tiernan & Sim

6th Class – Ciara & Jamie

Staff

Claire Manning

Elaine O’Rourke

Joanna Culleton

Niamh Hayes

Padraic Bourke

Parents

ILona Goncarenko

Dawn Hennessy

Aishling Hennessy

Nonqabe Zondani

Here is a photograph of some of our current student members

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Green Schools Committee By-Election in 5th Class

by Tiernan

My good friend Huzaifa and I were on the Green Schools, but sadly he left so we had a by-election in 5th class. The candidates had to make a poster and do a speech in front of the class. The election winner was Sim. It was very close as it was only one vote between Sim and the person who came second. Congratulations to Sim!

Check out this really cool election poster that was make by Erik in 5th class!

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 A Word From Our New Committee Member

by Sim

Hello. I’m thanking everyone who voted and cheered me through, and also the people who didn’t vote because I respect their decision and how they thought I’m not the person for the job. I’m hoping to do an art lesson involving recycling and the meaning of compost bins. I’m giving thanks to Emanuel, my campaign manager who supported me, then Dylan just for being friends with me. I will put a ton of effort in to get that green flag! My motto is: Reduce, reuse, recycle people, it’s cool!

 

Recycle Your Used Batteries in the School!

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You may have noticed two of these boxes in the school foyer outside the office. If you have used batteries, you can put them in here and they will be recycled. To find out where your old batteries go after they leave our school you can visit http://www.weeeireland.ie/

 Green Schools’ Poster Competition

We held a competition for 5th and 6th class to design a poster to tell everyone what can go into the rubbish/ recycling bins. The winner of the competition was Joke from 6th class. Check out her fantastic poster below. We will now display it next to all of the bins in the school.

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Green Schools Environmental Review

As the second step towards our Green Flag and becoming a more environmentally friendly school, our school carried out an environmental review to find out about litter and waste in our school. We administered a survey to a sample of parents, staff and students to find out about their attitudes and knowledge on litter and waste. We did a litter audit of the school and its grounds to identify the most common types of litter and the places where there is the most litter. We also did a waste audit where we collected all of the rubbish that was produced in the school for one typical school day, and weighed it and sorted it into different categories. We will be able to make an estimation of how much waste our school produces in one day/ week/ year from this data, as well as identify the most common types of waste in our school. This information will inform the action plan that we will create as the third step in making our school more environmentally friendly.

Waste Audit Results

Check out the pictures below of out Green School Committee members hard at work sorting through waste and recording data during our waste audit:

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Waste Audit Results

Below are some tables and graphs showing the results of our waste audit. You can see which areas of the school produce the most/ least waste, and what types of waste are most common in our school.

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Waste in different areas

 

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 Litter Audit Results

Our Green School Committee members undertook a litter survey in the school and its grounds. Each team of two student committee members was designated a different area. Each time they found a piece of litter in that area they marked an x on their map to indicate where it was found. They used a different colour x to indicate the type of litter. Red was for food waste, green for plastic, black for paper and blue for other types of litter.

We then made some graphs to illustrate the most common types of litter inside and outside the school and to indicate which areas in the school were litter black spots.

Our main findings were:

  • Litter is more of a problem inside the school than outside
  • The upstairs of the school has more of a problem with litter than the downstairs
  • Inside the school the litter black spots were the corridors, PE hall, library, Gemma’s room, and Padraic’s room.
  • Outside the school the litter black spots were around the senior yard, the staff car park, and the bike shed.
  • The most common type of litter inside the school was other (anything other than food waste, paper or plastic). The second most common type of litter was paper.
  • The most common type of litter outside the school was other again with paper being the second most common type.

Here are some graphs which illustrate our results:

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Litter and Waste Questionnaire Results

Introduction:

As part of our environmental review a short questionnaire was given to a random selection of staff, parents and students. The purpose of the questionnaire was to find out levels of knowledge about and attitudes to litter and waste.

Results:

Staff

  • Response rates from staff were relatively good with 70% of staff selected to complete the questionnaire returning it. The following information was gleaned from the questionnaires that were returned.
  • Overall staff had a very good understanding of issues relating to litter and waste. Attitudes towards reducing waste and litter were positive with all saying they use the correct bins in school, and 85% saying that they recycle at home. All staff members surveyed said that they think reducing waste and recycling are important.

