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Our Progress

Litter & Waste

One of the biggest environmental issues in Ireland is Litter and Waste. The Green-Schools programme is hugely important in raising an awareness of Litter and Waste and in educating schools and the wider community on our collective responsibility, in reducing the amount of waste we produce.

Recent research on the economic value of the Green-Schools programme to schools in Ireland has revealed that the programme has saved schools in Ireland a minimum 2 million euro in waste, electricity, water and fuel costs this year. The results reveal a minimum of 12 tonnes of waste diverted from landfills in Ireland every school day by schools undertaking the programme. Because the programme also involves the wider community the overall savings to the wider community could be several times the 2 million euro saved by the schools involved.

In September 2009 , Killina N.S. began working towards our first green flag.

We formed a committee comprising teachers, pupils , parents and school staff. A representative from each class was elected to the committee through a democratic vote.

Our 2009-2010 committee included: Kayleigh , John , Peter ,Megan ,Rebecca , Emma , Conor and Rebecca

 

The committee met frequently and undertook an environmental review of Litter & Waste in our school. All classes monitored and recorded the levels of recyclable and non-recyclable waste produced.

An action plan was devised, with our main target being the reduction of waste by 30% within a year and by 50% within two years.

A “Day of Action “ was held ,the highlight of this day being the performance of” Green Schools Raps”.

The winners of the rap competition were: Lyrics from our ”Rap Competition “ inspired the formulation of our” Green Schools Logo”. Our Green Schools Logo is :

“We put more in the recycling bin, Then less will end up in the landfill.”

A new committee was elected in Sept 2010. This included: Shannon, Justin , Mairéad , Tammie , Lily- Mae , Martin , Cara and Tara .

Other highlights of our Green-Schools programme to date include

Pupils from all classes designed , made and modelled highly creative fashion items including hats, handbags ,sports jerseys ,dresses ,jackets, ties, footwear, jewellery etc.

A huge variety of recycled materials were used and the designs were highly creative. The pupils had great fun modelling their fashion in our catwalk show.

Choosing winners was extremely difficult .However we were delighted to have Margaret ,(one of our parent reps on the Green-Schools Committee ) and who also works in fashion design to assist with this task.

The winners were:

  • - Junior Infants - Tara, Cara and Louis
    - Senior Infants - Cara ,Callum and Kayleigh
    - First Class - Caoimhe, Aaron and Zoe
    - Second Class - Lily-Mae, Donal and Cathal
    - Third Class - Charlie, Sarah-Jane and Lucy
    - Fourth Class - Jill, Mairéad and Jamie
    - Fifth Class - James, Conor and Lauren
    - Sixth Class - Molly, Jean Gill and Shannon
  • You can see some of the “Recycled Fashion” designs.
  • In Spring 2011, we submitted our application for our first Green Flag. We had a visit from An Taisce and we were thrilled to be awarded our First Green School Flag.
  • Our application was highly commended by An Taisce. Mrs Noonan, Shannon, Justin and Mairead collected the flag at a ceremony in Croke Park Conference Centre on May 23rd.
  • We celebrated the raising of our ‘Green Flag’ at our school in June!

 

LOW ENERGY DAY - October 2012

  • A “Low Energy Day” was held in the school on Friday 5th October 2012. We turned off all electrical appliances and heat. Consequently we used only 4 kwts of electricity (the septic tank, computer server etc could not be switched off).
  • This was a saving of 40-50 kwts of electricity. We used 0 litres of heating oil on Low Energy day.
  • We had an Energy Assembly in the afternoon. The children sang ‘Our School Energy Rap’. Group winners of the Rap Competition performed their energy raps for each other.
  • We brainstormed ideas on energy saving at home and in school. We carried out energy investigations and experiments. 3rd and 4th class made water wheels. 5th and 6th class made colour wheels and windmills. We shared our experiments with other classes.
  • Recycling - We are continuing our ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ campaign. We have a clothes collection every few months and are continuing to collect used batteries, ink cartridges and mobile phones.

