News June 2023 - Green Schools Flag Awarded
Fantastic news as our application for our fifth Green Schools Flag has been successful!! We received a highly commended grade for all our efforts. A massive thank you to everyone involved, especially our Green Schools Committee. It has been a great journey of learning and appreciation of our environment and the importance of promoting biodiversity within our environment. We had the opportunity to raise our flag at the Graduation Ceremony that took part in June. Special guests were our Chairperson Fr. Milton and our esteemed neighbour and local farmer Mr. Dermot Winston.
News February 2023 - Year 2 of our Green Schools Biodiversity Initiative
The school community has been very busy over the last few weeks putting our Green Schools Action Plan into motion. Following on from the habitat mapping, completed by Ms. Malone's class, opportunities to improve biodiversity measures in the school were identified by pupils throughout the school. The Green Schools Committee liaised with the pupils of the school to create our new School Action Plan for Biodiversity. This includes some of the following measures with each class taking on specific responsibilities
Building a bug hotel
Creating a wild space
Creating a log/leaf pile as a habitat for insects
Creating bird feeders and bird boxes
Creating a herb bed for pollinators
Creating flower beds and boxes to attract pollinators
News : January 2023 - YEAR 2 of our Green Schools Biodiversity Initiative
We have already been working hard to ensure that all the great work achieved during our previous Green Schools Initiatives continues. A renewed focus on litter/ waste, energy usages in the school and also greener transport choices has enabled to get off to a great start this year. Members of the Green Schools Committee having been working hard, since last year, gathering and collating all the data from our Biodiversity Survey and generating the Habitat Map of the school. Now that the majority of groundworks have been completed, our next step is to generate ideas for the School Action Plan to improve the school communities awareness and ability to promote biodiversity in the locality. There will be a hive of activity over the coming weeks and we are looking forward to setting some goals and trying to reach these over the coming months.
News June 2022 - A new flag initiative - Biodiversity Flag - YEAR 1
We are well underway with the initial work to gain our fifth flag which is the Biodiversity Flag. We have elected a Green Schools Committee, which consists of pupils from 1st class to 6th class. We have also completed the initial student survey to gauge our understanding of what Biodiversity is about. We have set up our Green School's Noticeboard to keep the school community informed on our progress. Finally we have begun our educational programme of learning on the area of Biodiversity and some of the classes were lucky enough to complete a Tree Workshop with Robert from An Taisce. The children from 2nd and 3rd class really enjoyed learning about our native trees.
News October 2021 :Raising of our Fourth Green Schools Flag
News June 2020: Ballymurray NS Awarded 4th Green Schools Flag
News February 2020: Green Schools Idling Initiative