Minutes of Green School’s Meetings 2012

Minutes of Green School’s Meeting

8/10/12

  • Everyone was welcomed. The children present were
    • 1st Class Leo Cawley and Queva O’Meara
    • 2nd Class Patrick Dowling and Orlaith Ryan
    • 3rd Class Michelle Flanagan and James Webster
    • 4th Roisin Donnelly and Jack Corcoran
    • 5th Class Kate Looby (filling in for Noah Minchin) and Dean O’ Brien
    • 6th Class- all were in attendance (18)
    • Ms Kennedy and Ms Brady
    • Repak Recycling Week
      • Junior Infants – 2nd Class Colouring Competition
      • 3rd to 6th Class Video Competition

 

  • Each class must brainstorm in their classes this week on how to save water and bring findings back to meeting
  • Each class representative must count sinks and toilets in each room.  Teacher will check if hippos are in the cisterns of the toilet
  • Check for leaks in your room.
  • 6th Class will visit infant rooms to keep them informed
  • Next meeting 15/10/12

Minutes of Green School’s Meeting

15/10/12

  • Everyone was welcomed. The children present were
    • 1st Class Leo Cawley and Queva O’Meara
    • 2nd Class Patrick Dowling and Orlaith Ryan
    • 3rd Class Michelle Flanagan and James Webster
    • 4th Roisin Donnelly and Jack Corcoran
    • 5th Class Noah Minchin and Dean O’ Brien
    • 6th Class- all were in attendance (18)
    • Ms Kennedy and Ms Brady
    • Repak Recycling Week reminder
      • Junior Infants – 2nd Class Colouring Competition ( Everyone has completed the colouring competition. They will be collected this week)
      • 3rd to 6th Class Video Competition (Will be finished Friday)

 

 

  • Water Meter Reading
    • October 8th 11am   1723.158l
    • October 15th 11am 1837.829l
    • Total water used  114.671l

 

  • Each class brainstormed in their classes this week on how to save water. The findings were as follows

Ideas for saving water in our school

  • When cleaning up from art, watering flowers or vegetables and cleaning out the compost buckets and recyclable materials, we could use recycled rain water.
  • We could distribute recycled rain water to each class by filling an empty water bottle for easy use in each classroom.
  • We could use baby wipes to wash our hands after art.
  • Always double check that the taps are turned off properly and that there is no leaks.
  • Ensure that there is a hippo in each cistern.
  • Have regular checks for leaks throughout the school
  • Use the dishwasher less and also ensure that it is on the eco setting.
  • Use a basin of water to rinse cloths.
  • Put soap on your hands first and then rinse.
  • Gutter wastage ( suggestion behind Tir na nOg- Donie will install this week)
  • Washing your teeth- While you’re washing either fill a cup of water or turn off the tap while you’re brushing.
  • Water Monitors- Each committee member is responsible to report leaks in their rooms and highlight water wastage in their classes
  • Each class representative must count sinks and toilets in each room.  Teacher will check if hippos are in the cisterns of the toilet

 

  • Audit of toilets, taps, sinks and urinals in  the school

 

  • Sinks- 25 in total
  • Taps- 49 in total
  • Toilets- 20 in total
  • Urinals- 5 in total
  • Leaks/Problems
    • One tap not working in boy’s toilet in Mr White’s room
    • One tap not working in boy’s toilet in Ms Brady’s room
    • Staffroom toilet- check for leak
    • Test on boys toilet in Ms Kennedys (colour dye)
    • 6th Class experiment ( to be done by next meeting) Check at home how much water is used while brushing your teeth
    • 6th Class will visit infant rooms this week to keep them informed
    • Each class must come up with a motto for saving water in our school. A motto will be chosen and an art competition will follow.
    • 6th class will experiment using water bottles instead of hippos in the cisterns. They will bring findings to next meeting
    • Next meeting Monday 22nd October

 

 

Minutes of Green School’s Meeting

16/10/12

Visit for An Taisce Representative

  • Everyone was welcomed. Sean From An Taisce was introduced to the children. The children present were
    • 1st Class Leo Cawley and Queva O’Meara
    • 2nd Class Patrick Dowling and Orlaith Ryan
    • 3rd Class Michelle Flanagan and James Webster
    • 4th Roisin Donnelly and Jack Corcoran
    • 5th Class Noah Minchin and Dean O’ Brien
    • 6th Class- all were in attendance (18)
    • Pupils from Junior and Senior Infants (4)
    • Ms Kennedy and Ms Brady
    • Donie Shanahan

 

  • Sean questioned the children to what they have done so far with the Water Flag and how we are maintaining are other two flags.
  • Sean also spoke to Donie Shanahan, the caretaker about water usage and the upcoming works on the school
  • Suggestions/Recommendations
    • Water Action Day (Whole School Involvement)
    • Water usage per day. Per pupil to be calculated 
    • Visit to a water treatment plant
    • Include water saving ideas in our Christmas Show
    • Be water conscious at home and at school
    • Last year’s bills need to be in the Green School folder and analysed.

Next Meeting- 22/10/12

Minutes of Green School’s Meeting

22/10/12

  • Everyone was welcomed. The children present were
    • 1st Class Leo Cawley and Queva O’Meara
    • 2nd Class Patrick Dowling and Orlaith Ryan
    • 3rd Class Michelle Flanagan and James Webster
    • 4th Roisin Donnelly and Jack Corcoran
    • 5th Class Noah Minchin and Dean O’ Brien
    • 6th Class- all were in attendance (18)
    • Ms Kennedy and Ms Brady
    • Repak Recycling Week
      • Entries were sent off for colouring competition
      • Will Hourihan will upload our videos to the school website

 

  • 6thClass experiment to check at home how much water is used while brushing your teeth
    • Findings:  Between 4 and 8 litres were used while washing your teeth. 6th Class will talk to the classes after mid term to help reduce this water waste at home.
    • Mottos for water saving were collected. The winning motto will be announced at 12th November Meeting and art competition will follow.
    • Leaks were highlighted to Donie Shanahan, the caretaker. These will be dealt with after works are completed on radiators and water in the school.
    • 6th class will experiment using water bottles instead of hippos in the cisterns. They will bring findings to next meeting ( Postponed to after mid-term)
    • Teachers discussed the recommendations from Sean (An Taisce)
      • Action day- December (no date finalised) Lesson ideas will be given to each teacher.
      • Water usage to be completed week after mid-term by three 6th class pupils
      • Each teacher will put a water reference in their Xmas play
      • Next meeting- After Mid-Term (12th November)

Minutes of Green School’s Meeting

12/11/12

Ms Kennedy and Ms Brady present

  • 7 Step Document and Action plan finalized and given to staff members. These are working documents that can be updated at anytime.
  • Details given to classes