Please Remember our Ballagh National School Green Code:

“LEAVE THE CAR, COME WITH US.

JUMP ABROAD THE WALKING BUS!

 

Weather permitting we hope to hold a WOW before or directly after the Midterm break from Niamh Hanley’s house..more information will issue via Text a Parent.

 

Recent Walk to School Commendation Award Winners

Come rain or shine the following pupils are making great “strides” to walk to school….well done to our Junior pupils for reducing their carbon footprint even in the most inclement weather conditions.

 

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We hope to shortly recommence our Walk to School initiative and we would love to see plenty of people walking to school  everyday or join us on our WOW Days….please remember safety comes first:

1,2,3, Safe Cross,

4,5,6, Safe Cross,

1,2,3,4,5,6, Safe Cross Code

Remember, one, look for a safe place

two, don’t hurry, stop and wait,

three, look all around and listen before you cross the road,

remember, four, let all the traffic pass you

five, then walking straight across you

six, keep watching,

that’s the Safe Cross Code!!!!!

 

 

Our New Year ‘Bike to School’ tips from Green Schools Ireland

Travel theme

As many of us already know, cycling is a great form of exercise; an efficient form of travel; and a useful way to wake up and gear up for the day ahead. If you received a new bike for Christmas or have set a resolution to cycle to school this year, beginning to cycle for the first time can be a nervous yet exciting experience especially for Cycle on Wednesday Days!

Some of you may have received new bicycles for Christmas but, new or used, always ensure your bike is in working order before beginning a journey.  Check your brakes work, the tyres are the correct pressure, the chain is nicely greased and that your gears work – if you have them. Oh and don’t forget to bring your lock to keep your bike nice and safe at school.

If you are new to cycling to school then you may want to think about, and plan, your journey. A useful way of getting familiar with your route and confident is to cycle with someone more experienced. Alternatively, you may want to cycle on a quieter day e.g. Saturday or Sunday.

Cycle mindfully – by this I mean: be aware of your surroundings and never take for granted that people can see you or know what you are going to do and vice versa. Always cycle responsibly (respect the rules of the road) and safely.  If you have to cycle on a footpath at any part of your journey to school remember you are the guest and always give priority to pedestrians.

Cycle your way – be it cycling in your school uniform, cycling a racer to cycling a BMX, it is really important that you cycle your way and enjoy how you do.

If you can’t cycle to school then don’t be disheartened, there are many ways to enjoy the bicycle e.g. socially with your friends; as a sport – join a club and or go mountain biking or on your school holidays.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Laoise & Micheala on winning 1st Place for the travel / green code slogan competition. This is our new Green Code:
LEAVE THE CAR, COME WITH US.
JUMP ABROAD THE WALKING BUS!
Well done to all pupils who worked so hard on their travel slogans.

Our next Walk on Wednesday will be on 10th May 2017 at 9.05am from Niamh Hanley’s house

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Dear School Community,

This year we are working hard towards obtaining our fourth green flag. Our theme is based on Travel. We have worked hard in the past on the Green Schools themes of “Litter” and “Energy”  “Water” and we continue to maintain these themes.

We have a committee to represent all our hard work and to help think up ideas on how to travel to school in an eco-friendly manner.

We monitor our modes of transport to school and we are currently working on the Environmental Review and Action plan for the Travel theme. We hope to hold some Action Days in the future and we have lots of exciting activities planned. We realise Climate Change is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by all nations. We are willing to make a contribution within our school and community. As part of our Curriculum and Greenschools work we have completed fieldwork with the help of Gillian Banahan and Caitriona our Green Schools Travel Coordinator. Recently, we went a wonderful walkability audit and SESE walk in the locality to assess where we might locate our park and stride location for our WALK ON WEDNESDAY initiative.

There are seven steps to our Green Schools project:

  1. Select a Green Schools Committee.
  2. Environmental Review
  3. Action Plan
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation.
  5. Curriculum Work
  6. Informing and Involving.
  7. Green Code.

 

Remember:

 

‘Walk, you’ll save fuel and you’ll feel cool!’

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Dear School Community,

This year we are working hard towards obtaining our third green flag. Our theme is based on Water. We have worked hard in the past on the Green Schools themes of “Litter” and “Energy” and we continue to maintain these themes.

We have a committee to represent all our hard work and to help think up ideas on how to save water.

We monitor our water meter at school regularly. We record the reading and make sure we have no leaks. We also carry out spot checks on taps and toilets every single day to make sure nobody is wasting water.

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Each committee member and our “Guzzler and Aqua Monitors” have special jobs on a daily/weekly basis.

  • To check taps and make sure they are off and not dripping.
  • Check the water meter.
  • Report any leaks.
  • Carry out spot checks on energy saving and appliances.
  • Read our electricity metre.
  • Reading report actual readings to Miriam for our bills.
  • Maintain recycling and compost bins.
  • Inform other classes of our progress.

 

Every year when we start our Green Schools project we pick a motto or Green Code.

Our Green Code for water is:

“Rap, rap turn off the tap-water is a priceless treasure, save it with pleasure!”

 

There are seven steps to our Green Schools project:

  1. Select a Green Schools Committee.
  2. Environmental Review
  3. Action Plan
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation.
  5. Curriculum Work
  6. Informing and Involving.
  7. Green Code.