 

GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - February 2013

  • Excitement is building as we near the application date for our second green flag for “Energy”.
  • We have been working on the theme of Energy for almost two years now.
  • We have been busy ensuring that the whole school is fully aware of the on-going Green-Schools Energy Programme through our “Switch it off” Campaign.
  • We have held a poster competition in January 2013. The winners were:
  • - 1st & 2nd Class - Kayleigh, Lucy & Sarah
    - 3rd & 4th Class - Dayna, Ruby & Jack
    - 5th & 6th Class - Emily, Natasha, Jenna & Charlie

  • We have been learning more about ‘Energy’ through curriculum work:
  • - All classes explored the conservation of energy and renewable energy
    - 1st-3rd Class wrote reports on Energy Activities as part of the English Curriculum
    - In June 2012 1st & 2nd Class performed a play with an Energy Saving Theme, “Eddie the Penguin Saves the World”
    - All classes conducted Energy experiments as part of Science Week and Low Energy Day
    - 1st & 2nd class taught all other classes their Energy Rap
    - 5th & 6th Class wrote and performed Dramas with a Green School Energy Theme
    - All Classes composed, wrote and performed poems and raps with an Energy Theme
  • See some of the Energy Saving activities we've been involved in by clicking here.

  • We have been informing parents of aims and efforts of our Energy Programme through our monthly Newsletter and displays on our Green School notice board.
  • We have been informing the wider community about our work through the school website and Parish Bulletin.
  • Part of our Green Schools work has been ensuring maintenance of targets reached in Green Schools Litter/Waste Programme by doing spot check bins to ensure correct disposal and maximum recycling, using our Composter to its maximum capacity, continuing to increase battery collection by a further 10% for 2012-2013, and increasing Clothes Recycling by 250%.
  • As this is the second year of our Energy saving campaign we have been endeavouring to maintain reduced energy consumption rates achieved in the previous year. Activities to achieve this aim have included:
  • - Reading the electricity meter daily and formulating graphs on energy consumption
    - Continuing to do “Vampire Hunts” to ensure appliances /lights are switched off when not in use and doors are closed
    - Comparing a typical Day`s Energy Usage with that of a previous year
    - Graphing results and displaying them on Green Schools Notice Board
    - Comparing Heating Oil usage with previous years and graphing and displaying results.

    Read our Green School Energy Action Plans.


GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - April 2013

  • Great News!!! We have been awarded our second Green Flag for Energy.
  • Four committee members will attend the award ceremony in Croke Park Conference Centre on May 22nd. We look forward to raising the flag at a celebration in our school, soon afterwards.
  • Well done to the entire school community for their work in earning our Second Green Flag.
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GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - OUR COMMITTEE FOR 2014-15

  • The pupil’s representatives on our Green School Committee this year are...
  • - Daniel Kane
    - Brianna Eustace
    - Andrew Lott
    - Robyn Goulding
    - Kirsten Browne
    - Abbi Kearney
    - Emily Gill
    - Lily-Mae Commane
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  • They meet regularly to discuss issues relating to our Green School targets. Some of the work they are involved in includes litter monitoring, Vampire Energy Hunts, Drip Police Patrol, Composting, organising Water Assemblies, publicising our Clothes Collection Campaigns, encouraging everyone to recycle batteries and many other activities.
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  • WATER AUDIT
  • Early in the last school year we carried out an audit of water usage in the school.
  • During Maths Class 5th and 6th class calculated how many litres of water each person in the school uses per day.
  • These are the results: We use an average of 12 litres of water per person per day.
  • This result was quite good but our aim is to reduce this number.
  • We need to continue learning about ways we can save water at home and in school.
  • Poster Competition To raise awareness about water conservation, among the school community, we held a very successful Poster Competition in April 2014. All classes from Junior Infants to 6th class explored the theme of “Water”.
  • The winners are as follows:
  • Junior Infants - Leila Casey and Sarah-Jane Melia
    Senior Infants - Jake O`Leary and Leon O`Meara
    First Class - Robyn Goulding and Alisha Gill
    Second Class - Kirsten Browne and Megan Sands
    Third Class - Tara Gill and Abbi Kearney
    Fourth Class - Ruby Casey and Zoe Brierty
    Fifth Class - Donal Whelan and Tommy Gill
    Sixth Class - Natasha Morris and Lucy-Lou Talbot Mulholland
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GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - May 2014. 5th & 6th CLASS WATER PROJECTS

