Green flag presentation in Castlebar

24 06 2013

On the 28th of May Behy received there 6th Green flag.The team this year was Global Citizenship.Behy are now the first school in all of Mayo to have there 6th Green flag.It was a day full of excitement and happiness and Behy really deserved it.

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Green flag letters

19 04 2013

Add your letters here that you are writing for the Green flag. Your letters will be sent to:

Mayo TD’s (Teachta Dáil)

Mayo County Council

Mayo County Councillors from Ballina area

Ballina Town Council and Mayor of Ballina

Ballina Chamber of Commerce

Ballina Tidy Town Limited

Environment section Mayo County Council

Litter Warden from Ballina area

Western People newspaper




Green Schools Committee: Minutes of Meeting: 19/12/12 (17th- 21st December 2012)

11 12 2012

Wednesday 19th December 2012/2:00- 2: 30 p.m.

Committee members present:

6th class: Caolan Mc Donnell, Natasha Garrett, Cillian Boylan, Tegan Browne  5th class: Conor Mc Carron, Isabella Healy  4th class: Oisin Mc Carron,  Micheala Demeter  3rd class: Cian Meyerink (Absent), Kenneth Mitchell (Sub) Sophie Healy  2nd class: Brian Bohan, Emma Mc Nulty 1st class: Rory Meyerink (Absent), Tyrek Clarke (Sub) Milly Sheridan

  • This will be the last Green Schools Committee on Global Citizenship meeting of 2012.



Green Schools Committee: Minutes of Meeting: 5/12/12 (3rd- 7th December 2012)

11 12 2012

Wednesday 5th December 2012/2:00- 2: 30 p.m.

Committee members present:

6th class: Caolan Mc Donnell, Natasha Garrett, Cillian Boylan, Tegan Browne  5th class: Conor Mc Carron, Isabella Healy  4th class: Oisin Mc Carron,  Micheala Demeter  3rd class: Cian Meyerink (Absent), Kenneth Mitchell (Sub) Sophie Healy  2nd class: Brian Bohan, Emma Mc Nulty 1st class: Rory Meyerink (Absent), Tyrek Clarke (Sub) Milly Sheridan

  • We collected and organised all the art for the  Ballina Arts Centre ‘Climate Justice: What a wonderful world’ competition. We decided to create an exhibition of the artwork and invited all children in the school to see it in the storage prefab. There are many beautiful drawings, paintings, clay- models and constructions and even videos created.
  • We then judged the artwork  to decide what was best to enter into the competition. Some children wrote comments of what they thought on sticky post-it and stuck it on the artwork. The winners we decided on are: 2nd class- Aimeee Rouse, 3rd class: Eloise Mitchell, 4th class: Séan Allen, 5th class: Maddie Mahony, 6th class: Ciara Casey. The overall winner is Ciara Casey(see picture below). An honourable mention goes to Klaudia Szwarc on her video about sustainability.
  • In the Mayo County Council Christmas tree decoration competition, children created some wonderful artwork from recycled materials.  The winner of the overall best decoration is Nathen Blanquier (see picture below). We are hanging all our decorations on the Christmas tree this week!
  • As part of Green Schools Global Citizenship, we are continuing with charitable work within the school. Every Christmas we ask children to bring in food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas food appeal. Children are encouraged to bring in food items and leave under the Christmas tree. One item being asked for is breakfast cereal.
  • Teresa our school secretary has offered to give demonstrations to our committee on Candle- making. Teresa uses soy wax in her scented candles which is environmentally friendly and very clean to burn. The soy wax burns slowly which is very sustainable. Also Teresa is reusing and recycling shredded paper to use in her Christmas hampers which is excellent.

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  • Next committee meeting is Wednesday 19th December 2012

 




Green Schools Committee: Minutes of Meeting: 21/11/12 (19th- 23rd November 2012)

11 12 2012

Green Schools committee: Minutes of meeting

Wednesday 21st November 2012/2:00- 2: 30 p.m.

Committee members present:

6th class: Caolan Mc Donnell, Natasha Garrett, Cillian Boylan, Tegan Browne  5th class: Conor Mc Carron, Isabella Healy  4th class: Oisin Mc Carron,  Micheala Demeter  3rd class: Cian Meyerink, Sophie Healy  2nd class: Brian Bohan, Emma Mc Nulty 1st class: Rory Meyerink, Milly Sheridan

