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Library

 Welcome to the Webpage of the Dominican College Secondary School Library.

Librarian: Mrs Kealy.

Drop Everything and Read - A great week encouraging Literacy where everyone in the school (Staff and students) reads for one class period a day. Books can be borrowed from the Library or brought into school.

We would encourage all staff and students to borrow books the week beforehand.

Planned for 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28th September.

All our 16 IPads are now updated to IOS 7.2 and are available for use in the Library except at lunchtime.

 

Book Reviews:

Book Name Reviewer Date 
The Real Rebecca, by Anna Carey                        Sophia Graham (1.1)                 14/05/12
Charmed Life, by Diana Wynne Jones Sarah Owens (4.4) 01/06/13
 Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott Sarah Owens (4.4) 01/06/13
The Alchemyst, by Michael Scott Sarah Owens (4.4) 01/06/13

The Name of This Book is Secret, by  Pseudonymous Bosch         

Sarah Owens (4.4) 01/06/13

 

Aims of the Library

To support the curriculum and the work of both teachers and students 

To promote reading and researching for pleasure and information both electronically and in hard copy format 

To ensure students learn how to use the library enabling them to become independent researchers

Dominican College’s school library stocks thousands of books, but may not always meet everyone’s needs. In this case, the librarian may encourage and help to search for a publication in a local library. The Dublin City Libraries have websites that can be accessed from any internet site.

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday 08.30 to 15.40 and Friday 08:30 to 13:00 during the school year.
Supervised Study is facilitated for students in the library from Monday to Thursday: 16.00 to 18.10.

Library Resources

World Book Encyclopaedia is available online

Encyclopaedia Brittanica is also available online

Irish Times Archive available Online

Books & Audio Books for loan, fiction and information

Daily Newspaper - Irish Times on display every day

Music Library sound recordings for loan and for listening in the library

Reference Library Dictionaries , Language Dictionaries, Thesaurus...etc

Four desktop computers for project work

Printing facility at 10 cents a page to cover cost of paper and ink 

Journals/Magazines - a selection covering topics of general and school related interest  (History Ireland, BBC History Magazine and National Geographic) are all available and are fully indexed in the catalogue

Library and Information Skills Classes
Library skills are particularly emphasised during 1st Year students’ reading classes when they first enter the school. 

All 1st Year students receive a class talk and demonstration by the librarian on how to use the library and the facilities available.

New members of staff are offered an induction course to the library and its facilities.

Notice board, at entrance to the library, promotes competitions, cultural events and other items of interest. 

What’s New in the Library?
Scrabble, Chess and Draughts at lunchtime with Mr. McGowne.
  Lunchtime is the perfect time for relaxing with friends or just a winding down on a rainy day. 
World Book Encyclopaedia is available online.
Encyclopaedia Brittanica is available online.
Irish Times Online Archive is also available online www.irishtimes.com/archive
• Book Reviews:
Write a book review of your favourite book. Book reviews will be typed up and put on the inside cover of the book for friends and other readers to see. Reviews will also be published on the school website. Just hand in completed reviews (about two paragraphs) to the librarian when returning the book.

Policy for Book Selection for the Library
The library aims to provide a wide range of books, both fiction and non fiction; books that will educate, extend, and entertain the readers and books that view the world from a number of different perspectives through the medium of prose and poetry. A wide range of fiction and non-fiction books are offered. The library caters for an age group (12-19 year olds) that passes through enormous changes; physically, intellectually and emotionally in the years in secondary school. Students are encouraged to read as widely as possible. However some books are only available to more senior students depending on their content. Parents, as the primary educators, are advised to discuss reading matter with their children.

Fiction Collection
The best of modern English language fiction both of a literary and of a more popular nature is considered for purchase. More ‘light weight’ fiction is also included to encourage reluctant readers to read and also to provide entertainment and relaxation.

The selection process takes the following into consideration:
• Reviews in newspapers and journals
• Browsing in book shops and other libraries
• Suggestions from students and staff
• Ensuring that differing reading tastes are catered for
• The collection is balanced between books for the various age groups between literary and more popular books

Individual books are considered using the following criteria:
• Appearance – is it attractive?
• Plot – are the concerns of the book relevant or appropriate to the readers?
• Language – does the language seem genuine for the characters in the book?
• Does the book stimulate readers to ask questions about themselves and the world around them?

Non-fiction Collection
The non-fiction collection in the library serves two purposes
• It supports the curriculum.
• It provides leisure reading – general interest and hobbies.

The selection process takes the following factors into consideration:
• Reviews in newspapers and journal
• Browsing in bookshops and other libraries
• Suggestions from students and staff
• Ensuring that differing reading tastes are catered for in the collection
• The collection caters for the various age groups that use the library
• Identifying gaps in the collection
• Syllabi and teaching guides for individual subject areas

Individual books are considered using the following criteria:
• Appearance – is it attractive?
• Are the illustrations clear and do they support the text?
• Is the level of difficulty appropriate to the age group that it caters for?
• Is the information accurate and up-to-date?
• Is the information easily located – index, table of contents, glossaries etc?

The above criteria for selection of fiction and non-fiction apply both to the new acquisitions, to the present library stock and to any donations made to the library. Donations to the library are very welcome on the clear understanding that they will be treated like any other library material and will be subject to the same selection criteria.
Donations from 6th Year students are particularly welcome as the students enter a new phase of life after school.
All donations are:
• integrated into the library collection
• sold and the proceeds used to buy new stock
• donated to charity or recycled.

Dublin City Libraries at our request are now donating excess fiction and non-fiction books to our library (since 2013). This is an indirect way of accdessing government budget funding and is a very welcome development.

Rules for Internet Use in the Library
Internet use in the school library is for school research purposes only.
• Students must ask a teacher for a note in their journals to allow them to use a computer, even at lunchtime, and explain the purpose of using it
• Students must sign in to the Computer Book at the library desk.
• Printing is permitted at 10 cents a page which pays for paper and ink.
• Users may not alter any settings on the computers.

Library Loan Policy
Standard Loans (14) days
Two books may be borrowed at one time for a two week period. Books may be renewed as long as no one else requires them. Books must be returned to be renewed.