  • In May 2014, 5th & 6th Class completed collaborative projects on Water Usage and Conservation. They presented these to all the pupils and teachers at the May Water Assembly.
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GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - September 2014. "KILLINA NS ARE KILDARE BATTERY RECYCLING WINNERS"

  • In Sept 2014, Killina NS were announced as Leader Board Winners for Battery Recycling in Co. Kildare.
  • This means that per capita, we recycle the most batteries, among all schools in Kildare.
  • Last year we collected 65kg of batteries.
  • This is a fantastic achievement! Well done to everyone who collected and recycled batteries through our school. Keep up the good work!
  • We received a Sports Pack as a prize.
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  • CLOTHES RECYCLING
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  • We have organised 3 or 4 clothes collections each year at our school .We have recycled many hundreds of KG of clothing and have raised hundreds of euros for school equipment. Our next clothing collection will be in May 2015.
  • We ask you to please keep any unwanted used clothing, bed linen, footwear etc., so that we can make the next clothes collection our most successful yet. Also encourage family and friends to participate.
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  • PHONE RECYCLING
  • Please collect and send in old mobile phones to the school. When we have 100 or more phones, they will be eventually be exchanged for ICT equipment for our school.
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GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - October 2014. GREEN SCHOOL CODE

  • The pupils have worked hard on composing Green Schools Water raps. These were used to help in choosing an appropriate Water Code for our Campaign.
  • Our Water Code is: “Listen to our Rap and turn off the tap. In our school saving water`s cool”
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  • OUR WATER DAY OF ACTION
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  • In October 2014 every class took part in water week. Activities included learning about water usage, “The Water Cycle”, composing a school “Water Rap”, composing water raps in pairs, designing posters etc.
  • The pupils from each classroom showcased what they learned in our “Mega Water Assembly” on 23rd October 2014.This was a very educational, enjoyable and entertaining day.
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GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - February 2015. UPDATE ON WATER USAGE

  • In February 2015, 5th & 6th Class pupils calculated our Water Usage from our most recent Bill. We are delighted to announce that we now are using 5.8 litres of water per person, per day , in our school. That is a cut of over 50 % in a year. (Our last audit showed a usage of 12 litres per person, per day.)
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GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - March 2015. TRIP TO KILDARE GREEN SCHOOL WATER FORUM

 

On March 5th 2015, 4 Green Schools committee representatives, Emily, Lily-Mae, Kirsten and Abbie travelled to a Water Forum in Kill, Co. Kildare. We shared ideas with other schools on activities for our Water Programme.

The pupils made a presentation on the work being carried out on Water, in our school. They worked collaboratively with other schools on planning the ideal Green school from a water point of view. They also enjoyed a Water Quiz and some fun experiments.

 

GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - April/May 2015. TRIP TO THE GREEN FLAG AWARDS AT THE HELIX, DCU

 

In April 2015 , Dara Wyer, Environment Officer from Kildare County Council, visited our school to assess our progress with Water. He was very pleased with all the work we have done on the theme of Water.

In May 2015, after 2 years working on Water Conservation, An Taisce informed us that we were being awarded our 3rd Green Flag. Emily, Lily-Mae, Heather and Mrs. Noonan travelled to the Green Schools Awards Ceremony in The Helix, DCU on May 20th 2015.They had a very enjoyable day and collected our 3rd green flag.

 

GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - June 2015. RAISING OUR 3RD GREEN FLAG - HURRAY!!!

 

On 19th June 2015, the sun shone, as we proudly raised our 3rd Green Flag. We already had two green flags to our credit, earned for our efforts in reducing and recycling litter and waste and raising energy awareness.

The third green flag was awarded on the theme of Water and for Killina N.S’s achievements in the conservation of Water. Lily Mae and the committee explained about the great work that had been done in the school over the past two years. We have reduced our water consumption from 12 litres per person per day to 6 litres per person per day.

We were delighted to have Fr. Murphy, to raise our 3rd Green Flag on the occasion of his 60th Jubilee. The pupils, parents and wider school community joined us to celebration this fantastic achievement and a great day was had by all. We look forward to working together on the theme of Travel for our 4th green flag over the next two years.

     

GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - September 2015. TRANSPORT

In Sept/Oct 2015, each class revised work to date on the three previous Green Flags.