  • This week is European Week for Waste reduction (19th- 27th November 2012). We are making a special effort to reduce, reuse and recycle within the school. We are progressing on reducing our waste, reusing (paper, cardboard) and recycling (plastic bottles, shredded paper). A lot of materials are reused in our art competition.
  • Children are working on their art for the ‘Climate Justice: What a wonderful world’ competition with many beautiful drawings, paintings, clay- models and constructions already created. Teachers and pupils are encouraged to continue creating artwork. The deadline for the competition is Friday 7th December. We will judge the artwork  at our next committee meeting and decide what to enter into the competition.
  • Another art competition the school will enter is run by Mayo County Council. We are asked to create a Christmas tree decoration from recycled materials. We will encourage creativity and imagination in reusing and recycling old materials. The best entry within the school will be entered. We will hang all our decorations on the Christmas tree in December.
  • We are continuing to learn about Fairtrade and promote Fairtrade products. Ms. Cummins recently did a tea tasting test between fairtrade tea and a known tea brand. Teachers are supplied with faritrade tea, coffee and sugar in the staff- room. Mr. Philbin gives Fairtrade chocolate to children in his class as a treat. We encourage all children to bring in empty cartons and wrappers with the Fairtrade Logo and put them on the Global Citizenship noticeboard. 

 

  • Next committee meeting is Wednesday 5th December 2012

 

 

 




Green Schools Committee: Minutes of Meeting: 7/11/12 (5th- 9th November 2012)

11 12 2012

Green Schools committee: Minutes of meeting

Wednesday 7th November 2012/2:00- 2: 30 p.m.

Committee members present:

6th class: Caolan Mc Donnell, Natasha Garrett, Cillian Boylan, Tegan Browne  5th class: Conor Mc Carron, Isabella Healy  4th class: Oisin Mc Carron,  Micheala Demeter  3rd class: Cian Meyerink, Sophie Healy  2nd class: Brian Bohan, Emma Mc Nulty 1st class: Rory Meyerink, Milly Sheridan

  • Today is World Eco- Schools Day of Action. We promoted this within the school for every child to carry out an action to help the environment. We registered Behy NS on the Eco- Schools Day website. Click to find out more on this website! http://eco-schools.org/wda/  We watched videos of other schools around the world and how they are also helping.
  • We discussed Trad for Trócaire event held on Friday 26th October before the mid- term break. It was a great success! We thank all the musicians, parents and children who participated. We raised €333 for Trócaire on the day. Check out their website:  http://www.trocaire.org/trad
  • On the same day Friday 26th October  we welcomed Birigt O’ Driscoll of An Taisce for our Renewal visit. Birgit was very impressed by the work of the committee and school to date. She gave us lots of advice on how to improve and be successful in our green flag application. We will continue to check out the Green Schools website for more information: http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/
  • Mr. Philbin told us about the seminar he, Ms. Mc Sharry and Ms. Walkin attended on Wednesday 24th October in the Downhill hotel. It was held by Birgit O’ Driscoll from An Taisce. She gave plenty of information on the Global Citizenship theme. One area for us to focus on in particular is Fairtrade. One finding from our Environmental review (Step 2)/ Global Awareness survey is we know very little about fairtrade. We need to find out more about it and promote it. Check out the fairtrade website: http://www.fairtrade.ie/
  • We will enter a Visual Arts competition ‘What a wonderful world’ run by Ballina Arts Centre on ‘Climate Justice’. It links very well with our theme of Global Citizenship. We have one month from today to complete our submission. The deadline is Friday 7th December. Mr. Philbin will inform children from 2nd- 6th about the competition. We will collect and judge the artwork. For more information check out the website: http://www.mrfcj.org/

 

  • Next committee meeting on Wednesday 21st November (meetings will now be held every two weeks)

 




Green Schools committee: Minutes of meeting 25/10/12 (22nd- 26th October)

16 10 2012

There will be no committee meeting this week. Preparations will take place throughout  the week for the Trad for Trócaire  Halloween Fundraiser which will take place on Friday 26th October 2012 between 1:30 and 2:45!




Green Schools committee: Minutes of meeting 17/10/12 (15th- 19th October)

16 10 2012

Green Schools committee: Minutes of meeting

Wednesday 17th October 2012/1:45- 2: 45 p.m.

Committee members present:

6th class: Caolan Mc Donnell, Natasha Garrett, Cillian Boylan, Tegan Browne  5th class: Conor Mc Carron (absent),Kyle Armstrong (sub), Isabella Healy  4th class: Oisin Mc Carron (absent),Jason Crean (sub) Micheala Demeter  3rd class: Cian Meyerink, Sophie Healy  2nd class: Brian Bohan, Emma Mc Nulty 1st class: Rory Meyerink, Milly Sheridan

  • Green Schools Co-ordinator Mr. Philbin, Ms. Mc Sharry and Ms. Walkin will attend a An Taisce seminar next Wednesday 24th October in the Downhill hotel, Ballina to discuss theme. An Taisce award the Green flag.
  • Please further encourage all pupils, teachers and parents to view website for Green Schoolls news and information. Not only does this fulfill the absolute need to inform and involve (step 5) everyone it also decreases the amount of photocopied paper we would use sending home notes, letters and newsletters

