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It is with great pleasure that we announce our success in our application for our fifth Green Schools flag, the Biodiversity flag. We received this flag via post today, however the official award ceremony will not take place until September of the new school year 2021/22.

An Taisce commended the boys and girls of Knockainey National School and their dedication to the Green Schools initiative over the last 10 years.

It is acknowledged that our application was submitted well in advance of the end of June deadline and it was of a very high standard.

Cathy Baxter, Green Schools Manager stated that the work that we are doing, which was evident through our application and on our website, is truly

Many thanks to all for your continued support.
Le Meas,

The Green School Committee.

Biodiversity Week 2020

For the months of April and May, students in the younger rooms – Juniors to Second have been patiently observing the magical process of metamorphosis unfold before their very eyes.

Mr.Cleary, Mrs.Conway and Ms. Morris welcomed five new additions into their classroom in the form of five hungry caterpillars.

These caterpillars grew significantly over the course of ten days, at which point
they began to form their chrysalises and begin the metamorphosis process. The children anxiously waited for two weeks for butterflies to emerge and were very lucky to witness this magical process unfold, with some even been caught on camera. This was an amazing experience for both the pupils and staff. During National Biodiversity Week, we set our 15 Painted Ladies free.

Many thanks to all the children involved for keeping a close eye on the caterpillars and keeping us all update on their progress.

Well done to all and many thanks for your continued support,
The Green School Committee.

Green Flag – Biodiversity. Meet our new classmates!!!

Today we welcomed 15 tiny caterpillars into the younger classrooms. We look forward to watching these caterpillars grow over the next couple of weeks and watching the metamorphosis process unfold.

This will be a great experience for the children to witness. Stay tuned!!!

The Bug Hotel sign arrived today. I think you will all agree that it looks amazing. Well done to the winning entry of the create a Bug Hotel sign competition.

Green Schools Fundraiser

Well done to all who contributed to our fundraiser today. We collected a total of €300. This money will be divided equally between Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park. We hope that our donation will help the zoos during these difficult times. Pictured are the Green School Committee members.

The Green School Committee look forward to updating you on our application for our fifth Green School flag, the biodiversity flag in the the coming weeks.

Many thanks to you all for your continous support. Wishing you all a Happy Easter.

Le Meas,

The Green School Committee

Green Schools – Week 2

Knockainey Green Schools

Well done to all who completed last week’s activities. We received some lovely pictures of you with your completed projects. This week we have set out two more activities for you to complete. Please share photos of you completing these activities and send them to either or and we will be delighted to share them on the school website for all to see.

Activity One

Make a necklace bird feeder to hang on a tree/shrub.

Make the following bird feeder necklace using your leftover food. Place out in the garden. Then sit well back and wait. Record any birds that enter the garden and eat from your bird feeder necklace. You may have to research and look up some of the birds to find out their names.

Activity Two

Make a footprint trap to discover what animals visit your garden at night.

Keep up all the fantastic work that you are doing and don’t forget to go outside, enjoy the fine weather, have fun and make lots of memories with your family.

Keep Safe & Best Wishes,

The Green School Committee.

Green School – Activities for Outdoors

We the Green School Committee hope you are well and that you are enjoying the fine weather we have had over the last few weeks. As you are all aware, we are currently in the first year of a two-year process to achieve our fifth green flag, the biodiversity flag. We, the Green School committee wanted to share some Green Schools resources with you all so that we can continue our learning around the theme of Biodiversity. The following is a link for a PowerPoint on this theme.

We hope you would share this resource with you son/daughter and encourage them to discuss the recent visits of Geoff Hunt to our school. While visiting our school Geoff completed a lesson on trees with the 5th & 6th, made a bug hotel with the 4th class and explored the theme of birds with the younger classes. In addition to this, Ms.Morris’ class, with the help of Ms.Morris, Mrs.Davern, Mrs.Conway and Niall our caretaker, planted some wildflower seeds. Unfortunately, we have not been able to return to the school to see the fruits of our labour.

Following on from this, we hope to provide you on a regular basis, with some lovely hands on, outdoor activities for you to do with your child. These activities will keep our students involved and engaged with the theme of Biodiversity. We would love to see and will share on our website images of the children engaging with these activities.

Activity 1:- Seedling Plant Pots

Age Group: Junior Primary

A step-by-step guide on how to make your own seedling plant pots. All you need is a scissors, loo roll tubes and a marker. It’s very easy and can be completed by young children. Give loo roll tubes a second use and save money on buying new plant pots to sow your seeds in.

Activity 2:- Bug Hotel

Age Group: Junior & Senior Primary

A step-by-step guide on how to make your very own miniature DIY Bug Hotel. All you need is a scissors, string and three plastic bottles and to go foraging for dried autumn debris. It’s very easy and can be completed by young children with the help of an adult or older child.

A more difficult version for the older pupils can be found on this link.

Well done to all who completed last week’s activities. We received some lovely pictures of you with your completed projects. Many thanks for sharing these pictures with us.

Please Stay tuned to our website for next weeks activities 🙂

Green Schools Committee

Green Schools

On Friday, Geoff Hunt visited our school. He met with the Green Flag Committee to discuss the implementation of our next green flag – biodiversity. He identified the areas that we need to work on as a school to achieve this flag. We did a survey of the trees we have on the grounds of the school and identified areas that need development. Many thanks to Geoff for his advice and guidance in this process.