Pupils were invited to prepare presentations for their class on why they would like to be on the Green Schools Travel Committee, what they have learned so far about Green schools and what ideas and skills they have to offer. Eight suitable candidates were selected, one from each class.

The committee is as follows:

  • - Junior Infants - Fionn Mulligan
    - Senior Infants - Ava Dunne
    - First Class - Sarah-Jane Melia
    - Second Class - Lily Gill
    - Third Class - Katie Farrell
    - Fourth Class - Megan Sands
    - Fifth Class - Cara Gill
    - Sixth Class - Katie Hendrick

GREEN SCHOOLS UPDATE - January 2018. OUR WORK ON THE GREEN FLAG FOR "TRANSPORT"

Having elected our committee we set to work. On November 24th 2015 ,Camilla visited our school and conducted a “Walkability Audit” and ”Traffic Count Survey” with Cara, Katie H and Katie F. and Mrs. Noonan.

 

We checked the nearby roads for signage, surfaces, ramps, litter, bins, flashing lights etc.

  • - We noticed flashing lights on the approach to our school from Allenwood and Derrinturn.
    - We noticed that there were no rumble strips to slow traffic.
    - The footpath outside our school is 370 cm wide which is good for safety.

In November we held a Transport Poster Competition. Here are the winners:

  • - Junior Infants Joey O`Sullivan
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    Senior Infants Daniel Kane
    - 1st Class Brianna Eustace
    - 2nd Class Jake O`Leary
    - 3rd Class Kodie O`Sullivan
    - 4th Class Rebecca Reidy
    - 5th Class Kayleigh Mc Loughlin
    - 6th Class Ruby Casey

 

P.O.W. (Pool on Wednesdays)

In Spring 2016 we held a very successful “Carpool Day”, where all pupils and staff were encouraged to carpool on their journey to/from school where possible. There was a great response to this initiative so the Green Schools Committee decided to begin a weekly P.O.W. day.

Each week, data was collected in each class about numbers of pupils who carpooled/walked/cycled/travelled by electric car to/from school. The “Golden Car Award” was designed by the Green schools Committee and awarded to the class who had the highest percentage of pupils travelling to school in a sustainable way that day. There was great excitement and anticipation about which class would win each week. As time went on, the committee decided to award the “Golden Car Award” to the most improved class , to encourage classes who weren’t winning the award frequently.

In February 2016 our school took part in the Green Schools National Travel Competition, where we detailed our efforts to improve levels of sustainable travel in our school.

In April 2016 we held a successful day in conjunction with “National Spring Clean”. Pupils worked on cleaning up the school grounds and parents collected litter on approach roads to the school.

In May 2016, Camilla, our Green Schools Travel Advisor held a very enjoyable Bike Workshop in our school with pupils from senior classes.

In November 2016 we developed a “Green Schools Code” for Transport:

“Cycle, Walk or Carpool. Save our planet on your journey to school”.

 

We continued to collect batteries and held Clothes Collections three times a year.

 

TRANSPORT ACTION DAY - On 30th November 2016 we held our “Day of Action” for Transport.

Activities included: Bling Your Boot Competition, Green Code Banner, Transport Junk Art, Food Miles Workshop, Prize Giving, and our Human Bar Graph showing how we travelled to school on our “Day of Action”.

 

In March 2017, we made an application for our 4th Green Flag for Transport and in June 2017 we were invited to D.C.U. to collect our flag.

 

Mrs. Noonan collects our fourth Green School Flag for Transport in DCU with Cara and Megan.


In June 2017
we had a wonderful day of celebrations as we raised our 4th Green Flag for Transport. Fiona O`Loughlin T.D. raised the flag for us and gave us wonderful words of praise and encouragement for our Green Schools efforts and our community spirit.

 

 

GREEN FLAG FOR BIODIVERSITY

In September 2017 we set about working towards our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity. We introduced the theme of biodiversity to the pupils and invited interested pupils to share their ideas and hopes for our Biodiversity programme.

A committee was selected following a Green Schools Assembly where pupils made presentations on why they would like to serve on the committee.

Congratulations to the pupils who have been chosen to work on the Green Schools Committee over the next two years.:

 

Our Green School Committee for Biodiversity 2017-2019.

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