DVDs
DVDs may be borrowed by paying a deposit of €3 euro. They must be returned before 08.40 the next morning and €2 is returned to the borrower.

Reference Material
Reference material can only be used in the library.

Staff
Members of staff may borrow items for a discretionary period agreed with the librarian.

Sanctions and Fines
• Overdue notices are sent out periodically to all the tutors who will remind each student to return her book(s) to the library.
• Unforeseen or unusual circumstances which may have prevented the student returning the book are always taken in to consideration.
• It is the librarian’s utmost mission to preserve the library’s collection. Please always return a book even if it is late.
• We rely on a policy of trust in keeping with the school ethos so we trust library users to bring books back. 

 

Remember never to take a book out of the library without going through the library computerised lending system at the desk.


• 10 cents for each weekday that a book is overdue will be charged.
• As a rule, students are asked to replace the cost of a lost book.
• Individual circumstances are always taken into consideration.
• Students may receive marks in their school journals for having overdue books, particularly if it is a repeated offence.

Library Rules
• Quiet and co-operative behaviour is expected at all times. Noisy/disruptive behaviour is unfair on students who wish to study or read.
• Check out ALL library materials at the desk otherwise they cannot be traced.
• Do not deface any books or furniture in the library.
• Some new games have now been provided in the library for lunchtime use. It is important to remain quiet playing these games out of consideration for other students who are reading or studying nearby.

Looking forward to seeing you all in the library.

Ms. Kealy, Librarian, Dominican College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maths Brain Teasers

Q1 Which of these contain the most triangles and how many?
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Q2 Which is the odd one out and why ?
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Environment Committee 2011/12

Environment Committee 2011/12
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Our Environment Committee is made up of our volunteer committee and our Eco classes. This Year's Eco Class is on rotation so all of our transition year students get an opportunity to be involved. Our volunteer committee will be looking after our long standing recycling projects like the Jack and Jill foundation mobile phone recycling and the WEEE Ireland battery and electrical recycling. Our Eco Classes for the first term are:
Class 4.3 -  Kellie Andrews, Michelle Bourke, Sophie Byrne-O’Driscoll, Hayley Cahill, Niamh Chambers, Carla Cottell, Jane Daly, Claire Delaney, Leanne Dunne, Claire Fallon, Shauna Higgins, Katie Judge, Karen Kane, Jane Keenan, Kate Leen, Aisling Monahan, Sally-Ann Murphy, Lorna O’Brien, Laura O’Neill, Ashley O’Sullivan, Naoise Redmond and Amy Rennie.
Class 4.4 - Caitriona Bregazzi, Iohanna Buga, Sadhbh Candon, Hannah Copeland, Karen Delaney, Orla Dempsey, Patrica Fonda, Aoife Gormley, Rachel Green, Chloe Griffin, Martha Hanely, Siobhan Hind, Eleanor Hulm, Rachel Jones, Caoimhe Lalor, Yasmine McCann, Eleanor Mc Guane, Ciara O’Rourke, Katie Turner, Rebecca Wynn-Walsh, Nicole Reid, Rebecca O’Reily and Michelle Diaz.
Our  volunteer committee (far right) is made up of:
Ellen Mc Kenna (3.3), Zoe Talbot (3.3), Clodagh Hunt-Sheridan (3.3), Caoimhe Laird Phelan (4.2), Zoe Campbell (5.4), Karen McCord (5.4), Niamh Staunton (2.2), Laoise Murtagh (2.2), Olivia Sneyd (6.3), Emily Lawlor (1.2) and Ciara Connolly (1.1).

Volunteer Committee 2010/11: Susan Clinton, Christie Toni, Caitriona Bergazzi,  Aine O’Donohoe.
4.3 Eco Class 2010/2011: Katie Bradshaw, Maeve Curran, Grace Daly, Rachel Dooley, Ava Dwyer, Emily Fahey, Caoimhe Fahy Turner, Chloe Farrell, Ciara Fitzroy, Aisling Flynn, Aoife Horan, Niamh Keogh, Maria lawlor, Lorna McDonnell, Sarah Monaghan, Brianna O’Brien, Jennifer Purdy, Chloe Richards, Niamh Ruane, Catherine Small, Aisling Smyth.
4.4 Eco Class 2010/2011: Rebecca Behan, Naimh Boylan, Mollie Bruton, Lauren Burke, Zoe Campbell, Ciara Dawson, Rachel Dunne, Hannah Finn, Leah Flynn, Orla Gartland, Roberta Guspari-McGurik, Lauren Gibson, Kiera Lynch, Karen McCord, Rebecca McManus, Alison O’Flaherty, Lisa Oliver, Juile Quirke, Laura Reck, Aisling Reid, Orla Scully, Michelle Grange.
Environment Committee 2009/2010
Laura Booth, Rebecca Beggs-Finnegan, Mary Brady, Sinéad Bergin, Aidene Browne, Jenny Boylan, Katie Coffey, Heather Browne, Orla Conroy, Aoife Courtney, Eimear Duff, Rebecca Dunne, Lauren Dunne, Aisling Freir, Hazel Egan, Jessica Gunnoo, Jennifer Gormely, Aideen Hughes, Rebecca Hanely, Kerstin Jenkinson, Chloe kidd, Aoife Mcloughlin, Rebecca Kinsella, Lorna Meleady, Caolan Lynch- Cartoll, Rachel O’Beirne, Paula Mahon, Ciara O’Brien, Rebecca McKeon, Katie O’Shea, Rebecca McMullan, Saoirse Redmond, Amy McQuaid, Aoife Seery, Nicola Moore, Laura Sewell, Caoimhe O’Connor, Olivia Sneyd, Heather O’Donoghue, Sinéad Toal, Katie Pringle, Cayeleen Tracey-Fox, Hannah Raffferty, Laura White and Melanie McCabe

These students are from class 4.3 and 4.4, they have an Eco class once a week, where they are asigned different tasks to do with the environment. Both groups will be submitting entries for the YEA, the Young Environmentalist Award.
The groups will also be responsible for the school garden and will be growing vegetables in the second term.