Parents

  • Response rates from parents were low, with only 33% of parents asked to complete the questionnaire returning it. The following information was gleaned from the questionnaires that were returned.
  • Most parents have a good knowledge about what recycling is and why it is important. 100% of the parents surveyed said that they recycled at home. 50% of parents surveyed said they composted at home.

Students

  • Response rates from students were good with 75% of students who were selected to complete the questionnaire returning it.
  • Overall levels of knowledge about waste and litter were greater in the more senior classes. Children in infant classes had very little knowledge about waste and litter. Levels of knowledge and awareness amongst students in the senior classes were quite good.
  • The vast majority of students said they recycled at home.
  • One third of students surveyed said that they didn’t know where rubbish goes after it has been put in the bin.
  • 89% of students surveyed could name some materials that could be recycled.
  • 60% of students surveyed did not know what litter was.
  • Most children though it was important to try and create less rubbish, however most could not suggest things that we could do to achieve this.

 

Suggestions from staff and students for stopping people littering at school included:

  • Making more bins available in the school grounds
  • Having student litter wardens
  • Anti-litter posters
  • Teachers deliver lessons on littering
  • Making no littering a school rule
  • The children passing the message on to parents
  • Have a prize for the class with the least litter
  • Fines/ time out for students who litter
  • Tell people who litter to pick it up
  • Cameras for monitoring the school grounds
  • Reward people who use the bins
  • Educate people about why litter is harmful

Conclusions:

  • We should continue to promote environmental awareness amongst the staff so that 100% will be motivated to begin recycling at home.
  • Parents are doing very well with recycling at home. We could do some work to promote composting at home.
  • Lessons on litter and waste need to be delivered to all classes in the school, especially in the infant classes.
  • The Green Schools Committee will implement some of the suggested strategies for stopping people littering.

 

Reducing Packaging in Lunches

The following website has some useful tips for reducing the amount of packaging that lunches usually have

http://www.wastefreelunches.org/parents.html

Leave No Trace Workshop in 4th Class (posted 19/2/15)

By Nisha (4th class)

Last Thursday, a man named Darach came into our classroom and explained about his job at Leave No Trace Ireland. (www.leavenotraceschools.org). He brought us outside and we played a game where he described an animal and we had to guess what it was and after we guessed correctly we had to make the shape of the animal. After lunch, we went across the road and played a timeline game where we had to draw pictures of two pieces of litter and try and guess how long it took for each one to break down. It was quite shocking to discover how long some litter takes to break down.  Then we had a walk, following each others footsteps to show the impact of our footsteps on the environment and animals’ habitats. We then had a treasure hunt  to find things that didn’t belong in some parts of the environment we were working in. We did a quick survey of the school grounds, spotting pieces of litter on our way back to the classroom. We got certificates, pencils and rulers, all made from recycled materials! Then we took a picture. Have a look below to share our experience!

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Green Schools Talk For Parents

On Friday March 27th Ann-Marie Kelly, the Environment Officer with Laois County Council will be visiting the school to chat to parents/ students about the Green Schools programme.

Ann-Marie will join parents at the Friday coffee morning at 8.30am to chat about the Green Schools programme and how parents can get involved in a practical way, for example through preparing school lunches with reduced packaging. The chat will be informal and will last about 30minutes. Ann-Marie will then visit the children during the whole school assembly.

This is a very exciting and important visit for us as Ann-Marie will be the assessor who decides whether or not our school is successful when we apply for our first Green Flag next November. We would really love to see as many parents as possible come and support our efforts to get our Green Flag and to become involved in the Green Schools Programme.

Green Code (posted on 22/2/15)

One of the 7 steps in the green schools application process is to develop a green code. The green code is a statement of the school’s commitment to environmental good habits. We held a slogan competition to develop our green code. The children we allowed to write a poem/ rap/ slogan/ acrostic poem. They could enter as many suggestions as they wished. Some of the younger classes developed their entries as a whole class. Our green code was created as a team effort by Elaine’s Senior Infants.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle each day, in a clean world we love to play!

