Our Green Committee worked tirelessly throughout the year to make our school environment a greener place. We met every Tuesday with Ms Cagney in Room 25. Throughout the year we updated the Green committee notice board and posted on the school website with new information and artwork to keep the school updated on all our activities.
We are in Year 1 of the Green School’s Bio-Diversity theme. In September we formed our committee and produced a basic habitat map of the school. But our main objective for the first term was organising ‘Green Week’ in October. Green Week was really well received and we’d like to thank everyone who took part. We decided to celebrate all our previously awarded flags from Monday to Thursday and promote the theme of Bio Diversity on the Friday. The whole school turned up wearing yellow and black and there was definitely a buzz around. We think everybody got the message that we are concerned about the future of our bees. In the meantime we visited St Enda’s Park and Eddie and Martina talked to us about bee-keeping and how important bees are for our eco-system.
In November we conducted a bio-diversity survey with some interesting results. You have told us that you are concerned about the environment and bio-diversity and would like to learn more as well as become more active in environmental activities in your school and your community. We already have plans for next year so watch this space. We also did some research to see how much bio-diversity is used across the curriculum and we can report that all subjects use some form of bio-diversity and nature at some point to enhance teaching and learning.
After Christmas we began our Litter and Waste Campaign. We know that the school has all the resources to organise waste correctly but for some reason we were not achieving this. Craig Benton from the EPA came to visit us and we attended three weeks of workshops learning about recycling so we could teach the rest of the school. The two weeks before Easter we visited all the classes in the school to teach everyone how to recycle correctly. We got the message across using a video the Transition Years made in their Environment class, an informal presentation and a fun Kahoot game to make sure everybody was clear about what’s what. Winners won some environmentally friendly Green Committee tote bags. We changed the infrastructure of our waste management system. General waste bins to be left open and green bins to be be closed so students and staff think before they bin. We published all our research on the website and noticeboard and form tutors and Year Heads also encouraged students to follow this new system. We are happy to say that our work has paid off. Although our green bins are still
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not always 100% recyclable, there has been a massive improvement. Thanks to you all for taking the time to listen to us and for changing your habits to make our school a better place.
During the final term Craig came back and we spent four weeks attending a ‘Stop Food Wastage’ course. This course was informative and fun and definitely a skill we will need for life.
We finished up the year by getting our hands dirty and planting some bee friendly plants in the new diversity garden which we are so excited about. We’d like to congratulate Ms Bowe and her TYs for designing such a creative and natural resource that many students and bees in Beaufort will enjoy for years to come.
Thank you to everybody for listening to us and supporting our actions throughout the year. Next year we will have more hard but rewarding work to do, as we hope to apply for the Bio-Diversity Flag. Green Flags are a whole school project so we look forward to getting you all involved again with more events and activities. No doubt we will be as busy as bees 🐝 🐝