The above students meet every Tuesday at 1pm in Art Room 1.  They discusss environmental issues and come up with ways to promote environmental awareness in our school.  They also help to organise campaigns like our recylcing raffle which took place in December of 2008.
The Transition year students, as a group, have also undertaken to grow a vegetable garden in the school grounds as part of the Young Environmentalist competition.  This involves coming to school at 8o’clock in the morning to plant, dig and weed the garden.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Our volunteer committee:
Susan Clinton  4.1,
Maria Corrigan 4.1, 4.4, Caoimhe Shiel 4.2, Jessica Furey   4.1
Amy-kate Byrne 4.1, Christe Toney 1.4,
Roisin Corrigan 4.5, Aine O’Donoghue 1.4, Caitriona Bregazzi 1.4, Jennifer Doyle 4.1

Green Flag

 

Action Plan 2010/11

Aims

This year the main aim is to maintain our energy flag and to begin work on our third flag, water. Also we would like to continue with our other environmental commitments. The school initially had a post of responsibility linked to the environment but with the budget cut backs this position was lost. At the beginning of this year Ms. Sinead O'Reilly was appointed the Environment officer. In October 2010 Ms. O'Reilly went on maternity leave. The Eco Class in transition year, continued to do the work of the environment committee, these students have the job of creating a more environmentally aware school through continued class work and projects.


Objectives

To begin work on a rundown area of our school and to work with a n outside group called friends of the forest, who will help us to plant a bio diverse garden to help us to understand the importance of biodiversity, particularly when living in a city.

To hold a day of action in our school as the first step in getting our next green schools flag.

To begin a project which will continue on into next year that will promote water conservation in our wider community as well as in our school.




September 2009





Set up Eco Class and the Environment Committee.

Due to the changes in our system the eco class will be given on rotation. Group one will work on the biodiversity garden. They will be working with Ms. Roche and with the Friends of the Forrest group until the 30th of November.Three days a week the group will go out weed and plant and garden. The area we picked is behind the gym and is very run down. There is a container there used for storage for the school and it has been lit on fire a few times. We would like to the girls to clean it up and paint the sides of the container to improve our environment, this project will then be entered into the YEA competition.





Class 4.3

Ms. Roche

Ms. O'Reilly

Friends of the Forest

The students began work by clearing the area nearest the gym but we were told a few weeks into this work that, that area would be where the new gym extension would be going. We moved our planned bio diverse gardens over to the other side of the container.







October 2010

  • Continue to work on the Bio Diverse garden and get the container painted.
  • Order plants on line.


Class 4.3

Ms. Roche

Ms. O'Reilly

Friends of the Forest

The students painted the outside of the container.  They planned their own gardens and went on line to www.gardens4u.ie                                                         and ordered the flowers and trees that they wanted. Each group had €50 to spend.

November 2010

  • Plant and complete the Bio diverse garden.
  • Take photos and write up report for YEA and register for YEA.

Class 4.3

Ms. Roche

Friends of the Forest

The group planted the trees shrubs and bulbs that they had ordered.

They wrote up their projects.

The third environmental group took over the maintenance of these gardens in February.


December 2010

  • Set up new environmental group.
  • Explain our second objective; to hold a day of action.
  • Set about assigning different tasks to smaller committees with in the group.
  • Decide when our day of action is to be held. Register the group project for YEA
  • Conduct a survey of the students to measure how water conscious they are. Re do this survey in next year to measure how much difference our work has done

Class 4.4

Ms. Roche

BOM Mr. Curry

Parents Council Representative




January 2011

Organise and promote all the different activities that will be held on Splash Day

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Battery Bake Sale
  • Water quiz with fish badge prize
  • Plot and display results of the survey

Class 4.4

Ms. Roche

BOM Mr. Curry

Parents Council Representative




A lot of the hard work was completed in January. The students made the badges out of air drying fimo. This was a bad choice as they fell apart too easily.

February 2011

  • Hold Our day of action " Splash Day" on February 3rd 2011
  • Have projects ready for the YEA and post all projects.

Class 4.4

Ms. Roche

BOM Mr. Curry

Parents Council Representative




Splash day was a great success. Every student in the school was allowed to attend, the cake sale was very popular and we collected three large boxes of batteries for recycling. The water song was also very popular. Both  projects were copied and posted.

March 2011

  • Set up third and final environmental group.
  • Introduce the final project title
  • Begin preparations for writing and filming cartoon.
  • Continue to maintain school garden and Bio diverse garden.

Class 4.5

Ms. Roche

BOM Mr. Curry

Parents Council Representative



A story line was decided on for our cartoon and the students began writing out a script.

One day a week the students went out gardening

April 2011

  • Prepare for the Eco Den for the YEA competition
  • Begin Filming cartoon
  • Continue work on cartoon

Class 4.5

Ms. Roche

BOM Mr. Curry

Parents Council Representative



We were successful at the eco den and both our projects were selected to go forward in the competition.

We began filming it was much slower than we had thought it would be and we began to realise that it would not be finished by the end of the year.

May 2011

  • Attend the YEA awards at Mansion House.
  • Continue work on cartoon

Class 4.5

Ms. Roche

BOM Mr. Curry

Parents Council Representative



The groups won Highly commended for their efforts in the YEA awards.

We did as much as we could on the cartoon and hope to continue it nest year.







Action Plan 2009/2010

Aims

This year the main aim is to achieve our energy flag and also to continue with our other environmental commitments.  The school initially had a post of responsibility linked to the environment but, with the budget cut backs, this position was lost.  The school then set up an Eco Studies class in transition year; these students have the job of creating a more environmentally aware school through continued class work and hands-on projects and campaigns.

Month
Action
Group
Outcome
Aug 2009
Application for DES Energy conservation grant submitted

Principal and BoM
Awaiting response
September 2009

Set up Eco Class and the Environment Committee.
Assign each group with a task that they will look after for the year.

Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BoM Mr. Curry
Parent Representative

Begin Phone Recycling for Jack and Jill foundation.

Aisling Frier
Lorna Melleady
Aoife McLaughlin
Rebecca Dunne

To date the group has collected 300 phones.

Turn all the recycling bins into frogs

Heather O’Donoghue
Amy McQuaid
Laura White
Jennifer Gormley

Frog bins are now in place but do need maintenance.