 

  • Ideas and suggestions, facts and information can be posted as comments on the website. Some ideas include: Rot or not  (Caolan), Christmas shoebox appeal (Cillian), Magazines for Doctors (Natasha), Wormery (Isabella), Poster Competition (Sophie), Recycle envelopes (Tegan), Plastic bottle collection (Michaela), Old books for poor countries (Brian), Jumble Sale (Sophie), Making Plastic instruments (Natasha), Making plastic vases/ flower pots (Jason), Marking our litter/ waste/ recycling with a permanent marker (Brian)
  • Parking/ traffic situation (Transport)  is a matter of concern for our safety especially after Road Safety in Schools week. Parking tickets are currently being designed by committee members (Michaela and Sophie) as is a Traffic survey and Parking survey (average length of time taken to park and go) How long does it take? (2-5 minutes?)
  • Trad for Trócaire: T-shirts and wristbands distributed to committee members.  (photograph on record)  Posters promoting the event to be displayed in public places. What will we do with extra T- Shirts and wristbands? Raffle with money going to Trócaire (Tegan) or Give to performers of music, song, dance (Natasha) How much money can we expect to raise? What should our target amount be? (Cillian) €750 was raised for Irish Cancer society Run, Walk or Roll

Committee will meet regularly and informally throughout next week to organise Trad for Trócaire (Friday 26th October)




Green Schools committee: Minutes of meeting 11/10/12 (8th- 12th October)

16 10 2012

Green Schools committee: Minutes of meeting

Thursday 11th October 2012/1:00- 2: 00 p.m.

Committee members present:

6th class: Caolan Mc Donnell, Natasha Garrett, Cillian Boylan, Tegan Browne  5th class: Conor Mc Carron (missing), Isabella Healy  4th class: Oisin Mc Carron, Micheala Demeter  3rd class: Cian Meyerink, Sophie Healy  2nd class: Brian Bohan, Emma Mc Nulty 1st class: Rory Meyerink, Milly Sheridan

  • National Tree Day (Biodiversity):all classes are visiting the school woods today (right now we can see senior infants visiting, later our committee will meet 2nd/3rd class exploring the woods) (photograph on record)
  • Discussion on Why are trees important? Cian: Oxygen, Sophie: homes for animals, Cillian: use carbon dioxide, Brian: paper, Oisín: wood and furniture, Cian: shelter, Teacher: food for animals, natural beauty
  • National road safety week (Transport: High visibility vests are distributed to every member of the committee (photograph on record) and WOW and COW ewnthuasiasts/ those who walk and cycle to school most
  • Recycling week (Litter, Waste and Recycling): last week, waste of paper/ plastic/ bottles/ cartons/ compost must be separated. Plastic bottles are to be collected and recycled. Paper count on photocopying machine is to be monitored each week. There has been an improvement in our waste output(27th Sep: 12 black bags/11th Oct:  6 black bags)
  • Litter: a litter survey has been completed by the litter squad. Most litter is in the carpark. Map of results on noticeboard

 

  • Green Schools noticeboard avaialble to view outside senior infants, 2nd/ 3rd class and 6th class rooms
  • Green Schools Global Citizenship Website: check for results of surveys, action plan, ideas, committee meetings, news

 

  • Global awareness surveys completed: by  7 teachers, 20 parents and 95 pupils (way off 100%)
  • Analysed results of surveys: ideas and suggestions to add to our action plan
  • Not many donate old items of Clothing to charity (Tegan) Parents association hold a fundraiser collecting cash for clothes
  • Fairtrade: most people don’t know what it is (Cillian) We need to educate and promote Fairtrade
  • Use of Water isn’t very efficient (Natasha) We need to promote appreciation and sustainable use of water
  • WOW and COW levels very low (Tegan)/ Parking at our school is a major problem: need to improve pupils road safety/ We need to conduct a traffic / parking survey and come up with a plan to address safety concerns
  • Parking: tomorrow (Friday) committee members will promote safe parking by cordoning off the yellow box junction and wear their new high visibility vests (photograph on record)
  • Fundraising: levels very low (Caolan): we need to promote fundraising for worthy charities (Trócaire)
  • Trad for Trócaire: 26th October 2012/ school hall: We watched rte news 2day episode showing Trad for Trócaire in another school. €270,000 has been raised by Trad for Trócaire since 2010.
  • Trad for Trócaire: 26th October 2012/ school hall: Teacher has ordered and received resource pack for the event. The event will be publicised on the Trad for Trócaire webpage

Next committee meeting next week 17th October to Plan Trad for Trócaire event




Green Schools committee meeting minutes 05/10/12 (1st- 5th October)

4 10 2012

No committee meeting was held this week