Composting At Home (posted on 26/2/15)

Laois County Council have provided us with an information booklet on composting for each family in the school. These booklets explain how composting can easily be done at home to help dispose of some waste in a more environmentally friendly way. The children will bring a booklet home this week. We would ask that you have a look through the booklet and consider starting to compost at home if you do not do so already. You can also see the booklet by clicking on the following link: http://www.laois.ie/media/Media,2078,en.pdf

 

Special End of Term Parent’s Coffee Morning This Friday (Posted 23/3/15)

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Just a quick reminder that the Parents’ Association will have a special end of term coffee morning this Friday at 8.30 am. Ann-Marie Kelly, the Environment Officer with Laois County Council will be a special guest at the coffee morning and she will chat with parents about the Green Schools programme and how to get involved in a practical way, for example through preparing school lunches with reduced packaging.The chat will be informal and will last about 30 minutes. It will be a very useful chat for anyone who is interested in learning how to help the environment, while at the same time prepare more healthy and less costly school lunches. We would really love to see as many parents as possible come and support our efforts to get a Green Flag and to become involved in the Green Schools Programme. All parents/ guardians are welcome to attend!

Green Schools Art Project (posted 14/4/15)

Next week two of our parents will begin an art project in the school where each class will make a papier mache cow for their classroom. The cow will be made out of recycled materials in order to promote the idea of reusing in the school. We really need children to bring in materials for the project. The materials we need are old newspapers, string, masking tape, laces, and toilet roll holders. If you have any of these items to spare, we would appreciate it if children could bring them in and give them to their teachers. Thank you for your help!

Green Schools Suggestions (posted 20/4/15)

We now have a Green Schools suggestion box which is located in the foyer outside Hazel’s office. All members of the school community including students, parents and staff are welcome to make suggestions which will be considered by the Green Schools committee.

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 Green Schools Art Project (posted 23/4/15)

We need the type of tags that are pictured here for our art project. They are going to be the tags that our papier maché cows have on their ears. These tags are usually used to keep bread closed. If you have any of them at home, we would appreciate it if you could send them into school. Thank You!

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 How Now Brown Cow Art Project (posted 24/4/15)

Here are some photos of some of our students working on the Green Schools art project with two of our parents, Dawn and Aishling.

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 Action Day Litter Pick (posted 24/4/15)

Our Green Schools’ action day litter pick yesterday was a huge success. Our students picked up litter from the entire campus in collaboration with students from Maryborough National School. We collected two full large bags of litter in total. Well done to all of our students for their hard work

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Textile Recycling Drive (posted 27th May 2015)

We will be running a textile recycling drive for the month of June in PETNS. If you have any old or unwanted clothing or textiles such as sheets or towels etc., we would appreciate it if you could put them in a bag and bring them into the school before Thursday June 25th. Bags can be left in the foyer outside Hazel’s office. The textiles will be collected by a company called Dolly Textile Recycling http://www.dollytextilerecycling.ie/. The textiles will be recycled and reused in a number of different ways including being exported to African countries for re use and shredded down and used as a raw material known as Flock which is used in carpets, mattresses, sofas and sound proofing. For each 10kg bag of clothing that is donated, the school will receive €5. This money will be spent on books for our students on the topic of litter and waste/ green schools. We would really appreciate your support with this initiative, so please have a look over the coming weeks to see if you have any thing to donate. Thank you.

 

Becoming a Parent Member of the Green Schools Committee (posted 6/10/2015)

We are looking for some parents to become a Parent Member of the Green Schools’ Committee
If you want to become a parent member, please e-mail Claire Manning, the programme coordinator at office@petns.ie

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Parent members of the Green School Committee can decide how much they want to become involved in the programme. You may wish to help out once a year, or once a week, it is up to you!

Parent members will be invited to attend all committee meetings, and are welcome to come if available. If not, the minutes of the meetings will be circulates afterwards. If you are not available to come to meetings, there will still be other things that you will be able to get involved with as a parent member of the Green Schools’ Committee. We will be organising litter picks on the school grounds and different events to promote environmental awareness throughout the school year. You will be invited to participate in all of them, but you can choose what ones you are available to help with.

Thanks again, looking forward to hearing from you!