Do a survey on who walks to school and present the results on eco day.

Lauren Dunne
Rebecca Kinsella
Katie Coffey
Eimear Duff

The survey was taken and the group is promoting walking to school so that they can conserve energy.

Conservation of energy in school group

Chloe Kidd
Nicola Moore
Rebecca Hanley
Orla Conroy Katie Pringle
Hazel Egan

This group have been putting up posters and highlighting the lights to conserve energy.

Carbon foot print
Group, calculate an average school footprint and try to reduce this figure over the year.

Aoife Courtney
Aoife Daly
Aideen Hughes
Kirsten Jenkinson
Laura Sewell

On Eco Day every student calculated their own carbon footprint count. Now they must redo the survey to prove they school has reduced its average carbon footprint number
Battery Recycling, promoting awareness of battery recycling in the school and in the community.

Olivia Snyed
Cayleen Tracy Fox
Saoirse Redmond
Jenny Boylan
Rachel O’Beirne

They had a speaker in from WEEE Ireland who spoke about the need to do electrical recycling; he provided the school with 2 bins for 2 weeks to recycle all our electrical waste. The group took on the project to promote battery recycling.
Growing a school garden

Sinéad Bergin
Sinéad Toal
Jessica Gunno
Katie O’Shea

The group needed money so that they could buy seeds. They decided to do a stand on eco day where they would sell bags of sweets with an environmental fact attached. They made €50.
Recycling Awareness
Calculating amounts of recycling each week

Rebecca Beggs
Heather Browne
Ciara O’Brien
Aoife Seery

Made a power point presentation on recycling, presented it on eco day. Began taking a record of recycling and bins in the school.
Energy awareness through games and fun

Rebecca McMullan
Caolan Lynch Carroll
Rebecca McKeon
Mary Brady
Hannah Rafferty
They made the game and got the whole school to play. Now they are making a more robust model
Recycling Game, to promote recycling in a memorable and fun way
Laura Booth
Aidene Browne
Caoimhe O’Connor
Paula Mahon
The group made a feed the animal game and each student got a chance to play the game during Eco Day.
Summer Works application for double glazed windows submitted
Principal and BoM
Awaiting word
October 2009
Eco Day

Hold an environmental awareness day that will inform students of our plans to achieve the green flag

Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BoM Mr. Curry
Parent Representative

Eco Day was a great success; we had two power point presentations and a guest speaker from the Jack and Jill association. Every student in the school took part in Eco Day.
November 2009
Write up reports on Eco Day and publish the results on the internet.

Class 4.3 and 4.4
The groups wrote individual reports on Eco Day.

The students appeared in the Northside News paper, as a result of Eco Day.
Prepare for the second energy audit and ensure that we have our heat and light
monitors who will actively encourage students to turn off the lights and keep the doors closed in all class rooms and on the corridors

Prepare applications for the YEA

December 2009

Conduct second energy audit.

Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BoM Mr. Curry
Parent Rep

Energy Audit deferred

Continue Recycling and start recording amounts of recycling produced, make a wall of shame and hopefully the numbers of students recycling will have improved as a result of our Eco Day.

Begin to dig the garden and loosen the soil.

Garden dug in February due to weather conditions
January 2010
Compile the results of the second energy audit, present them as bar charts and publish them around the school.

Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BoM Mr. Curry
Parent Rep

Energy audit results deferred until March

Continue to dig and prepare the soil for growing vegetables in the school garden. Buy the potatoes and other vegetables and the leave the potatoes to chitt.

Prepare projects for YEA

Work continued on all YEA projects

February 2010

Continue with all or our initiatives and promote recycling in the school.

Ms. Roche, Ms. Quinn, Damien Delaney, Sinead Bergin, Sinead Toale, Jessica Gunno,

Plant potatoes, carrots, onions and year round lettuce

The group have dug and weeded the garden. They bought seeds using the money they made on Eco Day they planted the potatoes.

Have projects ready for the YEA and post all projects
Eco class and Ms. Roche
All projects copied and posted.
March 2010

Continue recycling and hold the Easter raffle for mobile phone recycling.
Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM rep
Parent rep

Raffle underway

Continue to weed and care for the vegetable patch.

Work on YEA projects and have presentations ready for after Easter.

Carry out radiator audit
Volunteer comm.

Damien Delaney organized that a number of broken radiators were fixed.

Carry out tap audit.

Volunteer comm.

Damien Delaney fixed a number of leaking taps.

Use Seachtain na Gaeilge as an opportunity to promote environmental issues as Gaeilge.

1st Yr classes with their Irish teachers

Poster campaign as Gaeilge underway.

Green Flag lesson for every class in the school.

Ms. Grogan
(contributions from Ms. Roche and volunteer comm.)

Students showed considerable awareness before the lesson of many of the campaigns and projects.  Lesson provided a reminder about the Green Flag process and environmental issues.
Energy Audit
Whole School

Results were compiled and displayed on the environmental noticeboard and school website.

Radiator reflective foil for added insulation

Principal and BoM

Foil installation completed
***March 22nd ***

Green Flag renewal inspection

All staff and students

Pre-Easter Whole School Clean-up
All staff and students

April 2010

Promote more walking/ cycling to school summer season.

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Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
Ms. Grogan
BoM Mr. Curry
Parent Representative

Continue to weed the garden and water if necessary

Promote recycling batteries for the final term

May 2010
Present projects for the YEA

Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
Ms. Grogan
BoM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative

Begin to harvest first potatoes and lettuce and spring onions.

Finish school year with big clean up and recycling drive.

Pre-Summer Whole School clean-up
All staff and students

Summer 2010

Insulate Attic and Walls

Install double glazed windows, if grant approved
Principal and BoM

Principal and BoM
(Summer Works)


The Environmental Audit

         Last term, the Environmental Committee began an Environmental Audit in our school. This is part of our work to obtain a new Green Schools Flag in the coming months. The Environmental Audit is a review of the use of energy in the school.
         Each class was appointed a heat monitor and a light monitor. Three times a day for a number of weeks, the light monitor filled out forms with regards how many bulbs were on, general weather report etc. The heat monitor also filled out forms three times a day. Every room in the school was given a thermometer and the heat monitor wrote down room temperature, whether or not doors and windows were open etc.
         The Environmental committee then typed up the information and created bar charts showing our results.This will give us a good basis for beginning our energy reducing process in the school.
         The Environmental Committee is already yielding good results and hopefully this work will get Dominicans closer to obtaining a new Green Schools Flag.

