Green Schools

Water Motto

Saving water is a job that we all have to do-at home, at school and in the community. As well as saving us money, it is protecting the valuable resource that is water. Pupils from 4th to 6th class took part in a competition to compose a motto for Scoil Mhuire Corofin to help us remember to save water where and when we can. There were many excellent entries and the Green Schools Committee had the very difficult task of choosing three finalists with one of them being the winner. Here are the runner up mottos:

 

In our school, there is a rule: save water and you are cool!

Don't let water run and then your job is done.

 

The winning motto was composed by a 6th class pupil and will be displayed in all classrooms and on our Green Schools Noticeboard. Here is the motto that we will be adopting in Scoil Mhuire Corofin.

 

CLEAN, FRESH, COOL, SAVE MORE WATER IN OUR SCHOOL!

Pictured below are the two runners up and the winner (middle) Well done to all who took part!

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Green Schools Irish Water Poster Competition

This competition is being run by An Taisce Green-Schools in partnership with Irish Water and is being promoted to all schools currently participating in the Water theme of the Green-Schools programme. This year's Green-Schools Irish Water Poster Competition 2015 invites individual students to design a poster which best illustrates the theme 'Water: from the cloud to your glass'. The poster can be a combination of words and illustrations or just illustrations. The student may interpret the theme as they see fit.

Here are some examples of some of the entries from Scoil Mhuire Corofin.

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Visit to Ennis Water Treatment Plant

On Monday 16th June, pupils from 5th class went to visit Ennis Water Treatment Plant in Drumcliff, Ennis. This trip was organised by Noel Tierney, Manager of the Dysart-Toonagh Group Water Scheme. Before the visit, all pupils worked on the All About Water booklet which is water education for primary schools. It was developed as part of the National Source Protection Pilot Project under the auspices of the National Rural Water Monitoring Committee.

 

While there, the pupils were shown the filters used in the treatment plant and were given a safety talk before going on a tour of the plant. Each stage of water treatment was shown and explained and the pupils were brought up to the top of the reservoir, from where they had wonderful views of Ennis and the surrounding area. 

Click on the link below to see pictures from the trip.

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Green Schools 2014/2015

As you may know, we are continuing with our Green Flag programme to be an environmentally friendly school. Over the last few years we have been awarded with a 'Litter and Waste' flag and also an 'Energy' flag. We are currently working on our 'Water' Flag.


The 'Litter and Waste' Flag involves us recycling many different products. Each classroom has a recycling bin that is used for collecting paper, cardboard and plastics. Down near the office, there is a recycling centre where we encourage people to bring in used batteries and old mobile phones. We ask that each child has a lunch box and recyclable drink bottle and to avoid as much as possible using tinfoil.Every year we partake in An Taisce's National Spring Clean. We hold a bi-annual clothing collection for all old clothes. This will take place on Monday 29th September this year.


The 'Energy' flag involves being more aware of the energy we use. We take regular readings from our electricity meter. All children are encouraged to turn off lights and switches when they leave a room. We hope that this practice will continue at home and that electricity bills will be reduced for families.


This year, we will continue work on our water flag. With the introduction of water charges in the near future, it is a topic that is on many people's minds. We are hoping to teach the children ways in which water can be saved both at school and at home so that these water bills will be reduced, as well as conserving our natural resource.


We hope that you will continue to support us in our quest to be a Green School, where pupils actively take part in protecting our environment.
Reminders

  •  Clothing Collection-Monday 29th September. Bags of clothes can be left out at the school shed on the morning of the collection (before 09:30) 
  •  Battery Recycling Collection Point
  •  Mobile Phone Recycling Collection Point

The Green School Committee

National Spring Clean 2014

On Wednesday 30th April, students, staff, parents and members of the local Tidy Towns Committee will take part in the annual National Spring Clean organised by An Taisce. We will be meeting at the school at 09:45 and will spend an hour cleaning up our local area. All support will be greatly appreciated.

A poster competition was held to promote the event and the winners were Orla Burke (5th class), Katie Brown (5th class) and Conor Farrell (3rd class) Well done to everyone who took part!

 

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 nsc141resizeKatie Brown (5th Class)

 

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