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.
We were awarded Best School in the Little or No Green Space category in this year's Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown Tidy Schools awards. This award is a fantastic compliment to the work done by students and staff in keeping our grounds so tidy, beautiful and litter-free. A huge thank you to our caretaker Marvin Bautista who does so much unseen work at the school as well as to Ms. O'Neill whose green fingers have been appreciated in brightening up our front door area.
Present for meeting: Adam and Matthew (2nd), Adam and Andrew (3rd), Darragh (4th) Mauro and Milan (5th), Ciarán, Gabriel and Rory (6th) Ms O'Neill and Mr Smith
- Snow damage to Wheelbarrow Gardens. Replanting planned for April.
- Replanting of flowers in plant pots at front door by Mauro, Milan and Ms O'Neill last week.
- Planting of wildflower seeds in patch by the wall in April by committee.
- Magpies nesting in tree in school garden.
- Planning for Inaugural Youth Spring Clean Event at 10am on Wednesday 21st March. March will finish at our school.
- Members of committee from 2nd-4th will attend event. 5th and 6th class have events at the same time as march. Mr Smith will pick extra students from junior classes to make up for the students who will not be able to make it.
- Permission forms handed out.
- Darragh to give form to Andre who missed meeting.
- Litter and waste team will design posters for the event on the themes of 1. National Spring Clean 2. Dog Waste and 3. Marine Litter
- Tidy Schools application to be completed
- Website to be updated by members of committee from 5th and 6th class.
Secretary for meeting:
We would encourage everyone to use the new household recycling list to sort litter and waste items in their house for the green bin. This new list makes things very easy by only listing what can go into the green bin. These lists were put up around the school by our Litter and Waste team as a reminder of what goes into the recycling bins in our classrooms so be sure to use this list at home. See recyclinglistireland.ie/ for more
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