Raising Our 2nd Green Flag!
A wonderful celebration for the raising of two Flags took place in St. Louis GNS on Tuesday, June 18th 2013. The school was celebrating the achievement of a second Green Flag and a first Active Flag.
Preparation for the Green Energy Flag included an environmental review of the use of energy with a particular emphasis on possibilities for conserving electricity and heating oil. Research was completed on the use of all electrical appliances by survey and questionnaire. A special Energy Awareness Day was held on November 7th last with an experiment display. Competitions were held throughout the school to raise energy awareness and aspects of this subject were integrated with all curriculum areas. Low Energy day took place on May 25th last year. There was a trip to DIT in Dundalk to examine the wind turbine as an alternative form of energy, a Spring Clean in the school's local area, regular media and website updating and the special WOW (Walk on Wednesday) initiative where the children were recorded and rewarded for walking to school.
Congratulations to the wonderful Green School Committee and the co-ordinators, Ms Anne Brady and Mrs Róisín Treanor
The Road to Our Second Flag
Since being awarded our first flag in May 2010, the Green Schools’ Committee have expanded our comprehensive Litter & Waste Management programme to focus on Energy Management, which is required for the first renewal of the Green Flag.
A new Green Schools’ Committee was elected with representatives from each class who work together in order to achieve the Green Flag for Energy Management.
The Committee meets regularly to ensure that we maintain our efforts in the area of Litter & Waste Management and to work on the new Energy programme.
The Green School Committee carried out an extensive review of Energy Usage in our school. Using this review the Committee identified actions that could be undertaken to conserve energy in our school. These actions form the basis for our Action Plan for Energy Awareness & Energy Management in our school.
Some classes attended Energy Workshops, organised by Niall O’Connor, Monaghan Co. Council Environmental Officer in conjunction with Sustainable Energy Ireland.
The Green School Committee have involved the entire school community in activities and curricular work relating to the theme of energy, as well as encouraging everyone to cut down on energy consumption throughout our school.
St. Louis G.N.S. Eco Schools World Day of Action
St Louis Girls National School Monaghan are currently busy working towards attaining the prestigious Green Flag for Energy. St Louis G.N.S was awarded the Green Flag for Litter and Waste Management two years ago and have expanded their comprehensive Waste and Litter Environmental programme to take account of Energy Management.
In St Louis G.N.S the Green Schools Committee highlighted the need to move from reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels to using renewable energy from the sun, wind and water and how by doing this we can all make a difference to our environment.
The Green Schools Committee members demonstrated a series of experiments which showed how effective insulation is in preventing heat escaping and how the lack of insulation wastes a lot of energy.
This was followed by a demonstration of how acid rain affects plants and buildings. A number of experiments showed how chemical energy is converted to heat energy releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The most popular experiment was “The Erupting Volcano” experiment, which shocked and excited the attentive audience!
The Green Schools Committee organised the competitions for all the classes in the school.
The Second Classes designed door hangers to remind everyone to close doors and keep heat in when entering and exiting the school building. The winners in this category were Orla Sherry and Jessica Leane.
The Third Classes designed “Energy Helper “ badges to be worn by the Energy Helpers in each class. The winners were Gránia Curran and Karina Blazejewska.
The Fifth and Sixth Classes designed posters to be displayed around the school, encouraging everybody to save energy. The winners of the poster competition were Gertruda Kalvynaite, Áine Mc Elwaine, Rebecca Mc Kenna and Elena Blazeviciute
A competition was held to compose a green code for St. Louis G.N.S., with energy as the theme. The winner was of this competition was Gabija Ragaliauskyte from Third class with the following Green Code.
“St. Louis Girls are energy helpers,
Saving energy is cool!
Switch off lights and radiators
Save energy for our school!”
However on the day, everybody who attended was a winner as everybody learned that it is possible for each person to make a difference to the world by saving energy, whilst enjoying all the fun activities!
The Green Schools Committee are to be complimented on the manner in which they implement the Schools’ Litter and Waste Management Programme as well as the Energy Programme on a daily basis in St Louis G.N.S.
Green Schools Committee
Rebecca Mc Kenna (chairperson), Sorcha O’ Neill (Vice-chairperson),
Ellie Mc Hugh (Secretary) Sandra Mancewicz (Assistant secretary), Evelina Rudyte, Niamh Douglas, Eva Clerkin, Caoimhe O’Hanlon, Aobhe Cunningham, Chloe Lafferty, Carla Mc Kenna ,Sarah Douglas, Stella McKenna ,Hazel Mc Morrow,Gabija Ragaliauskyte ,Anna Mallen Aoife Mc Skeane and Laura Smyth. Mr. Jim Corrigan (caretaker), Mr.Kevin Clerkin (parent),