Green Schools Committee

Reduced Waste Week (posted 14/10/2015)

Hi Everyone,

As part of Green Schools and in conjunction with the Food Dudes programme we have been running in school this week, we are promoting a ‘Reduced Waste Week’ initiative, beginning next Monday 19th October. This initiative is to basically inform children and their teachers on how we can reduce waste packaging in our lunch packs and to give ideas on alternative ways to pack our lunches each day. If we try really hard we can reduce the waste to ZERO! The Green school committee members will go around to each class each day and award the child with the best eco-friendly lunch pack for their efforts. Below are some tips on more eco-friendly ways to pack lunch for yourself and your family.

  • Reusable lunch container or containers – Pack sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruits and, fresh vegetables and treats
  • Plastic baggies or zip-top bags – Get your child in the habit of bringing them home again so you can rinse them out, dry them and reuse them a couple of times.
  • Cloth napkins
  • Reusable drinks containers
  • Stainless steel spoons

http://www.wastefreelunches.org/parents.html

 Clothing Recycling Drive (posted 30/10/2015)

Last June’s textile recycling drive raised over €250 for Green Schools and was used to purchase 23 books on the theme of litter and waste for the children. Thank you to all parents who generously donated to the cause. We will be having another textile recycling drive in December, again in aid of Green Schools, so if you are thinking of doing a clear out of any unwanted clothing, sheets, towels etc. over the coming weeks, please keep this in mind. We will be accepting bags for donation from early December. Many thanks for your support once again.

 

OUR NEW GREEN SCHOOLS LIBRARY (Monday 2nd November 2015)

We would like to thank the parents and families in our school most sincerely for all of the clothing donated to the recycling drive last term. The school raised a total sum of €250 which allowed us to purchase over 23 books for our Learn Together Library. The books purchased are all based on the theme of Ethics and the Environment.

Over the past few weeks the children in Jennifer and Elaine’s Senior Infants have been learning about Recycling in Aistear and in Geography. They have been busy engaging in a Drama (role-play) station where they have been driving a bin lorry, sorting recyclable materials into categories and writing about the importance of reducing our waste, re-using packaging and recycling as much as possible.

The children are really enjoying the new books that have been added to the school library and we thank you for making the purchase of these new resources possible.

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We will be doing another collection for the recycling drive in early December, so please keep us in mind if you are doing a clear out of unwanted clothing or textiles before the New Year.

Kind regards,

Elaine O’Rourke

(Mainstream Class Teacher Senior Infants and Green Schools Committee Member)

2015 LITTER AND WASTE AUDIT RESULTS (Posted 20/11/2015)

In October our student and staff committee members undertook our second litter and waste audit of the school and its grounds. The aim of the audit was to see if, and by how much, our school had reduced litter and waste since this time last year.

Please see below for our results!

Amount of Waste Produced in Different Areas of the School 

This chart shows how much waste was produced in each area of the school on a typical day during the 2014 school year, compared with a typical day during the 2015 school year.

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The amount of waste produced in each area has increased from 2014 to 2015 in most instances. This is due to a significant increase in the amount of students and staff, from 366 people in 2014, to 394 people in 2015.

It is also due to the fact that during the 2014 school year the children were asked to bring waste from their lunches home, whereas they are now allowed to dispose of their waste in school as we have increased facilities for recycling and composting. You can see from our ‘Where our Waste Goes’ chart that the increase in waste is made up of materials that can be composted or recycled and that general waste has been reduced.

Where Our Waste Goes

This chart shows the decrease in the amount of waste that went to landfill between the 2014 and 2015 school years, and the increase in the amount of waste that was diverted from landfill between the 2014 and 2015 school years[i].

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[i] .Figures have been adjusted to take account of the increase in numbers of students and staff from 2014 to 2015

 

Estimated Amount of Waste Produced Per Person in the School

The below tables show an estimate of how much of each type of waste was produced per person in the school during the 2014 school year, compared with the 2015 school year.

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Litter in PETNS

We carried out a litter survey on the inside and outside of the school in 2014, and again in 2015. The below chart shows a comparison between the 2 years on the number of litter items in each location.

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The good news is that overall litter is down by 29%, from 430 items of litter on the school grounds in 2014, to 304 items of litter on the school grounds in 2015.

Types of Litter

The below charts compare how much of each type of litter was found inside, and outside the school on a typical day during the 2014 and 2015 school years.

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The inside of the school has significantly less litter with 94 items found in total, compared with 223 items of litter in 2014. 

