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Environmental Awareness Puppet Show



January 2015

A new Green Committee will begin work soon. The committee will begin working for our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity. To find out more follow the link below


Green School Update 2009-2013


W.O.W. Initiative

Water Saving Tips from the Children in 3rd Class

Eamonn Coughlan raises the Second Green Flag

Visit of President McAleese to congratulate us on receiving our First Green Flag


What the Green School Committee has been doing


Since 2009, the Green School Committee has been working hard to get GREEN!

Here are examples of what we have been doing from 2011 to 2013:

The Green School Committee has meetings every month.

Leak Detectives from 3rd class have a daily job of checking the taps all around the school.

We have songs daily over the intercom about tips for saving water and will be performed in the Water concert during water week 2012.

This year we are collecting copper coins for wells, water filters and water tanks in a developing country



During 2011, the whole school made water mascots hoping that they would win the mascot competition and the winner was Rosie Raindrop.

In 2011, we had tips for saving water on the intercom from 2nd class.

We started with a poster campaign from 4th class and a Water Survey from the whole school.

From the whole school pupils had sent in photographs for ‘The photo competition’ for saving water. The three winners were from 4th, 6th and 5th.

The 4th class had presented a water cycle to the junior classes and the Committee.

Students from Ms.Flynn’s sixth class presented a water code.



Based on the committee, the school has installed pushed down taps and sinks too. Hippo bags were previously installed and were checked and the water butt is continuously in use in the school garden.

The President of Waterways Ireland, Mr.Gregory Whelan visited the senior classes on the 24/01/12

The sixth class made projects on water used in the world. While the other 5th and 6th researched Extreme weather.


For the summer term, the second class will present a play they are working and the play is called ‘Eddie the Penguin saves the world’ – Niki Davies.

The song competition will be underway that week.

The children from all classes will sing their water saving songs and make presentations of water projects they have already completed.


The pupils of St.Columba’s School will be participating in Water Art this year. They will be making:

  • Door hanger with tips of how you can save water at home.
  • Maths (Water bills) each child will calculate the costs of water per day.
  • Art display (construction) we will use recycled water bottles to show water usage in school per day.


  • Use water wisely!
  • Use a water butt
  • Don’t fill the kettle unless you’re going to use it all
  • Use a full load in your dish washer or washing machine
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap
  • Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • Put food colouring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. COOL!
  • Turn off faucets tightly after each use
  • Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants
  • When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don't throw it in the trash, dump it on a plant



Green School News

Result of transport survey

Áine came from An Taisce to carry out a Green School travel to school survey. We found that 54% of the people in the school drive to school in the car, 40% walk to school, 4% travel by public transport while only 2% cycle. This year the Green School committee want people to walk, cycle or scoot to school if possible. If people live too far away to walk maybe they could use public transport, car pool, or park and stride. In the New Year we will be encouraging people to leave the car behind and walk. We want to increase the number of people walking to school by 10% and decrease the number driving to school by 10%. We hope to achieve this by May 2013. We need your help and co-operation. Walking to school is great exercise and it is good for the environment. Let’s make 2013 a better year for the environment!


On the 21st of February Ms. Whelan and four girls from the green school committee went to the Green School Travel Forum. We walked a little bit then got on the train. We then got off the train and then walked to the Green School Travel Forum. We got there just in time. When we went in there were about eight other schools there. When we all sat down and everybody stopped talking and listened, a school which just got their green flag told us about not taking the car so much anymore in their school in the past two years. After that we all went around the room to see if we would find pictures of all the ways we could travel to school. We only got two. We played a few more games, then we got lunch. They taught us lots of interesting information. When it was finished we got back on the train and walked a bit back to the school. We told our classes about it and they were very interested in what we had to say.

By Abbie O H.





Tips for Reducing from 3rd/4th class

Art from Recycled Materials 4th class

Sustainable Energy Ireland Workshop

Recycling Exhibition

Climate Change A Poem