Energy Audit results 2009


Green flag

The School won the first green flag in 2007. That green flag was for recycling. Now we need to retain our green flag by reducing the amount of energy we use and also by recycling.

It is easy being green.

It’s just a matter of putting things in the right bin. With just a little combined effort our school will benefit a lot from this flag, as the County Council will collect our bins for free. This means the school can use the money for other things e.g. better facilities for sports or more technology for classrooms.To continue our campaign we need to have a day of action.

Eco Day Monday the 19th of October
Our day of Action is being held on October the 19th 2009, we are holding an Eco day in the main school hall. Our environmental committee are organising this day with the help of the whole school. Each class is going to go to the hall on the day, they are going to be presented with a power point presentation on the Green flag, the seven steps that are laid out in order to achieve it and what we as a school intend to do so that we may keep our green flag. After the presentation the students may go around the hall where the committee will have stalls set up promoting energy conservation, recycling and environmental awarness through games and fun activities. The students decided this because it would be a fun and interesting way to get involved and to learn more about the environment.


Environment News

 

Green Schools 2012/13 - Action Plan 2012/13

Aims

Our environmental aim in 2012/13 is to begin the application for the Green Flag for transport.  In previous years the school had a dedicated ‘Eco class’.  However, this is no longer timetabled so the committee will be run by a voluntary group of students in conjunction with a sixth year student who is our assigned Environmental prefect.

Objectives

To get a whole school involvement in our environmental projects so that students may learn about the environment in a fun and entertaining way, to avoid long lecturing types of education and to engage in more fun and interaction.

  • To hold an environmental day, in the Spring, to promote COW and WOW and other transport initiatives.
  • To maintain and develop previous projects that the school has already begun.

Action Plan 2012/13

September/October 2012

  • Set up Environment Committee.   Divide each class into groups. A sign each group with a task that they will   look after for the year.
  • Introduce Environment Prefect to volunteer committee and assign a task to this committee. The volunteer committee will come with ideas on how to introduce and promote the idea of cycling and   walking to our general school community.
  • Organise fundraisers to   promote and support our work in the school for the coming year.
  • Speak to Parents’ Committee   re possible involvement with and support for initiatives.
  • Update our school website and   update our school notice board with our school plan.
  • Write and print our once a term newsletter
  • Conduct Surveys throughout school to ascertain students attitudes towards and current habits cycling and/or walking to school.
  • Hold poster competition for junior classes regarding a school logo for COW and WOW (liaise with CSPE teachers regarding   this).
  • Update the school website on   our plans for the coming months.

Ms. Holohan

Ms. Roche

BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

Parents Council   Representative: Ms. Niamh Ni Liathain

Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

Voluntary Environmental Committee: 2   students from each year group.

Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

 

November 2012

  • Submit article for publication in school newsletter
  • Work with committee to make posters to publicise ‘cycling/walking to school in new year’
  • Come up with ideas/suggestions for competitions/incentives to encourage students to walk/cycle to school in new year
  • Book cycle skills workshop   for first year students
  • Have fundraising bake sale   during parent-teacher meeting
  • Collate information gathered   from surveys
  • Decide on routes for cycleability audit, print out from google maps
  • Research cycle safety statistics and facts
  • Order high visibility vests, bags & leaflets from the RSA
  1. Launch awareness campaign   regarding clothes recycling (contact all parents via text and letter, speak   to Parents’ Association,  organize TYs to   visit classrooms to speak to students)

Ms. Holohan

Ms. Roche

BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

Parents Council   Representative: Ms. Niamh Ni Liathain

Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

 

December 2012

  • Carry out ‘cycleability audit’
  • Organise ‘teacher vs. student’ 30km fun cycle race for first week of January
  • Finalise design of ‘student   loyalty cards’ for cycling
  • Contact parents regarding   cycle skills training
  • Organise stand for the Open   Evening on December 06th – display survey results and posters
  1. 08th December – open school  on Saturday morning to facilitate parents dropping off recycling to school
  2. 13th December – Lenrec Recycling to visit school to collect donated recycling material

Ms. Holohan

Ms. Roche

BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty Parents Council   Representative: Ms. Niamh Ni Liathain

Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

 

January/Feb 2013

  • Work with Committee to plan   launch of COW & WOW on February 27th (revised to March 20th)
  • Display posters made in December on Environmental notice board
  • Organise printing of ‘student loyalty cards’ for cycling
  • Research free Apps for   pedometers (in conjunction with Mini Company selling armbands for iphones)
  • Open cycle skills training to 2nd and 4th year students (contact parents via letter)

Work with TYs to organize presentation of climate change workshop to whole school community

*** Start of ‘Dr. Bike’ –   six week cycling safety training programme for 1st & 2nd   year students

Ms. Holohan

Ms. Roche

BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

Parents Council   Representative: Ms. Niamh Ni Liathain

Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

 

March 2013

Eco Day – 20th   March 2013

Activities include:

 *Pedometer routes marked out in grounds

* Carbon Calculator Apps  

* ‘Feet Aware’ treasure   hunt

* Climate Change   presentation

* Launch of ‘Loyalty   Card’ cycling scheme

* Eco entertainment –   Safe Cross Code Song, Lyrics competition

* ‘Where’s Wally?’ bike   activity

* Transport themed music

*  ‘Breakfast for cyclists’

* Raffles of donated   helmets, lights and reflective jackets

* Face painting – Eco   themed

** All of the above arranged by Class 4.4   and the Environmental Committee

  •   Continuation of Cycling   Safety Training for 1st & 2nd year students who have   signed up.