Unfortunately, the outside of the school is significantly more littered, with 147 items of litter found in 2014, compared with 210 items found in 2015. We have decided that our action plan will need to include steps to address the problem of litter outside the school over the coming months. One of the steps in the plan will be to purchase outdoor bins for the campus.

 Textile Recycling Drive in PETNS (Posted 4th December 2015)

 We will be running a textile recycling drive during December and January in PETNS. If you are doing a pre or post holiday clear out, and have any old or unwanted clothing or textiles such as sheets or towels etc., we would appreciate it if you could put them in a bag and bring them into the school before Tuesday January 19th 2016. Bags can be left in the foyer outside Hazel’s office. The textiles will be collected by a company called Dolly TextileRecycling http://www.dollytextilerecycling.ie/. The textiles will be recycled and reused in a number of different ways including being exported to African countries for re use and shredded down and used as a raw material known as Flock which is used in carpets, mattresses, sofas and sound proofing. For each 10kg bag of clothing that is donated, the school will receive €3. Last June’s textile recycling drive raised €250 and the money was spent on books for our students on the topic of litter and waste/ green schools. This year the money will be spent on an outdoor bin for our campus as our recent litter audit showed that there is a problem with litter on the school grounds. We would really appreciate your support with this initiative, so please have a look over the coming weeks to see if you have any thing to donate. Thank you.

Recycling and Waste Management in PETNS (Posted 4th December 2015)

We are currently working towards achieving our first green flag for Litter and Waste. We have introduced a “no litter lunch” initiative, where we are encouraging all classes to bring a no litter lunch each day in order to reduce our waste and help to protect our environment. Below you will see an example of a no litter lunch belonging to Elaine’s senior infant pupils.

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The no litter lunch initiative has helped us to reduce our waste. Children are bringing re-usable bottles and lunch boxes and this has reduced the need for cling film, tin foil and other non-recyclable packaging.

Here are the recycling, compost and general waste bins that we use in PETNS. We compost tissue paper, apple cores, orange peels, banana skins, crusts and pencil parings. The introduction of the compost bins has really helped us to reduce our production of general waste.

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 Textile Recycling Drive (Posted 6th January 2016)

Just a reminder that we are still running our textile recycling drive in PETNS.If you have any old or unwanted clothing or textiles such as sheets or towels etc., we would appreciate it if you could put them in a bag and bring them into the school before Tuesday January 19th 2016.
Bags can be left in the foyer outside Hazel’s office. The textiles will be collected by a company called Dolly TextileRecycling http://www.dollytextilerecycling.ie/. The textiles will be recycled and reused in a number of different ways including being exported to African countries for re use and shredded down and used as a raw material known as Flock which is used in carpets, mattresses, sofas and sound proofing.
For each 10kg bag of clothing that is donated, the school will receive €3. Last June’s textile recycling drive raised €250 and the money was spent on books for our students on the topic of litter and waste/ green schools.
This year the money will be spent on an outdoor bin for our campus as our recent litter audit showed that there is a problem with litter on the school grounds.
We would really appreciate your support with this initiative, so please have a look over the coming weeks to see if you have any thing to donate.
Thank you.
Busy Writing Letters (posted 28/1/2016)
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We have been busy on the Green Schools Committee.

Here we are drafting up a letter to look for funding for two external bins and a “No Smoking” sign.

Did you know that our school grounds are all designated “No Smoking” zones?

We are hoping to do more work on this in the next few weeks so keep an eye out here and on the school website!

Bye!

Money Raised From Textile Recycling Drive (posted 1/2/2016)
Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to our recent textile recycling drive. We raised €108, which will go towards the cost of purchasing outdoor bins for the school campus as our environmental audit identified litter as being a problem that needs to be addressed on the school grounds.
Battery Recycling (posted 1/2/2016)

The school has sent home small boxes for the collection of old/used batteries, these batteries are then given to Weee Ireland who are raising funds for Lauralynn Children’s Hospice.

The boxes can be returned to the school office.

We thank you in advance for your help in raising funds for this great cause.

Poster Competition! (posted 1/2/2016)

Poster Competition Alert!
We are running a Green Schools Poster Competition. Students are asked to make their own poster on the theme of “Keeping our school clean-it’s everybody’s job!”

