We planted a wildflower area at the front of the school to help biodiversity in our school garden. The area is bare at the moment but will hopefully look beautiful soon with lots of colourful summer flowers to attract pollinators to our garden!
A huge congratulations to everyone in the school as we found out that we have achieved our fifth Green Schools flag. Everyone in the school has put in massive amounts of work on the biodiversity theme as well as keeping up our work on previous themes and it has paid off!
We would like to give special thanks to our Green Schools committee, our staff representatives Ms O'Neill, Marvin Bautista (caretaker), Ms Buckley and Mr Smith as well as our parents representative David Prior. Thank you to everyone else who has helped out with workshops, talks and any other activities which contributed to our biodiversity theme.
Representatives from our committee will collect our flag in The Helix on the 23rd May at 10:30am and we look forward to this celebration of our work over the past three years!
We were delighted to be a part of the Inaugural Youth National Spring Clean Launch along with 4 other schools in the community, Dalkey Tidy Towns, the Community Gardaí, the youth leader Flossie Donnelly, Sarah McGovern and Zainab Boladale and An Cathaoirleach Cllr Tom Murphy along with Cllr Devlin, Cllr Hanafin and Cllr Fayne.
The march was a fantastic success and we featured in a segment on RTE's News 2day programme. The march focused on three themes:
1. The launch of the National Spring Clean campaign this year
2. Marine litter
3. Dog waste
Marine litter and dog waste are a particular issue in our local community and we hope to continue work with the Dalkey Tidy Towns committee to help raise awareness of and help solve these issues.
We'd like to thank Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as always for helping to coordinate everyone involved in the march and also St Nicholas Montessori School for their wonderful singing outside our school to finish the launch. Well done to everyone involved!
We have added our school action plan to this website. Check it out on the tab at the side or follow this link.
We hope it will be helpful to our school community to show what we have done and plan to do in the future. It might be helpful for other schools working on the biodiversity flag in future too!
You can also find our curriculum work plan on the action plan tab too.
We had a Marine Biology workshop today from Oceaneers Education with 5th and 6th class where we learned how to construct an underwater microphone. Loraine Grant talked about different types of whale and the sounds they make underwater. We were particularly impressed by "The Star Wars vocalisation" sound that is made by the Minkie Whale. There are 24 species of whales and dolphins found off the coasts of Ireland (see our poster on our Biodiversity board for more information) and we created a hydraphone to listen to the sounds of an orca. We'd like to say thanks again to Loraine for her help and we give the workshop our "seal of approval"!
^ 6th class workshop
^ 5th class workshop
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:
On Monday 15th January 2018, Dean Eaton from the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council came in to visit the Green Schools Committee from Harold Boys'. The Green Schools Committee from 2nd to 6th class talked to Dean in the hall and explained how we had completed the seven steps needed for our Biodiversity flag. Then a smaller team from the committee gave Dean a tour of our school grounds to show him the improvements we have made whilst working on this flag. We showed him the biodiversity equipment, the Green Schools board, Biodiversity board and our year one and year two maps of the school grounds. We would like to thank everyone in the school for their hard work on the biodiversity theme especially our caretaker Marvin who does a lot of behind the scenes work and who we wouldn't be able to renew our Green Flag without.
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