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.

Raising the Green Flag!!

For the last two years Knockainey National School have been working hard in the hope of achieving their 4th green flag, whilst also maintaining the previous three flags of Litter and Waste, Water and Energy. This May we received word that not only had we been successful in keeping our previous three flags but we had also achieved the 4th green flag, the travel flag for our school. A wonderful achievement for all.

It had been a busy journey to achieve this flag, with transport surveys being carried out on a weekly basis, friendly banter over the Golden Boot on the yard as well as among the staff in the staffroom, wacky feet days, clothing collections, battery collections, Walk on Wednesdays, Spring Cleans, recycling competitions, road safety competitions, National Tree Day as well as many other initiatives. We started with only 31% travelling green to school and in Term 2 of this year we had 93% travelling green. A massive improvement. Well done to all.

On 21st of June we raised our 4th Green Flag. A great day was had by all. Here are some photographs of the official raising of our flag.

Míle Buiochas do gach duine. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

Green Flag

On Tuesday 14th of May, four members of the Green Flag committee travelled to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island Cork.

They were presented with their fourth green flag, the travel flag. A lovely day was had.

Well done to all pupils, staff and parents on this wonderful achievememt.

A special thank you to the Green Flag committee which is made up of Oisín Lunn, Sophie Teahan, Orán O Carroll, Eliza Terren Hogan, Sam Mitchell, Aoibhe Madden, Tadhg Keane, Matthew Daly, Mrs.Conway, Mrs.Davern, Niall Malone, Elaine Teahan and Therese Lynch.

Cnoc Aine is our name the brat glás is our aim.

Feeding the Birds

Mrs. Davern’s Senior Infants and First Class recently learnt about some popular Irish garden birds.They enjoyed learning the names and characteristics of these common birds that visit their gardens. Following on from this they made some bird buns, from seeds and gelatine and some cheerio shapes. They had lots of messy fun. Here is hoping that the small birds enjoy these tasty treats.

Don’t forget to feed the birds during any cold weather conditions.

Clean Ireland

On the 18th of January, Sarah from “Clean Ireland”, visited the school to discuss the importance of recycling with the children from 2nd Class up. During the session, the children learned many interesting facts and encountered some shocking statistics. All pupils were given the opportunity to participate in a hands on game, where they had to put their litter and waste knowledge into practice, deciding on how best to dispose of various items. Many thanks to Sarah and “Clean Ireland” for providing a fantastic service.

Cnoc Áine is our name, the Brat Glas is our aim.

Cycling Certificates

Recently the fifth and sixth class took part in cycling lessons. They learned how to cycle correctly on the road, obey road signs, use the correct hand signals and many other important skills. On the last day of the cycling lessons the boys and girls put these skills into use when they cycled on the roads around Knockainey village. The pupils also received a certificate after they had completed the lessons.

Cycle Right with John Clancy

On the 13th of September Mr. John Clancy began cycling lessons with the pupils of 5th and 6th class. This initiative is part funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and also An Taisce. It helps to improve pupils cycling abilities whilst also making them a competent and safer cyclist on the road. This cycling awareness training course will be carried out over the duration of 6 weeks and will involve both practical and theory lessons. Remember cycling is a method of sustainable transport, thus lessening our carbon footprint. It is also good for the mind and body. So everybody get cycling.

National Tree Day

On the 3rd of October, Limerick Football Representatives, Katie Heelan and Debbie Carroll planted a Guelder Rose Tree for National Tree Day which was celebrated on the 4th of October. This tree was supplied by the National Tree Council of Ireland and well serve as a constant reminder of the great success of the Limerick Ladies Football team 2018. Nuture our children’s skills and they will grow!!
Cnoc Aine is our name, the brat glas is our aim.