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Green School News Archive: 2022 - 2023

Visit from Sibéal Regan IWDG

March 2023 Whales, penguins and seals 1st class

First class have been very busy doing their very first projects on whales, seals and penguins. What amazing little researchers!

Lego Expo February 2023

We love our creativity in Kilternan. We also love showing what we are learning about in lots of different ways. Some very clever Kcoins kids made marine themed constructions for the Lego Expo in February, in keeping with our current Green Schools Flag.

Antarctic Assembly January 2023

Junior Infants amazed and delighted everyone. They know so much about life in the Antarctic. They made super costumes and sang Baby Beluga for the whole school. 

January 2023

Junior Infants have been learning all about the Antarctic in Aistear, making lots of art, learning songs and playing games. They shared some of the fun at Assembly


Feed the birds January 2023

3rd class made home-made bird feeders in January. 

2022-23 committee




Our new committee for 2022 is led by Ms Magnier and Ms MacMahon with representatives from 2nd to 6th class. We are hoping to apply for our Marine Environment and Global Citizenship flag this year. So far we have had a fabulous beach clean with Flossie and the Beachcleaners and we are looking forward to our Science Fair which has the Theme of Marine!


Hello from the Green Schools Committee!


We are:

Griff H and Jamie McC 6th class
Patrick B and Finn H 5th class

Hugo H and Sean P 4th class
Alice DS, Sophie P and Jessica V 3rd class

Jess O’K and Zach F 2nd class

Louise MacMahon and Lavinia Magnier our teacher representatives.


This year we are working on Global Citizenship Marine Environment flag.

We have been on a beach clean up day and have also had a very successful marine themed Science Fair.  Recently our Christmas jumper swap was a great new initiative.


We are currently collecting plastic bottle tops to make a beautiful mural for our school. The whole school is involved in this because we need hundreds of bottle tops! The Green Schools Committee regularly go out to monitor our school yard and clean up when it’s needed.







Chat and Pick-Up outdoor meetings

Look at 4th class sorting out Killiney Beach with Flossie and the Beach Cleaners

The Science Fair

This year our STEM committee and Green Committee decided that the science fair would have a marine theme in keeping with our current flag. There were some amazing projects ranging from studies of pollution to how boats float to art made with salvaged materials to how people enjoy sea swimming. Well done everyone. Pictures on the STEM page.

Second class participated in Plickers. They really enjoyed learning about the environment and then doing some real life tidying up in their local area. Well done 2nd, you are rocking the hi-vi look!

Plickers in 2nd class

The Christmas Jumper exchange

This year we had the idea of running a christmas jumper swop shop. Jumpers are only worn for a few days so they are in excellent condition. Swop don't shop, and reduce what you buy.

Our committee manning and womanning the stall

The bottle top mural initiative

We have the idea of collecting plastic bottle tops from milk and other products and when we have enough we are going to make some great mural art. In the meantime, those bottle tops are being kept out of the rubbish stream.

Sorted and ready to make our designs!

keep them coming!

Green School News 21-22

A visit from the ARC


Mermaids and Pirates dress up day 22nd June 2022

As part of raising awareness about our theme of the Marine Environment we had a fun dress up day. Some very creative marine creatures and people were in our school!

Our Fundraiser was for IWDG. Third class did projects on seals.

Mermaids and Pirates

4th class had a great day on Friday 7th October at a workshop on Killiney Beach with Flossie and the Beachcleaners. We picked up 5.5kg of rubbish, learned a lot, met a seal and had lots of fun in the fresh air!

Autumn 2021

We have elected our new committee with children from 3rd to 6th class represented. The staff reps are Miss Gamble and Ms MacMahon

We will be working on our flag for Global Citizenship and the Marine Environment this year


We are now working on the 7th flag Global Citizenship and Energy. This has a focus on our energy use in the school and a focus on global energy consumption and global warming. Our 2019 committee of Ruby, Myles, Sebastian, Tara and Amelia from 6th, Laurent and Imogen from 5th, Pia and Josh from 4th and Jaime and Eduardo from 3rd, with staff Ms MacMahon, Fiona Kelly and Helen Fisher  are working hard. As well as our new flag we have been working on maintaining our existing ones. This term we are really trying hard with our recycling and green bins and we are restoring the pond area and the school garden.

