Green Schools Flag

This year we will be working towards our first Green Schools flag for Litter and Waste.

Junior & Senior Infants win the Clean Class Club Competition this week

15th March 2013
22nd March 2013
3rd May 2013
Joint winners 21st June 2013
Well done Junior and Senior Infants, you did a great job keeping your classroom clean.

First & Second class won the Clean Class Club on
19th April 2013
31st May 2013
Joint winners 7th June 2013
Joint winners 21st June 2013
Well done First & Second Class, you did a great job keeping your classroom clean.

Third & Fourth Class win the Clean Class Club Competition this week

8th March 2013
26th April 2013
24th May 2013
Joint winners 7th June 2013
Joint winners 14th June 2013
Joint winners 21st June 2013
Well done Third & Fourth Class, you did a great job keeping your classroom clean.
You won the competition six times – you are the overall winners.

Fifth & Sixth class win the Clean Class Club on
12th April 2013
10th May 2013
17th May 2013
Joint winners 14th June 2013
Joint winners 21st June 2013
Well done Fifth & Sixth Class, you did a great job keeping your classroom clean.

The Community Warden from Westmeath County Council, Larry Murphy, visited our school and spoke to the children about the importance of caring for the environment.
Topics included

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Litter and waste – how litter and waste is created.

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Landfill sites and the importance of reducing litter and waste.

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Reduce, reuse and recycle

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Raising awareness that dog fouling is litter.

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Developing citizenship – we have a collective responsibility to care for the environment.

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Increasing awareness that each individual has a responsibility to protect the environment.

Eoin McCormack in 5th class entered the Environmental Awareness Competition and won. He won a Rubbish Monster Puppet show to raise awareness of litter and waste for the whole school, a €25 voucher for himself and his picture will appear in the 2013/2014 calendar.

Congratulations Eoin! We are all looking forward to the Puppet show and seeing his art work in the calendar.

Streamstown National School has entered the Pride of Place Eco Friendly Schools Competition 2013.
Our aims and objectives are as follows:

Aims

  • Streamstown National School aims to actively promote a sustainable school by consuming less energy, water and materials and to produce less waste.
  • We aim to create a healthier environment in which to learn and encourage the care of the school and the environment.
  • Due to on-going construction work in our school our future aim is to create a flower garden with native species of flowers and develop a vegetable plot.

Objectives

  • To reduce energy, water and material consumption and to produce less waste by examining current practices in the school, developing new initiatives and planning for the future.
  • To foster environmental awareness in our school by encouraging a sense of citizenship and leadership among the school community.
  • To extend this awareness to the wider community through the pupils’ learning.
  • To link with the wider community and by participating in Tidy Town initiatives and engaging with Westmeath County Council.

The pupils and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the Rubbish Monster Puppet Show on 16th May 2013. It was exciting, entertaining and educational. You can get rid of the Rubbish Monster by sorting your rubbish and recycling it. If you don’t know how to do this ask the pupils of Streamstown National School. They are recycling experts.

Chewing Gum Litter Awareness Project 2013

Project Description.

  • The pupils of 5th and 6th surveyed their class and discovered that 87% of the pupils threw their chewing gum away when they were finished with it and did not dispose of it properly.
  • The pupils completed the lessons downloaded from www.chewitbinit.ie. The lessons raised awareness of the importance of disposing of chewing gum properly.

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  • The class went on a field trip to the local community centre to survey the amount of chewing gum on the ground. They wore high visibility jackets with the ‘Bin it’ logo so that the community would know why they were examining the ground. The class was divided into groups of 4, each group had a different piece of coloured chalk to circle chewing gum on the ground. The group that identified the most chewing gum won the competition.

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In the car park alone, the pupils identified approx.180 pieces of gum. They were surprised and shocked at the amount of chewing gum in such a small area. The pupils also stated that they had not noticed the chewing gum on the car park before this competition. Now they are very aware of it.

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The pupils completed a questionnaire to assess what they had learned. 100% of the pupils now understand that throwing chewing gum on the ground is littering and that chewing gum on the ground is a huge problem. They all agreed that we should ‘chew it, wrap it and bin it’.

Outcomes of the Project.

  • The pupils were more aware of the importance of disposing of chewing gum properly.
  • They understood that chewing gum is not biodegradable and is very difficult and expensive to remove.
  • The pupils realised that it is an offence to throw chewing gum on the ground.
  • They understood that they have a responsibility to share their knowledge with others so that they can play their part in preserving our natural environment.

Chew it, wrap it and bin it!

Green Day