We hosted our second Green Schools Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday 24th June. This flag was awarded for our work on energy saving initiatives.
The event was attended by students, staff, parents, members of the Board of Management, Parents Association, Tidy Towns Committee, Cork County Council and Guest of Honour Jaon Healy past pupil and athlete of international status who raised the flag.
After the ceremony refreshments were provided by the Parents Association for both students and guests.
Over the two years prior to the awarding of the flag we focused on reducing the amount of electricity we use. Units of electricity used daily were recorded and we all worked together to save energy by -
Turning off lights when not needed
Not turning on all classroom lights
Keeping doors closed
Using low-energy bulbs
Switching off idle equipment
Making sure that taps are not dripping
Windows are closed when heating is on.
Our Energy Green Code is -
Don't waste energy,
In future don't leave electricals
Our day of action was in June 2009 where we had -
Low energy day
Junior classes had their faces painted blue as a symbol of energy
Sixth class visited a wind turbine on a nearby farm
Senior classes watched a littler DVD and did an energy quiz
The next theme is Water Conservation.
We are on the official Department of Education list as issued by Mary Coughlan Tainiste and Minister for Education for the water conservation grant due out shortly.