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.

Walk On Wednesday

This coming week 14th – 18th of May is National Walk to School Week. The Green School Committee, supported by the Active Flag Committee wish to encourage all pupils to participate and either walk, park ‘n’ stride or car-pool to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of this wonderful initiative.

Wednesday 16th of May is National WOW day and it is hoped that over 20,000 pupils will make an attempt to walk some distance on that day – 35,000 students walked on WOW Day in 2017.

To mark National WOW Day , we are encouraging pupils, all staff and parents to wear a wacky item of footwear, for example odd shoes or odd socks and walk from the community centre on the morning of the 16th May.

We wish to thank you for your continued participation in WOW –Walk on Wednesday.

Spring Clean 2018

On Monday the 30th of April, all pupils of Knockainey National School took part in the Annual Spring Clean.

All classes were designated an area within Knockainey Village and set to work picking up any litter they could find. A large sign and two bags of rubbish, {four bags in total} were gathered consisting of rubbish plucked from ditches, picked from the side of footpaths and collected from around the community centre and the church.

Well done to all pupils who took part and well done to the Knockainey community for keeping our village so pristine.

Walk On Wednesday – WOW

The Green School Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and students who are participating in WOW- Walk on Wednesday.

Not only are you decreasing your Carbon Footprint but you are also increasing your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as spending important quality time with your children. It has been noted by teachers that students are happier and more alert in class as a result of this early morning exercise. We will for the remainder of this school year be continuing with WOW, but we also encourage pupils and parents to consider to park ‘n’ stride on other days when/if the fine weather ever appears.

Before we began WOW, 0% of pupils were making any attempt to walk/ park ‘ n’ stride. We now have over 70% of the pupils parking at the community centre and walking to school with a further 17% coming on the school bus and 2% walking from their homes. This means that 89% of the school population are making an attempt to lower their carbon footprint on their journey to school on a Wednesday. Every little bit helps!!!
The Green School Committee would like to thank all pupils, parents, and staff for their continued support and to keep up the good work. We look forward to further Transport Flag initiatives in the coming months and the next school year.

Don’t forget to recycle & reuse, be energy aware and conserve water. We want to keep the three flags we have and hopefully, add to the collection with the Transport Flag next year.