St. Kilian’s Junior School has successfully achieved Seven Green Flags:
- Litter and Waste (2009)
- Energy (2011)
- Water (2013)
- Transport (2015)
- Biodiversity (2017)
- Global Citizenship (2019)
- Global Citizenship – Energy (2022)
Green School’s News
This year we begin working towards our eighth green flag for the school, which is the Global Citizenship- Marine Environment Flag. This focuses on raising awareness of marine eco systems and the work being done to save them.
In September, each class made a pledge for climate action week. After the mid-term, we will carry out our climate action surveys with the children and we will hold our art and slogan competition.
The school began the challenge to become battery recycling champions as part of a nationwide initiative, which will also help raise funds for children’s hospice LauraLynn. Binning batteries leads to a loss of really valuable resources that are increasingly in short supply, as well as causing harm to the environment. So, we called on our friends, neighbours and the community to help our school recycle as many batteries as we could!
Marine Environment – Action Day
Our action day took place in January 2024 where the whole school focused on marine life and forms of marine litter.
Junior infants focused on the sea turtle and read ‘Duffy’s Lucky Escape’ by Ellie Jackson and Liz Oldmeadow. They looked at some living and non living things a sea turtle might find in the ocean.
Senior infants watched a sea shore video and drew their favourite animal.
Ms. Murphy’s junior infants, Ms. Hiley’s senior infants and Ms. Mc Nally’s first class also took part in a raft building STEM activity and focused on floating and sinking in the water.
First and second class watched a video on ocean connections and care, focusing on the importance of the ocean and how we can help to protect it. They took part in a quiz to validate all they had learnt.
Our whole school took part in collaboratively colouring an ocean scene. Doesn’t it look fabulous!
The week was also filled with outdoor activities of ship sea shore during PE and using chalk in the yard to draw sea creatures. The classes also enjoyed some mindful colouring, while playing the relaxing jelly fish aquarium background sounds.
See photos below:
Green Committee 2022/2023
Bonnie Bracken Haverty
Don’t forget to ‘Switch it off! Turn it off! Close it!’