Ms. Holohan

Ms. Roche

BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

Parents Council   Representative: Ms. Niamh Ni Liathain

Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

 

April 2013

  • Cycling Loyalty Card –   encouraging students to cycle to school seven times between Easter & the   summer
  • Arrange joint cycle with St.   Aidan’s  ***postponed to September
  • Speak to student council   regarding Eco Day feedback
  • Arrange 2nd &   4th Year students to take part in the Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of NDSPCA (joint Environmental/Animal Welfare initiative.
  • Liaise with ‘One Million Trees in a Day’ project coordinator regarding delivery of trees to school for planting.    (*Funding difficulties with this project experienced nationally so   delays in original dates set.  Awaiting   confirmation of new delivery dates)

Ms. Holohan

Ms. Roche

BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

Parents Council   Representative: Ms. Niamh Ni Liathain

Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

 

May 2013

  • Write article for submission   to school newsletter
  • Update school website with   photos and articles on Eco Day activities from the last term
  • Complete surveys with   students to evaluate year’s work

Ms. Holohan

Ms. Roche

BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

Parents Council   Representative: Ms. Niamh Ni Liathain

Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

 

 

Eco Day 2013

On Wednesday 20th March the Environmental Committee, class 4.4 and Ms. Holohan
held our annual 'Eco Day'.  Our emphasis this year was on encouraging students to walk or cycle to school. It was a busy and fun day for all involved.  We started out with a 'breakfast for cyclists'. Over fifty students, all of whom had signed up beforehand, arrived at school, windswept and happy, helmets in hand, to be greeted by pain au chocolat, orange juice and an assortment of other delicious food. Ms. Kealy kindly lent us her full support and this event took place in the congenial and welcoming atmosphere of our school library.

Meanwhile, our voluntary Environmental Committee visited every class in the school to paint 'eco stripes' on the faces of our students - green if you walked, white if you cycled, red if you got the bus or car. We had some very colourful students in our midst for the remainder ofthe day!

By 9.20am we were ready and set up in the hall for the first of our year groups to visit us for powerpoint presentations on climate change, eco 'carbon footprint' calculators, a 'Where's Wally's Bike?'game and an eco treasure hunt amongst other activities.  This was all done to the soundtrack of transport themed songs.

Our 'Green Schools' liaison officer, Aine O'Loughlen, came to visit us and most generously donated lots of helmets and bicycle locks and lights for our raffle.  It was a most welcome and very kind donation and approximately twenty five of our students went home with new safety kit for their bikes because of it.

The launch of our 'Dominican College' cycling loyalty card' took place during the day
also.  Any student who signed up to the scheme received a laminated card with seven empty boxes. A box is stamped every day a student cycles to school.  The reward for a completed card is one day homework free. This was a most popular part of our day!!

A fun time was had by all, organisers and participants alike.  However, the very serious theme of trying to help and improve our environment was the emphasis of the day and we would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all the students and staff who helped to make all the events a great success.

Here are some of the powerpoints used on the day. Please also check out the Gallery.

Welcome     Introduction     Carbon Footprint  

Clothes Recycling - 13th December 2012

In the fall of the year the school received a letter from Lenrec Recycling – a Munster based company who travel to schools all around the country to collect old fabric for recycling.  For every 10kg bag of clothes/fabric collected the school would be paid €5.50. The Environmental Committee decided to take up the challenge of gathering and collecting as much as we could so throughout November through to early December every effort was made to encourage students (and staff!) to 'clear out the attic' and donate as much as they could to the collection.

TY students visited every classroom in the school (twice!); posters were made and displayed around the school building; text messages were sent to parents and leaflets distributed to every family in the school.   We even opened the school on a frostySaturday morning in early December to facilitate parents dropping off bags of
recycling that they were kindly donating. On the final week of the collection our principal, Ms. Butler, laid down the gauntlet challenging students to 'fill her office with bags of recycling!'

Well, on Thursday 13th December, Lenrec Recycling arrived at our school to collect and weigh all the bags that we had tirelessly collected over theprevious weeks.  Students and staff had donated over 1,000kg of clothes and
fabric raising a total of €555 for the school.

Well done to all involved!

 

Cycleability Audit - Dec 2012

In early December Áine O'Loughlin from An Taisce joined up with Ms. Holohan and five members of our Environmental Group to complete a 'cycleability audit'.  What does that mean? 

Well, the environmental committee mapped out some routes that students may be likely to use for cycling to school; then we all donned our safety equipment (helmets, reflective vests, lights front and back on our bikes) and headed off on a frosty winter afternoon to cycle the routes and see for ourselves how suitable they would be for cycling and to spot any hazards or difficulties that they may present.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that much of our route (Ballymun Road, Collins Avenue and the Swords Road) has a cycle lane and those parts that don't have nice wide lanes so that there is plenty of room for bikes
and cars.

It was a really enjoyable afternoon (albeit very cold!) and we arrived back to school at 3.40pm with glowing cheeks and toasty toes from all the exercise.  Check out our route on google maps at https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=205081802376533943961.0004cfa28209ac6de844d&msa=0&ll=53.383994,-6.248045&spn=0.021117,0.055747

Will you join us and cycle in the new year?

Almost home1 350x262    Environmental Committee almost ready1 350x262 
Griffith Avenue1 350x262   The final line up1 350x262
     

06th December 2012 – Incoming Students Evening

The students from the Environmental Committee put a huge amount of work into preparing a fantastic stand for the visit of next years incoming First Years.  As soon as the bell went to signal the end of the school day the Committee dashed to the hall to get preparation underway. Reflective vests were issued to all and posters that had been worked on for weeks on issues such as recycling, tree planting and cycling and walking to
school were pinned up creatively and to great effect on our display boards.

Elaine Good from TY very kindly spent most of her evening sitting on her bike, fully kitted out in vest and helmet to help us promote safe cycling.  Our stand invited lots of enquiries from curious students and parents and we hope that there were some budding future members of our committee in attendance during the
evening.

A great success all round, thanks to the work of the Environmental Committee students.

A2 Cycle Survey Results1 350x262    A3 Hard at work preparing for the day1 350x262 
A5 Ready to work1 350x262   A8 Working hard1 350x262
     

 

Green Schools 2012/13 - Action Plan 2012/13

Aims

Our environmental aim in 2012/13 is to begin the application for the Green Flag for transport.  In previous years the school had a dedicated 'Eco class'.  However, this is no longer timetabled so the committee will be run by a voluntary group of students in conjunction with a sixth year student who is our assigned Environmental prefect.

