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 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.
Present for meeting: Adam and Matthew (2nd), Adam and Andrew (3rd), Andre and Darragh (4th) Mauro and Milan (5th), Ciarán, Gabriel and Rory (6th) Ms O'Neill and Mr Smith
- Renewal visit next week - revise seven steps and have a look at lists of work done in each of their team areas
- Finish habitat map and update biodiversity board
- Biodiversity team check equipment around school grounds
- Make sure each class knows the Green Code/biodiversity slogan
- New plant pots at front door
Secretary for meeting:
We added some more biodiversity equipment to our school grounds as part of our work on the Biodiversity theme. We added an insect block, a bee and bug biome, an insect house, a mini bug hotel, a ladybird tower, an urban bee/insect nester and two new birdhouses to the school ground. Adding equipment to the school grounds to encourage greater biodiversity in our school gardens and grounds was one of the main aims of our Action Plan and our Green Schools committee Biodiversity team will observe our new equipment to record any ways in which it helps to increase biodiversity in our school gardens. Check out the pictures below to see our new equipment around the school:
Green Schools News
Harold Boys' Green Schools Committee