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Speak to your teacher or any of the Green Schools Committee for more details on how to enter!

6th Class Litter Pick (posted 4/2/2016)

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On Monday Michael’s 6th class did a litter pick on the school grounds. In 30 minutes they picked up 3 bags full of litter. Litter is an ongoing problem in the school campus, especially at the set-down area. All visitors to the school campus can get involved with helping us to tackle this problem by picking up litter that they see, and putting it in a bin, and refraining from smoking on the school grounds. Thank you!

Results of the Green School’s Poster Competition (posted 11/2/2016)

The judges have met and after much deliberation, they have awarded the following children with certificates in artwork.
5th place-Kate from 6th Class
4th place-Rebeka from 6th Class
3rd place-Krystian from 1st Class
2nd place-Tomaas from Grace’s class
1st place-JUNIORS-Harris from Aoife’s Class
1st place-JUNIORS-Ingrid from Grace’s Class.
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The overall winner was Ingrid from Grace’s class with her colourful, clear and very themed poster on keeping the school clean.
Mikolaj from Kay’s class also made a most inventive and amazing poster, it was 3-D poster and had actual lights. The judges decided it could not be placed as the rules stated it should be on an A4 page. they also would not place entrants who put their names on the front when asked to put them on the back. They were tough judges but very fair and insisted on the logo and images being equally good to feature!
Thanks to all the effort the children put in, we will put some of the posters up around the school. Certs will be presented at assembly this week.
Harris and Ingrid win no homework for the whole class, thank you, Aoife and Grace!
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Green School Flag Inspection Visit (posted 8/3/2016)
We recently had our assessment visit from Ann-Marie Kelly of Laois County Council to determine whether or not we will get our first Green Flag. She had a meeting with our Green School Committee, visited Elaine’s Senior Infants and Kay’s Second class to speak to the children about Green Schools and went to see some of the wonderful work that has gone on to reduce litter and waste in our school e.g. the posters for our recent competition and the three bin system in classrooms. The visit went well and we will find out after Easter whether or not we will be awarded our first flag. Fingers crossed!
Clean Up Laois Week (posted 10/4/2016)
Clean up Laois Week is an annual anti-litter initiative that will take place from the 11th to 15th of April. Each class in the school will be participating in a litter pick in the school campus during the week. Check back here for photos as the week progresses! Why not click on the link below and find out how you can organise your own litter pick for your local area?
Green Flag Award!!! (posted 10/5/2016)
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Today was a very proud moment in the history of PETNS as we received our first ever Green Flag award for reducing litter and waste! We were absolutely thrilled to accept the award at a special award ceremony in Athlone. Well done to all of the committee members, students, staff and parents for all of the hard work and dedication which resulted in our school getting this fantastic award.
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Leave no Trace Workshops (posted 17/5/2017)
Pádraic and Grace’s third classes and Darach’s 4th class participated in the Leave No Trace workshops in Páirc an Phobail on 17th May 2017. The children learned about taking care of the environment and the importance of not littering.
Below are some photos of the children having fun at the workshops.
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Textile Recycling Drive (posted 18/5/17)
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We are currently running a textile recycling drive in the school. If you are doing a clear out, and have any old or unwanted clothing or textiles we would appreciate it if you could put them in a bag and bring them into the school before  the morning of Thursday 29th June 2017. Bags can be left in the foyer outside the main office.

The items that we are collecting are as follows:

Re-wearable clothes

Pairs of shoes

 Belts

Bags

Curtains

Towels

Bed linen

Soft toys

The textiles will be collected by a company called Lenrec http://www.lenrec.ie/recycling-services.html. The textiles will be reused by people in poorer countries.

The school will receive 35cent for every kilo of textiles that is collected. Last year we raised €350 from clothing recycling drives and the money was spent on books for our students on the topic of litter and waste/ Green Schools and to purchase the outdoor bin next to the infant yard. This year we hope to raise enough money to purchase books for the library on the topic of energy conservation which is the aim of the second Green Flag which we will start working towards in September.

We would really appreciate your support with this initiative, so please have a look over the coming weeks to see if you have anything to donate.

Thank you.

Update (posted 6/7/2017)

A huge “Thank You” to everyone who supported our textile recycling drive in June. We raised over €300 which will be spent on books and resources to promote Green Schools in the coming school year.