Objectives

To get a whole school involvement in our environmental projects so that students may learn about the environment in a fun and entertaining way, to avoid long lecturing types of education and to engage in more fun and interaction.

  • To hold an environmental day, in the Spring, to promote COW and WOW and other transport initiatives.
  • To maintain and develop previous projects that the school has already begun.

Aims 2012/2013

    • September/October 2012

       

       

       

       

      • Set up Environment Committee.  
      • Divide each class into groups. Assign each group with a task that they will look after for the year.
      • Introduce Environment Prefect to volunteer committee and assign a task to this committee.
      • The volunteer committee will come with ideas on how to introduce and promote the idea of cycling and walking to our general school community.
      • Organise fundraisers to promote and support our work in the school for the coming year.
      • Speak to Parents’ Committee  re possible involvement with and support for initiatives.
      • Update our school website and update our school notice board with our school plan.
      • Write and print our once a term newsletter
        • Conduct Surveys throughout school to ascertain students attitudes towards and current habits cycling   and/or walking to school.
        • Hold poster competition for junior classes regarding a school logo for COW and WOW (liaise with CSPE teachers regarding this.
        • Update the school website on our plans for the coming months.

      Ms. Holohan

      Ms. Roche

      BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

      Parents Council Representative: Ms. Niamh   Ni Liathain

      Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

      Voluntary Environmental Committee: 2   students from each year group.

       

      Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

      November 2012

      • Submit article for publication in school newsletter
      • Work with committee to make posters to publicise ‘cycling/walking to school in new year’
      • Come up with ideas/suggestions for competitions/incentives to encourage students to walk/cycle to school in new year
      • Book cycle skills workshop for first year students
      • Have fundraising bake sale during parent-teacher meeting
      • Collate information gathered from surveys
      • Decide on routes for cycleability audit, print out from google maps
      • Research cycle safety statistics and facts
      • Order high visibility vests, bags & leaflets from the RSA

      Launch awareness regarding clothes recycling (contact all parents via text and letter, speak to Parents’ Association, organize TYs to visit classrooms to speak to students)

      Ms. Holohan

      Ms. Roche

      BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

      Parents Council Representative: Ms. Niamh   Ni Liathain

      Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

      Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

      Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

       

       

      December 2012

      Carry out ‘cycleability audit’

      • Organise ‘teacher V's. student’ 30km fun cycle race for first week of January
      • Finalise design of ‘student loyalty cards’ for cycling
      • Contact parents regarding cycle skills training
      • Organise stand for the Open Evening on December 06th – display survey results and posters

      08th December – open on Saturday morning to facilitate parents dropping off recycling to school

      1. 13th December – Lenrec Recycling to visit schoolcollect donated recycling material

       

      Ms. Holohan

      Ms. Roche

      BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty Parents Council   Representative: Ms. Niamh Ni Liathain

      Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

      Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

      Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

      January 2013

      • Work with Committee to plan launch of COW & WOW on February 27th
      • Display posters made in December on Environmental notice board
      • Organise printing of ‘student loyalty cards’ for cycling
      • Research free Apps for pedometers (in conjunction with Mini Company selling armbands for iphones)
      • Open cycle skills training to 2nd and 4th year students (contact parents via letter)
      • Work with TYs to organize presentation of climate change workshop to whole school community

      Ms. Holohan

      Ms. Roche

      BOM: Mr. Mick Moriarty

      Parents Council Representative: Ms. Niamh   Ni Liathain

      Environment Prefect: Karen McCord

      Voluntary Environmental Committee:   Approximately 40 students from across all years

      Auxiliary Staff: Damien Dempsey

      February 2013

       

       

      March 2013

       

       

      April 2013

       

       

      May 2013

       

       

  • September 2011 
    We at Dominican College have been doing a number of things over the years to achieve all of the green flags. We have successfully received two green flags. We are trying to achieve our third flag which involves water. Part of our plan to achieve the final flag involves saving water. So we have decided to keep you updated every month on what we are doing to achieving the third green flag.

 

Action Plan 2011/2012
Aims
Our environmental aim in 2011/12 is to maintain the Green Flag. This will be our third flag and as of last year’s aim we will be focusing on water but not forgetting energy and recycling. Last year the environmental committee began working on the water flag by holding a whole school survey, by having a water awareness day and by beginning a water awareness cartoon. In previous years the school had a dedicated post of responsibility to the environment but due to budget cut backs this position was removed. The environmental class is still in operation and we as a school have found it very effective in helping to achieve our goals as a green school. This committee runs in conjunction with the volunteer committee. We have had a new introduction this year of an environmental prefect this student will run the volunteer committee.

 

Objectives
·         To get a whole school involvement in our environmental projects so that students may learn about the environment in a fun and entertaining way, to avoid long lecturing types of education and to engage in more fun and interaction.
·         To hold an environmental week, during December, to promote water conservation.
·         To maintain and develop previous projects that the school has already begun.

 

 

Action Plan 2011/12

 

 

September 2011

 

 

 

 

·         Set up Eco Class and the Environment Committee. This year we have two double classes devoted to Eco-Studies. The students do the subject on rotation so all Transition years will be involved at some stage during the year.
·         Divide each class into groups. A sign each group with a task that they will look after for the year.
·         Continue work on cartoon from last year’s group our aim is to have this completed by the October break and to show the cartoon to the local primary schools by the class change over at the end of November.
·         Introduce Environment Prefect, set up volunteer committee and assign a task to this committee.
·         The volunteer committee will take on recycling in the school and specifically Jack and Jill foundation.
·         Monitor and evaluate our progress from last year by doing a survey on water awareness compare results with last years. And plot results and show them on water day.
·         Raise money for water butts for watering plants and gardens around the school, by holding a bake sale. Extend water day to water week this year, and hold the bake sale during this week.
·         Contact primary schools in the area and see can we visit them and give them a PowerPoint presentation and show them our cartoon and to teach them more about water conservation.
·         Make class set of rain drop costumes, write an environmental song and teach the rain drops a dance. So that we can teach through entertainment the benefits of water conservation.
·         Set up projects for entry in to YEA our two projects will be dancing raindrops and the cartoon.
·         Update our school website and update our school notice board with our school plan.
·         Find our school water meter and begin to record how much water the school uses each week.
·         Organise H20 day we propose December 6th but need further confirmation
·         Write and print our once monthly newsletter
·         Organise water bucket game to get the whole school involved on and before H20 day.
·         Make power point presentations for primary school and for H20 day.
Class 4.4 and Class 4.3, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2011
·         Finish filming and editing cartoon.
·         Conduct survey
·         Hold poster competition for junior classes on water conservation in conjunction with CSPE and the topic stewardship.
·         Continue planning and preparing for H20day.
·         Continue to update the school website by writing an article for each month detailing our plans.