Pond maintenance crew

We are currently working on our 6th Green Flag: Global Citizenship_Litter and Waste. We recently had a lovely assembly where we celebrated all the countries we have links with and learned something new about lots of places. We are all global citizens in Kilternan.

The parade

Sixth Class Made Hedgehog Habitats


Embrace biodiversity

This simple bug hotel is the perfect habitat for butterflies, bees, ladybirds and any other small inhabitants of your garden.

You will need:

Small plastic bottle, scissors, string, twigs, small blade

1) Cut top and bottom off a plastic bottle so you have a tube shape

2) Put the twigs and sticks into your bottle, make sure you pack the s they don’t fall out

3) Tie some string around the bottle so you can hang it up on a tree or a fence

4) You could try putting other things into the bottle, like rolled up cardboard, leaves, pine cones, and see if you get different beasties visiting your bug hotel


Previous Years' Green School Work and Pictures

Green Schools at Kilternan has been going from strength to strength. We have recently been awarded our sixth flag, Global Citizenship: Litter and Waste. This flag build on the achievement of the previous five which we are maintaining, with an added Global Awareness dimension. It was a very timely flag to work on as Kilternan like Ireland in general, welcomes children from all over the world, and as we all are becoming more aware that there is no 'away', only one planet to manage all our waste. Our current committee is led by Ms Huston and Ms Mac Mahon

The Green School Committee have been very busy  this year working on our Bio-Diversity Flag. First of all, we would like to remind everyone to keep up the good work in remembering our old flags and making sure we still work hard to keep them going. Turn off the lights, turn all computers off, keep your bins organised and no drippy taps! Remember we should try to use environmentally friendly modes of transport! Car pooling, walking, scooting, cycling are great ways to get to school! Remember, in the summer term we will be looking for volunteers to help us with our Walk on Wednedsays!

We have been so lucky to have had the opportunity this year to have the planetarium into our school. We all were learning about our atmosphere and how to protect our planet earth before he came in. It was so exciting to go inside the giant tent and watch the universe come to life! A great day was had by all!

A huge thanks to "The Bee Man" for coming in and talking to all the classes in our school. He brought wonderful props and taught us so much about pollination and the importance of bees. We all had a great day and learned so much.

We have had some wonderful entries for this year's Spring Photo competition. The judging will take place this week. Many thanks for all of you who entered. 

Dean Eaton will come into our school on the 24th March at 11.00 for our Green School review! Wish us luck!

We will be looking for volunteers for our gardening committee very soon! Keep your ears and eyes peeled!

Keep it Green, 

Your Green Team

The Green Schools Programme is an international environmental

programme designed to teach good habits to children and

parents about the environment. It is a partnership between

An Taisce, the local authority (in our case Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

Co. Council) and the school.

Our current Green Schools motto is:

One planet, one human race, it's our job to care for this place


The driving force of this project is the Green School Committee comprising of pupils elected by their peers, led by Ms Leigh Morton and Ms Arlyne Kilpatrick., and more recently by Ms Huston and Ms MacMahon We have children from 3rd - 6th Class on our Green School Committee each year. However, the whole school community is involved in making sure we are a MEAN GREEN TEAM in Kilternan.

In 2004 we were awarded our first Green Flag for our efforts in reducing

the amount of rubbish going from the school to the landfill. 
We try to work on a new new flag every two years and in 2006 we were awarded our second flag for our  efforts to reduce energy usage and wastage within the school. 
May 2009 saw our third flag award  for water awareness and conservation.
Our fourth and fifth flags for Travel and for Biodiversity have also been earned by the school. We have recently got some of our old flags replaced by parishioner Mr Norman Campion and got them all flying again in the middle term.