Green School Travel Initiative

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Mapping Exercise detailing distances our pupils live from our school. There is also details of a traffic survey undertaken by members of the Green School Committee. Interesting reading and results! (see attached)

Mapping Exercise Results

School Travel initiative

Recently, Ms. Duignan and the Green Schools committee have been very busy working towards our fourth green flag based on the theme of travelling to and from school.

A traffic survey was undertaken and the results can be seen in the images below




A competition was also run to find slogans and mottos to motivate us to think smarter about how we travel to and from school.




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Green Schools

The Green Schools Committee is up and running again and we now have our sights set on our third Green Flag which is based on the theme of Water conservation.

The new Green school Committee is

Mr.Vincent Mulvey – Principal

Ms. Brady – Green school Co – Ordinator

Committee members:

Scott McQuilan,  Martha Smith, Niamh Brodie, Charlie Doyle, Peter McIlroy, Genevieve Hughes, Sean Booker, Emily Towell, Caoimhe Hetherton, Cian Byrne, Erin McLoughlin, Ronan Skelly and Eimear Cremin.




Water awareness

On Thursday 4th December 2014 Allison Traynor came to talk to the senior classes in our school. She works in the environmental section of Cavan County Council. She talked about The good, The Bad and The Ugly in relation to our waterways.

The Good: Riffle areas occur when the water is running over stones and this helps it to become oxygenated. Sometimes it is necessary to pipe rivers but you have to be careful that it doesn’t affect the fish in the river.

The Bad: Sometimes an outfall pipe can cause pollution. Fungus can build up in the river and absorb all the oxygen.

The Ugly: Oil spills are very difficult to clean up as a tiny bit spreads over a huge area. Oil absorbency booms are used to trap collect and absorb oil spills in water.  Washing machines can accidentally empty their water into rivers if they are not correctly plumbed in, and the river water turns grey.  Farmyards must be kept clean to prevent the gullets getting dirty and the water flowing through them polluting the river.

Special green dye is used to trace back to find out the source of pollution.

Water quality is measured using biological and chemical sampling.

With biological sampling a special kind of net is used. The insects and bugs which are collected are analysed. Some bugs which are collected are indicators of good quality water.

Chemical sampling involves the use of special bottles, a cooler bag, long arm sampler and markers.

Quarterly each year all the rivers in Cavan are sampled and analysed by environment section staff from Cavan County Council.

By Scott, Charlie, Niamh and Martha


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With Water Conservation in Mind, Ask yourself:

How Much Water Do You Use?

We drink the same water that Brontosaurus, Cleopatra, and George Washington did, and future generations will drink that same water.

That’s why it’s important that we use water wisely and protect water supplies whenever and wherever possible. If we each save a small amount of water each day, our combined savings will add up to millions of gallons each year.

Water saved is money saved!

Water conservation can save on water and sewer fees.

Also, when you use less water, your fuel bills are lower. Even if you use well water, saving water reduces both electric costs and the waste load going into your septic system. Each day, as you drink water and use water, think of things you could do to help conserve and protect it. For starters, here is a list of household water conservation tips. What other tips would you add?

Water Conservation Tips


Two-thirds of the water used in the average home is used in the bathroom, mostly for flushing toilets, showering, and bathing.

Turn off the water when you are not using it.

Don’t let it run while you brush your teeth or shave.

Flush the toilet less often.

Put used tissues, rubbish, hair, paper towels, etc. in the wastebasket instead of flushing them.

Fix leaks and drips.

This is often simply a matter of changing a washer.

Retrofit older plumbing fixtures with flow-reducing devices.

Take shorter showers.

Less than 5 minutes is adequate; any longer is recreation.

Take baths.

If you like to linger, a partially filled tub uses less water than a shower.

Kitchen and Laundry

Use appliances efficiently.

Run full loads in the dish or clothes washer or, if your appliance has one, use a load selector.

Buy a water saver.

Select new appliances that are designed to minimize water use.

Clean vegetables and fruit efficiently.

Use a vegetable brush to expedite cleaning.

Use garbage grinders as little as possible .

Start a compost pile or give leftovers to a dog, cat, chicken, horse, etc.

Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator.

Avoid running the tap just to cool water for drinking.

Lawn and Garden

Water the lawn and garden only when necessary.

Early morning or evening are the best times. Let grass grow higher in dry weather. Mulch your trees and plants. Avoid watering driveways and footpaths.

Deep-soak your lawn.

Allow the moisture to soak down to the roots where it does the most good. A light sprinkling evaporates quickly.

Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.

Many beautiful trees and plants thrive with less watering, particularly native species.

Wash your car sensibly.

Clean the car with a bucket of soapy water and use the hose only for a quick rinse.




The green schools committee recently held a poster competition.

Emily Towell was the winner and this was her poster!

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Over the past few years our green schools committee have been very busy.

Here are some photos of our green schools committee cleaning up around our school and locality.

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Here are some photos of our green schools committee on a visit to the Galetech Energy Windfarm near Mountain Lodge.

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