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Tree Day Tetra Pak Tree Day was celebrated on Thursday October 6th. On that day, all the classes in the school learned about our native trees. We went on nature walks and visited our Mini-Woodland. We all agreed that we need to collect newspapers again to put around the base of these trees to keep weeds under control. Annette Lynch is coming in to the school soon and we will dampen the newspapers and spread them around the trees.   We changed our school Seasonal Tree to Our Autumn Tree. 1st and 2nd Class made Autumn leaves in a variety of rustic colours and these have been placed on our Seasonal Tree and around the base of the tree. Other classes did Leaf Rubbings and learned how to distinguish between different leaves. 4th Class have started collecting acorns and will soon plant these in washed, dried out milk cartons. All classes learned about how our milk cartons are recycled and the process involved in this.
Our school currently has 5 Green Flags. We are working towards achieving  our 6th Green flag which is for Global Citizenship-Litter and Waste. The other five flags are for......        Waste Management        Energy Conservation        Water Conservation        Sustainable Travel        Biodiversity  Last year our school became a Global Citizenship School. This involves our whole school community learning about and acting upon global issues. Humanity is interdependent. By becoming a Global Citizenship School, our school is making a commitment to promote a more just, equitable and sustainable world for all. The work on our 6th Green Flag links in very closely with our work on Global Citizenship School.
Green Committee 2017/18 Chloe Olwill Oisín Yore Zara Donaghy Paddy Morris Ciarán Walsh Saoirse Martin Charlie Delerue Claire Smith Emilis Keinys Jessica Delerue Heidi Woods Callum Brady Hugh O’Reilly Oisín Farrelly Grace Travers Annette Lynch Annie Murphy Kerri Finnegan Zoe Farrelly Dervilla Finnegan Kasey Connell Charlie McGrath. Dylan Smith
Re-Use Month In our school, in connection with Re-Use month we participated in the following activities: We made a boat for End Poverty Day October 17th using recycled items. We decorated the boat by reusing a wide variety of materials. Infant Classes used left over photocopied pages for drawing. Some classes planted acorns in washed out milk cartons. Collecting newspapers to spread around the base of trees in our mini-woodland to keep weed growth under control. Cereal boxes, egg cartons, wool, coloured fabric(cut up jerseys), yoghurt cartons, circus tickets and flyers used for Aistear in Infant classes. Old socks were used to make puppets. Bottle tops and lids of jars used for sorting activities in Maths class. All classes are re-using school books through the school Book Rental scheme. Reusable battery collection boxes are used throughout the school. Old clothes and costumes sent in by parents are used in ‘pretend play corner’ in Infants. Old toys collected from families are used in Aistear activities in Infant classes. Bottles collected by 5th and 6th class are being used as percussion instruments. Christmas Play costumes are re-used annually. Children collected jerseys that they are finished with and donated them to Joe Morris. He is going to deliver them to children in Cape Town when he visits there on volunteer work in November.
Green Committee The Green Committee aims to direct and address all phases of the Green Schools Programme. It is the driving force of the programme. Our Green Committee is made up of representatives from each class, staff- teaching and non-teaching and a member of the community. We meet once a month. At these meetings, we discuss actions and targets involved in working towards our next Green Flag (Global Citizenship-Litter and Waste) while all the time maintaining the work carried out on previous themes. This year our focus is on: Raising awareness on how looking after our environment aids people all over the world; Promoting and facilitating ‘Active Citizenship’; Integrating the Global Citizenship Litter and Waste ethos into our wider Green-Schools programme; Making an improvement in the Litter and Waste management in our school. Green Notice Board All relevant Green Schools information is displayed on our Green Notice Board. This may  include an up to date Action Plan, Results of Surveys carried out in school and community and interesting articles in newspapers/magazines relevant to the current theme of Global Citizenship-Litter and Waste. Mini-Woodland All classes learned about the various native trees planted in our Mini-Woodland on Tree Day. Some classes went on a nature trail and collected some leaves and did Leaf Rubbings back in the classroom.
Caterpillars and Chrysalis Annette Lynch (Environmental Ranger) recently visited our school. She showed all classes some caterpillars in one jar and some chrysalis under the lid of another jar. She is going to keep us posted on future development of the chrysalis.
Congratulations to all the pupils  and teachers at Carnaross on being awarded Level 5 in Pride of Place awards for their school garden .’ Special thanks to parents Breda Wyse and Derek Mc Inerney for their kind support!
Senior classes busy planting!
Infant flower boxes
2nd Class Herb garden