 

Class 4.4 and Class 4.3, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

 

November 2011
·         Begin going to primary schools, hold our environmental talks and show completed cartoon.
·         Have Dancing raindrop song ready for H20 day
·         Get applications  ready for YEA
·         Continue to update the school website by writing an article for each month detailing our plans.

 

Class 4.4 and Class 4.3, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

 

December 2011
·         Hold our H20day on December 6th
·         Have our cake sale for raising money for water butts.
·         Display results of second survey
·         Display results of water monitoring hopefully we will have reduced the amount of water being wasted by creating awareness.
·         Show our cartoon
·         Have our dancing and singing rain drops perform
·         Inspection for the adjudication of the Green flag?
·         Begin with new group for Eco-studies assign new projects and maintain and monitor continuing projects.
·          Continue to update the school website by writing an article for each month detailing our plans.
·         Continue writing and compiling YEA projects

 

 

 

Class 4.4 and Class 4.2, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

 

January 2012
·         Begin with new group for Eco-studies assign new projects and maintain and monitor continuing projects.
·          Continue to update the school website by writing an article for each month detailing our plans.
·         Continue writing and compiling YEA projects

 

 

Class 4.5 and Class 4.2, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

 

February 2012
·         Begin again with second Eco-Studies rotation group.
·         Begin working on and maintaining both gardens our school vegetable patch and our Bio-diverse garden, plant a selection of vegetables and weed and clear up bio-diverse garden.
·         Hang out and maintain bird feeders.
·         Continue to record water meter usage
·         Continue to update the school website by writing an article for each month detailing our plans.

 

Class 4.5 and Class 4.2, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

March 2012
·         Begin with third and final group for Eco-Studies.
·         Assign projects for them to continue working on, introduce our next topic which will be transport.
·         Continue recycling and hold an Easter raffle.
·         Continue to weed and care for the vegetable patch.
·         Work on YEA projects and have presentations ready for the Eco Dens held in early April.
·         Continue to update the school website by writing an article for each month detailing our plans.

 

Class 4.5 and Class 4.2, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

 

April 2012
·         Continue to weed and care for the vegetable patch.
·         Work on YEA projects and have presentations ready for the Eco Dens held in early April.
·         Continue to update the school website by writing an article for each month detailing our plans.

 

Class 4.5 and Class 4.1, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

 

May 2010
·         Present projects for the YEA
·         Begin to harvest first potatoes and lettuce and spring onions.
·         Finish school year with big clean up and recycling drive.
Class 4.5 and Class 4.1, Ms. Roche, Ms. Holohan
BOM: Joe Curry
Parents Council Representative
Environment Prefect: Olivia Sneyd
and year volunteers from each year group

 

 

 

 

September 2009

Here is a copy of our green schools action plan for the next year. This plan was made with the help of class 4.3 and 4.4 along with Ms. Roche and Mr. Curry. The last section of the grid will be filled in as the year progresses keeping the whole school informed with our success. 

Green Flag Action Plan 2009/2010

September 2009




Set up Eco Class and the Environment Committee.
A sign Each group with a task that they will look after for the year.
Begin Phone Recycling for Jack and Jill foundation
Turn all the recycling bins into frogs. This group will also record the amount of bins that we put out we hope to reduce this number through recycling.
Do a survey on who walks to school and present the results on eco day. 
Conservation of energy in school group this group will promote ways of reducing the amount of energy that we use.

Carbon foot print group, calculate an average school carbon number and try to reduce this figure over the year.


Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative









October 2009
Eco day
Hold an environmental awareness day that will inform students of our plans to achieve the green flag

Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative



November 2009
Write up reports on Eco day and publish the results on the internet.
Prepare for the second energy audit and ensure that we have our heat and light
monitors who will actively encourage students to turn off the lights and keep the doors closed in all class rooms and on the corridors
Prepare applications for the YEA


December 2009
Conduct second energy audit.
Continue Recycling and start recording amounts of recycling produced, make a wall of shame and hopefully the numbers of students recycling will have improved as a result of our Eco Day.
Begin to dig the garden and loosen the soil.
Inspection for the ajudication of the Green flag?
Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative



January 2010
Compile the results of the second energy audit, present them as bar charts and publish them around the school.
Continue to dig and prepare the soil for growing vegetables in the school garden. Buy the potatoes and other vegetables.
Prepare projects for YEA
Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative



February 2010
Continue with all or our enititives and promote recycling in the school.
Plant potatoes, carrots, onions and year round lettuce.
Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative



March 2010
Continue recycling and hold the Easter raffle.
Continue to weed and care for the vegetable patch.
Work on YEA projects and have presentations ready for after Easter.
Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative



April 2010
Promote more walking/ cycling to school summer season.
Continue to weed the garden and water if nessesary.
Promote recycling batteries for the final term.
Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative



May 2010
Present projects for the YEA
Begin to harvest first potatoes and lettuce and spring onions.
Finish school year with a big clean up and recycling drive.
Class 4.3 and Class 4.4, Ms. Roche
BOM Mr. Curry
Parents Council Representative



 



October 2009
Our day of Actionis being held on October the 19th 2009, we are holding an Eco day in the mainschool hall. Our environmental committee are organising this day with the helpof the whole school. Each class is going to go to the hall on the day, they aregoing to be presented with a power point presentation on the Green flag, theseven steps that are laid out in order to achieve it and what we as a schoolintend to do so that we may keep our green flag. After the presentation thestudents may go around the hall where the committee will have stalls set uppromoting energy conservation, recycling and environmental awarness throughgames and fun activities. The students decided this because it would be a funand interesting way to get involved and to learn more about the environment.