Fáilte ar ais!
A big welcome to all our families and especially our new Junior Infants. Here’s wishing us all a positive and happy new year together for 2015/16.
Catherine Groves, Principal
We held our first Green Schools committee meeting today after lunch. We have boys and girls from Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class representing their classes on the committee. It was a great meeting. We shared lots of ideas and information and look forward to sharing these with you back in the classroom and at home.
Central Model Infants’ School have already been awarded four Green Schools flags for Litter and Waste, Energy, Water and Travel. This year, we are going to begin work on getting our fifth flag – for Biodiversity.
Biodiversity is all things that are alive on planet Earth, such as trees, flowers, animals and insects.
We are very lucky to have a beautiful school garden. The Committee discussed how can encourage plants and animals to live there and some great suggestions were put forward:
– Water the plants so that they will grow.
– Grow more fruit – we already have an apple tree.
– Grow more vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes and peppers – we already have potatoes garlic growing there.
– Don’t litter! Throw your rubbish in the bin!
– Be careful not to step on flowers/plants and don’t pick them.
– Be careful not to step on insects.
It was suggested that we give a questionnaire to some of the children in each class to find out what they know about biodiversity. We discussed what questions should be in this.
- Have you ever heard of the term ‘biodiversity’?
- What do you think “biodiversity” means?
- Can you name ten things that grow in our garden?
- List the names of any kind of flower that you have seen in our school.
- Why do we need flowers?
- Sometimes bees visit the flowers in our garden. Why do bees like flowers?
- Are bees important? Why?
- Do you know the name of any trees in our school?
- Why do we need trees?
- Do you know the names of any birds that visit our school?
- Can you name any insects that you might find in the ‘Bug Hotel’ in the garden?
- What do insects in our garden eat?
- Why are worms and ants important?
- What can we do to keep our garden safe?
Helen picked some blackberries at Malahide Castle last Wednesday and made delicious coulis with them. She gave us all ice cream and coulis to celebrate our first committee meeting of the year and to mark the start of our work towards achieving the Green Schools Flag for Biodiversity! YUMMY!! Thanks Helen!
We look forward to our next committee meeting and working hard for our flag for Biodiversity. We know that all children and parents from the school will work really hard too!