Third class' recent nature trip to Dillon's Park in Dalkey.
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.
It was time to celebrate as we collected our fifth Green Schools flag for our work on the Biodiversity theme. Two lucky members of our committee went with Mr Smith to The Helix to collect our flag and had a great day there too. Thanks to all the students, parents, staff and the local community for helping us reach this milestone and we hope to continue to promote the Green Schools cause and protect our environment in positive ways in the future!
Fourth class visited the Natural History Museum today and learned loads about biodiversity in Ireland throughout history on our guided tour. Thanks to the staff at the museum for their helpfulness and knowledge! Check out our video below:
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:
Green Schools News
Harold Boys' Green Schools Committee