We participated in the National Spring Clean this year to help keep Dalkey tidy. Each class took a different area of the village and picked up the litter there. Check out the pictures from the day below:
Our Green Schools Committee organised a Plastic Free Lunch Day for students and staff on the 9th April. The idea behind this was to raise awareness about how much single use plastics are in our lunchboxes. This is especially important ahead of Easter where overuse of packaging on Easter Eggs is a big problem.
We surveyed students to see how many lunches contained plastic packaging on a normal school day. Over 60% of our students and staff had plastic packaging on items for their lunch. Yoghurt cartons and clingfilm were some of the most common plastic items. Our Plastic Free Day saw the use of plastic packaging fall to less than 15% of students and staff in the school.
The idea was a great success and helped us to see the range of alternatives to plastic we can use for our lunches such as using a lunch box or bag, paper sandwich bags or compostable kitchen paper. Our Green Schools Committee will continue to encourage our students and staff to avoid single use plastics in future.
Fourth class went to Kippure this week and tried a number of nature activities. There was a treasure hunt where each group had to follow the trail on a map and use the clues to solve a puzzle and find some tasty treasure!
For the next activity, they had to build shelters from natural resources in the wood for humans and for small animals. The groups had to engage in teamwork and find out which materials were useful for building a shelter in the woods.
For the final activity, the boys built boats in a group for a boat race on the stream which was fantastic fun.
We also learned about animals and plants in the local area and tasted some pine needle tea! Thanks to everyone at Kippure for the brilliant day.
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Harold Boys' Green Schools Committee