Killavullen NS
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The best solution, reduce air polluton!

We are currently working on the Green Flag for Travel, and are halfway through the two year process. Last year, our committee emailed Cork County Council and started a process that led to the school receiving a new Bike Shelter last June which you can read more about below. This year, in year two we are looking at Cycle Workshops, mapping the best routes to walk and cycle to school, expanding our Walk on Wednesdays and more – watch this space!

GREEN SCHOOLS COMMITTEE

Our Green School Committee is made up of pupils from 3rd to 6th Class. They work hard to promote physical activity in our school. We have held socially distanced meetings to discuss and plan upcoming events and Green School Week. 

Our Green School Committee are involved in:

  • Helping to plan Green School events
  • Sharing Green School announcements on the intercom
  • Speaking to classes about our Green Schools events and bringing ideas to committee meetings
  • Organising and judging Gren School competitions, such as our slogan competition and fancy dress
  • Encouraging everyone to think of our planet! 🙂

NOTICE BOARD

We use our Green School noticeboard to display the great work done in our school.  At the start of our renewal process, we held a competition throughout the school to find our new Travel Flag slogan. The response to the slogan competition was a great success with almost 30 entries. Well done to 6th class pupil for coming up with the winning entry. The winning slogan, and one we will hear over and over again this year, is very appropriate as we strive to add to our Green Flag collection. 

The best solution, reduce air polluton!

BIKE SHELTER CAMPAIGN – May & June

Earlier this year our committee petitioned for a bike rack and emailed Cork County Council starting a process that led to the school receiving a new Bike Shelter in June of this year. The committee had been working behind the scenes on our fourth flag – the Travel Flag. Jennifer, our new Green Flag Officer visited us recently to help conduct a Travel and Speed audit. It  proved to be informative and fun as we watched drivers’ reactions to the speed gun!! A few days later, two trucks and a lorry pulled up outside K.N. S. and five men spent a couple of hours erecting our long awaited cycle rack. Imagine our excitement when we saw eight bicycles on day 2. A big thank you to Kate, Evelyn, Sara, Max and Alex who are going to secondary school in September, for all their hard work on behalf of the green flag committee!

Walk on Wednesdays! – September

WOW! What a great start to the year two of our Travel Flag campaign. We teamed up with the Active Flag committee and were thrilled at the enthusiasm shown for the Walk on Wednesdays, and delighted with the turn out no matter what the weather. Well done to all for taking part! 

Our Walk on Wednesdays ran from September to the end of October, with teachers donning their hi-vis vests and walking to school with the pupils from three drop-off points around the village. As the year continues, we hope to see pupils choosing to keep active and adding to their daily steps on their morning commute.

ROAD SAFETY, CYCLE RIGHT AND CLIMATE ACTION WEEK – October

Following on from our Bicycle Safety workshop with An Taisce’s Jennifer Cooney, the committee registered all classes from 1st -6th  for the Cork Primary Schools’ Road Safety Webinar with Cork County Council, Members of An Garda Síochána and Cork Sports Partnership. It was very informative and a good reminder of how to keep safe on our very busy roads. We hope to hold a Cycle Right workshop in the school yard, later in the year.

   To mark Climate Action week, the committee also gave a short presentation at assembly. They wanted to encourage everyone to keep the climate conversation alive and take the next step in their climate action journey, by sharing Climate pledges. They range from ‘Stop Food Waste’ to ‘GIY’ to ‘Ditch the Disposables.’ Can you come up with your own?

The best solution, reduce air polluton!

Winter Wonderland – December

We decided to join forces with the Students’ Council in December. While they raised badly needed funds for Alone by organising a Christmas Jumper Day, we organised a Walk in Wonderland. There is no more accessible means of travel than simply walking! What a sight to behold as everyone trekked along the old railway line, in great glee, celebrating the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ The classes were greeted by elves who checked the names on the Naughty and Nice list. They met storytellers and Mrs Claus. Even The Grinch put in an appearance. It was great to hear Christmas carols being sung along the way, on a lovely crisp morning. We hope everyone had fun in the fresh air and thanks to 5th/6th class who helped to make it a very enjoyable experience. Click the gallery for photos of different classes or track 3rd class on the trail in the video below!

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