Green Schools

Bracken ETNS has been involved with the An Taisce Green Schools Programme and we are very proud to have earned two separate Green Flags to date for our work in the following areas:

• Litter & Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
• Energy – Conserving Energy

 

Our current theme is Water, which is the third theme of the Green Schools Programme. The Water Theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this vital resource in our schools and at home.

 

Green Schools Committee

The Green Schools committee consists of 28 students from 1st – 6th class, 3 teachers and a SNA representative. Our committee meet regularly to discuss our Green Schools Targets, our Duties and to obtain information about Water Conservation which we can relay to our individual classes.

Below is the list of our Committee Members and their duties for the year 2018/2019

Class Name Job Day
1st1 Yoel Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
1st 1 Bianca Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
1st 2 Aoife Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
1st 2 Paul Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
2nd 1 Pola Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
2nd 1 Ameya Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
2nd 2 Glen Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
2nd 2 Greta Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
2nd 3 Sharon Red Eye Spy/Leak Monitors/ Poster Makers Daily
3rd 1 Sarah Paper Bins 3rd Wednesday / Friday
3rd 1 Yanik Paper Bins 3rd Wednesday / Friday
3rd 2 Eoin Litter Picker *As needed
3rd 2 Carly Litter Picker *As needed
4th 1 Suzanna “Water Wednesday” Announcements Wednesday
4th 1 John Data Collector *As needed
4th 1 Zain Paper Bins 4th Wednesday / Friday
4th 2 Nikola Paper Bins 4th Wednesday / Friday
4th 2 Ali Data Collector *As needed
5th 1 Mayo Paper Bins 5th / “Water Wednesday” Announcements Wednesday / Friday
5th 1 Nadia Paper Bins 5th Wednesday / Friday
5th 2 Taoheed Photocopying Rooms Paper bins Wednesday / Friday
5th 2 Nicolas Photocopying Rooms Paper bins Wednesday / Friday
6th 1 Tyrese Messengers *As needed
6th 1 Ryan Messengers *As needed
6th 1 Séan Q Head Litter Picker *As needed
6th 2 Wictoria Secretary / Paper Bins 6th Wednesday / Friday
6th 2 Mustafa Paper Bins 6th Wednesday / Friday

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Curriculum Work 

We have really enjoyed learning about water in Bracken. Here’s an example of what we learned about:

 

Class Activity
Jnr and Snr Infants ·       Planting Seeds

·       Ways to use water

·       Experiment: A tornado in a bottle

1st and 2nd ·       Uses of water

·       Acrostic poems

·       Importance of Conserving water lesson

·       Experiment: Design a boat

3rd and 4th ·       The water cycle

·       Investigating River pollution

·       The uses and dangers of water

·       Experiment : Creeping Colours

·       Water experiment – oil and water to create a lava lamp

 

5th and 6th ·       Air and Water power – renewable energy

·       Water pollution

·       Experiment: How to create clean water

Water Wednesday 

Bracken ETNS held our Day of Action for the Green Schools Water Flag on Wednesday 27th February.  A wide range of activities was planned in each of the classrooms based on our water theme.  These included conducting science experiments, taking part in team quizzes and debates, completing maths problems, engaging in art activities, playing games as Gaeilge and learning how to plant and water seeds in Aistear!

We also announced the winners and runners up in the Green Schools poster competition. Well done to everyone who took part! Keep an eye out around the school and around some of the local shops in Balbriggan town- who have kindly agreed to display some of our posters to raise awareness.

Our Day of Action was a great success and helped us learn even more about the importance of water conservation. Remember our Green Schools code:

“Be a Water Warrior: Conserve Water!”

Here are some pictures from Water Wednesday:

 

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Poster Competition 

In order to raise awareness of water conservation in our school we participated in the Green Schools  and Irish Water Poster competition. The theme of the competition was Water Conservation. We received many entries and there was tough competition. Here are the winners with their posters and prizes.

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