We are now working on our green schools flag for Biodiversity.
Ms Coleman and the committee have been working hard to ensure that we are on track to receive our Biodiversity flag.
There has been an interesting development in our school garden recently with the addition of our new "Bug Hotel" which we must thank our caretaker Pat Byrne for making & thanks also to Patrick Biggins (6th class) who got us the pallets. We are looking forward to seeing it filled with some interesting residents!
The Green Schools committee held an action day last June during which we had lots of fun. There was great fun had by all taking part in the great Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt.
The overall winning entry in our Green School poster competition to raise awareness of the importance of Biodiversity last year was created by Anna Burke. Anna's very clever slogan was incorporated into the mural in the courtyard which highlights the Biodiversity theme.
Planting of windowboxes with a variety of flowers to attract the bees took place last May and a new compost bin takes pride of place behind the school.
We are looking forward to another action day soon and are hoping to further develop the courtyard with some more planting next Spring. Plans are afoot to get some fruit trees planted this year and to get busy growing our own vegetables too.
A few photos from the Biodiversity Action Day
Green Schools- Travel Flag 2015/2016
Green Flag Ceremony and official opening of the astro PITCH
We held our Green Flag Raising Ceremony and Official Opening of our new Astro Turf Pitch on Friday June 10th at the Neale National School.It was a day of huge celebrations. Lots of special guests joined us on the day including Councillor Damien Ryan, Ray Foley Travel Officer with an Taisce and All Ireland under 21 Champions Liam Irwin and Michael Hall. The children performed their own version of the Vance Joy Riptide song based on the travel theme and they gave a fantastic rendition of The Green and Red of Mayo. A great day of celebrations was had by all parents, staff and special guests. A huge thanks to parents and the local community who helped fundraise for the Astro Turf Pitch. Thanks also to the staff and Board of Management for organising fund raising events. A special thanks to Councillor Ryan who secured funding for this project. This pitch will be a major asset to the school and local community. It will serve as a great benefit for many future generations .
National Green Flag Awards Ceremony
Mrs Diamond and members of the Green School Committee attended the Green Flag Awards Ceremony in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris on Wednesday May 25th. They were presented with the Green Flag for travel by An Taisce. This is a huge achievement for our school as this is our fourth Green Flag. Well done to the Green Schools Committee, Green Schools Coordinator Mrs Diamond, Principal Mr Maher , and all our fellow students, teachers and parents who worked so hard using greener forms of travel. Keep up the super work.
National WOW day
Well Done to all the children who walked and cycled to school in the Neale NS for National WOW Day (Walk on Wednesday) on May 18th. It was a huge success! Also a big thanks to the Parents who walked with their children to school. It was wonderful to see such a great team spirit among everybody. Looking forward to seeing a big turnout for the rest of our Wow Days this term.
Green Schools Action Day
We had our Green Flag Action Day on Friday, February 5th. Throughout this day we promoted cleaner and greener ways of travelling to school. We took part in lots of fun games and activities all relating to the theme of travel. Cong-based Garda John Doherty came to our school to talk to all the boys and the girls about road safety and cycling safety . The Green School Committee had prepared some questions and they asked these at the end. 3rd-6th classes took part in a fun cycle led by Garda John, Ray Foley (Travel Officer) and staff members. The school hall, corridors and classrooms were all decorated showing off all the ways the Travel theme had been integrated into class work - clay carbon footprints, graphs and diagrams showing carbon footprints now and long ago, poems on travel, artwork showing our Green Code Slogans and lots more. Infants - 2nd classes performed a fun travel dance song in the hall led by Laura Heneghan (Travel Officer). 3rd - 6th classes had a talk on Laura's cycling trip around Europe, with focus on travel in other European cities. 3rd and 4th classes performed a song called 'The Neale Travel Song'. This song was composed by Aoibheann in 3rd class for the Green Code Slogan Competition. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all!
Green Schools Committee
Our Green Schools Committee this year are Cillian Smith, Ronan Hughes, Elisha Farragher, Louise Kelly, Leigh Murphy, Iarlaith Forde, Seán Burke, Shane McGahon, Harry Costello, Shania Daly-Smith, T.J. Farragher, Zachary Cork, Danny O' Toole, Noah McManus, Aoibheann Forde, Saoirse McManus, Odhrán Smith and Mrs. Diamond.
For 2015 and 2016 we are working on the theme of Travel, in the hopes of earning our Green Schools Travel Flag. We will all be trying to reduce our carbon footprint in whatever way we can! We have lots of fun, exciting plans at the ready to help us win our flag.
The GOlden boot
In order to ensure that everyone in the school is working towards our Green Schools Travel Flag, we have started a competition between the classes called the Golden Boot. Each week we record how we come to school whether it be car, bus, carpool or park and stride. We all record our mode of transport on the "Scores on the Door" poster and at the end of the week the scores are totted up. The winning class group is the class who worked together to come to school the greenest way possible.
WOW- Walk on Wednesday Launch
As part of the Green-Schools Travel Flag, the whole school will be taking part on a WOW (Walk on Wednesday) initiative. The Aim of the WOW initiative is: "To encourage students, parents and teachers to walk, cycle, Park 'n' Stride, use public transport or carpool instead of using a private car on the school run on Wednesdays." We launched the WOW initiative on Wednesday May 6th 2015 and it was a huge success!
Doc your Bike day
As we are working on the theme of Travel for our Green Schools this year, on the 16th of October we had a "Doc your Bike" day in school. We all brought our bikes to school where Ray, our Green Schools Superhero from An Taisce, could fix any minor problems we had. Not only this but Ray held a talk in the hall where he showed us the tools needed to maintain our bikes and taught us about the importance of using our helmets when cycling. Every class got the chance to go outside with Ray, where one half of the class played bike games while Ray fixed the bikes belonging to other half of the class. We swapped over to ensure everyone got a chance to talk to Ray and play games on our bikes. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ray for his help, everyone had a WHEELIE good day!!!
Green Schools water flag
GREEN SCHOOLS water ACTION DAY
A Green Schools ‘Action Day’ took place in the school on February 7th. All children were encouraged to wear blue for the day to raise awareness of water conservation. All classes focused on the theme of water for the day and 3rd – 6th classes visited the Lough Mask Water Treatment Facility in Tourmakeady. Many thanks to Miss Nevin for co-ordinating the Action Day. Everyone really enjoyed the day and it was a big step towards securing our next Green Schools Flag.