Yesterday was a very special day for Our Lady's G.N.S. We had our Global Citizenship Litter and Waste flag raising ceremony. We were honoured to have Catherine Martin T.D from the Green Party to raise our flag. Mrs Lane opened the ceremony welcoming everybody to our special event. The Junior Infants directed by Mrs Molony sang a wonderful international song with greetings in many languages. Well done girls! Then we had our international parade, lead by Ms Sharkey's samba band playing fantastic samba rhythms. The band then gave a fabulous rhythmic performance conducted by Ms Sharkey.
Representatives from the Green Schools Committee then spoke about all the hard but enjoyable work, that the committee and the whole school have been doing over the last few years, to get our Global Citizenship Litter and Waste flag. Fourth class sang 'Ceannaigh agus díol Fairtrade' and a 'Climate Change' rap, both composed by Ms Sharkey.
Then the moment came....Catherine Martin spoke to the whole school about the importance of being aware of our environment and all the ways in which we can work together to make a change. She congratulated us on all our work and this wonderful achievement. Catherine then raised our Green Flag to some samba drum rolls. We all clapped and cheered and sang our 'Global Citizenship' song composed by Ms Sharkey.
This was a very special day for Our Lady's and to top it off.....the weather was glorious!!!!!
Have a wonderful Summer and remember to ......Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.
from the Green Schools Committee.
Last week, members of the Green-Schools Committee along with Ms. Sharkey went to the Helix to receive our seventh Green Flag for Global Citizenship: Litter and Waste. We were so excited. The weather was beautiful. We met and chatted with Green-Schools Committees from other school. It was great to meet and listen to representatives from An Taisce and Green-Schools Ireland. Then the moment came....Our Lady's National School, Ballinteer was called out and we went up onto the stage to collect our seventh Green Flag. We were so proud of our school. This has been a huge team effort and we know how hard every class and teacher have worked to bring us to this wonderful moment. We thank you all.
Ms Sharkey and the Green-Schools Committee
Our recent trip to the garden! Finding black ants, aphids, greenflies and even a robin's egg! All in a day's work!
We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of 'National Walk to School Week' all of this week.
Between the beautiful weather and summer holidays on the horizon, we are having a brillliant week! We are all making a huge effort to walk to and from school. The Green-School Committee are doing a daily survey in each class counting the girls who are walking to school and .......the numbers are increasing everyday. It's getting very exciting!
Some girls wrote short poems about walking to school and performed them at assembly today. We also went on a great big walk to Marlay Park to celebrate National WOW Day. We had so much fun!
'Don't be a fool so walk to school,
or cycle on your bike and be extra cool,
Cars are bad because they make nature sad,
" Walk on Wednesday". - Tracy and Hannah 4th Class.
Patrick Hunt returned last week for another of his wonderful workshops. This time, we learnt all about mini beasts. We are so lucky to have our own school garden at 'Our Lady's' and in this beautiful weather it is extra special. There are many varieties of spring flowers growing, not to mention our gorgeous cherry blossom trees. Anyway, back to the mini beast workshop! Patrick first gave us a little talk about all the different types of mini beasts that there are and showed us some pictures. We then went on a mini beast hunt in our school garden. It was so exciting! We found snails, slugs, earthworms, beetles, solitary bees, ladybirds, ants and centipedes. We showed Patrick our mini beasts and he told us all about them. We really enjoyed the mini beast workshop and look forward to our next session with Patrick. We hope you enjoy our photos!
Patrick Hunt returned yesterday to Our Lady's to give us a wonderful workshop on bird watching and .... took us bird watching in our school garden! We even took turns using his binoculars to get a closer look at some of the birds in our garden! First we went into our outdoor class area. We love this area. There are huge tree trunks on the ground for us to sit on. We sat on them in the morning sunlight and listened to the birds singing. Patrick is such an expert on birds! He was able to name the birds that we heard singing. We heard the robin, wood pigeon, blackbirds, song thrush and jackdaw. We then went into the main garden and did some bird watching. It was great fun! We saw a robin, a pigeon, some blackbirds and even seagulls. Thank you Patrick for telling us all about the birds in our garden. Enjoy the photos of our wonderful bird watching workshop.