Green Flag Raising Ceremony

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Today was a very proud day for the Scoil Thomáis school community. Having begun our Green Flag journey in September 2012, we were all thrilled and excited to see our first Green Flag raised in front of the main entrance to the school as a representation of the hard work and effort all of us put into this project since its inception.

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Our ceremony took place at 9.30 when members of the Board of Management, the Parents Association and the Green Schools Committee as well as the 3rd - 6th Classes and their teachers assembled in the school hall. They were joined shortly after by Bernard Brogan, a former pupil and renowned Dublin footballer, who kindly came in to raise the flag for us. The scene was similar to that of September 2013 when Bernard and his brother, Alan, came into the school with the Sam Maguire but, to mark this particular occasion, the pupils and teachers dressed in green instead of the blue and navy worn before.

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There were contributions from a number of speakers. The school principal, Ms McGarry, spoke first. She expressed her appreciation for the work and effort put in by everyone involved in getting the Green Flag. Ms O'Keeffe, one of the Green Schools Co-ordinators in the school, took to the mic next. She echoed Ms McGarry's sentiments and, with the assistance of the wonderful pupils on the Green Team, summarised the process and the reasons why we got the Green Flag. The pupils in the hall then engaged in a rousing rendition of our official Green Schools song 'Let's Make Our School Beautiful'. Finally Bernard Brogan spoke and congratulated us on winning the flag.

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Following the speeches, everybody left the hall and joined the Junior Infant - 2nd Class pupils and their teachers who were already sitting ready around the flag pole in preparation for the main event. The pupils in Ms Healy's 2nd class sang a lovely recycling song and then Bernard proceeded to raise the flag to the accompaniment of a drumroll from Samuel Khan in 6th Class. There was a huge round of applause as the Green Flag flew proudly above the school for the first time.

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A special word of thanks to our Green Schools Committee which includes pupils from 3rd to 6th class, our co-ordinating teachers Ms O'Keeffe, Ms Healy, Ms Reilly and Ms McNeela, as well as our caretakers, Eamon and Kevin, our SNAs, Kay and Ger, and Bríd Rushe.

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Green Flag Ceremony

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Thursday the 21st of May was a proud day for Scoil Thomáis - the day we were awarded our first Green Flag for Litter and Waste reduction. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to bring all of the pupils from the Green Schools committee to the ceremony in the Helix DCU because there were so many other schools getting their Green Flag on the day so we decided as a committee to do a raffle for two teachers and two pupils to attend. Ms Healy, Joy, Caoimhe and Ms O'Keeffe were lucky enough to have their names drawn out of the hat so the four of us headed off to DCU on Thursday afternoon.

On arrival, we were asked to sign the Green Wishing Tree and pose for a photograph with a Green Flag and An Taisce's mascot. 

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Green Schools Assessor Visit

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Trish Kennedy from Fingal County Council visited Scoil Thomáis today, Friday 7th of February, to assess whether we have done enough to earn our first Green Flag for Litter and Waste. She met the Green Team of pupils, as well as the Green Schools teachers. Trish chatted with the children and was very impressed with how much work they have done in the school. The Green Schools teachers were very proud of the Green Team - how they presented themselves and how they answered all of Trish’s questions. They even sang Trish our Green Schools Song with no musical accompaniment! Trish was so impressed that she asked Ms McGarry could the Green Team have a night off homework someday soon! Trish then took a walk around the school, visiting the Compost Zone and school garden, the photocopier numbers, and the Green Schools Noticeboard, ending with a visit to Ms Murphy’s classroom to chat with her class about recycling. Trish told us she will write a glowing report on all that we have done and we’ll hopefully hear some good news from An Taisce in the coming weeks!

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 Well done to all of the pupils on the Green Team!

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A special thanks goes to Eamon our caretaker, Bríd Rush, as well as Ger and Kay our SNAs who have given immeasurable help to the Green Schools teachers!

Green School Update

In November our Green School Committee sent our application for our first Green Flag to An Taisce. We are awaiting a visit from the Green Flag Assessor and we expect this to take place over the coming weeks.

The Green School Committee of pupils and staff held their first meeting of 2014 on Tuesday 14th January and discussed plans for the coming term. The Committee is asking all classes to work extra hard to reduce the amount of recycling materials we place in the Green Bin. Suggestions to reduce waste packaging in lunches include: not using clingfilm/tinfoil in lunchbox and using a water flask or bottle that can be refilled each day.

The green team has also organised a competition to design a Scoil Thomáis Green School Mascot Logo. The winning entry will be used on all green school notes and posters in the future. Entries will be collected on the 30th January.

The Green Team are hard at work monitoring the bins in the classrooms and shared areas, checking that all waste is being disposed of in the correct bins. They also help empty the compost bins every Tuesday and Friday.

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We had a very successful 'No Photocopying' day on Thursday, 16th January. We plugged out the photocopiers for the day to help reduce our paper waste.

We now have a bookshelf full of old books on display down at the office. We are encouraging our pupils to take some of these books home to read. Thank you to Bríd in the office for organising this area.

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A Green Certificate

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Pupils from 6th Class proudly displaying our NCBI Certificate

We were delighted to receive a certificate along with a cheque for €525 from the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, acknowledging receipt of 105 bags of clothes from the staff and families of Scoil Thomáis. The money will be used to help with our campaign to be seen to be green in Scoil Thomáis - work towards earning our first green flag for litter and waste continues!

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