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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Green School Newsletter
St. Joseph’s N.S. Woodford
May/June 2016

Hi Everyone,
The Green School’s Committee is back with our last newsletter of this school year. We were pleased to announce our school has recently been awarded with our 6th Green Flag for ‘Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste’. 

Four representatives from our Green Schools Committee were presented with the flag in a special ceremony in Galway on Thursday 19th May.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this great achievement and a special thanks to all the members of the Committee for all their hard work.



In September we will commence work on getting our 7th Green Flag for ‘Global Citizenship – Energy’.  We hope everyone will participate in this task.

Remember:
We continue to use the hazardous boxes in school, so please continue to bring in your used batteries.
Remember not to throw litter around because we want to keep the school grounds clean. Remember also to use the correct bins for your rubbish.
Along with keeping the school clean we must also keep in mind our most recent themes of ‘Energy Conservation’ and ‘Water Conservation’. Remember to turn of taps, lights and any other electrical appliances when not in use.

In other news!
Congratulations to the children in 2nd class who recently received their First Holy Communion.

Congratulations to the children in 5th & 6th class who recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Our school tour to Dublin is taking place on Friday 17th June. We hope to have a great day!


Remember our motto:
Look After Your Environment and Provide Enjoyment

Monday, March 07, 2016

Green School Newsletter
St. Joseph’s N.S. Woodford
March 2016

Hi Everyone,
The Green School’s Committee is back with our first newsletter of 2016. We are making progress with our latest theme ‘Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste’.

Mark Molloy from Galway County Council called to the school on Thursday 28th January to discuss how we are all global citizens. Therefore, as global citizens we have both rights and responsibilities. One of our most important responsibilities is to protect the environment. He will continue working with us during the year to help us progress towards our 6th Green flag.

In order to really promote the ‘Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste’ theme within the school, we recently took part in Fairtrade Fortnight. On Thursday 3rd March 2016 the Green Schools committee organized a Fair Trade Day. The committee made a special presentation to the whole school to inform the children of the event during Assembly. We set up a stand and organized lots of fun activities to inform and promote awareness children and parents about Fair Trade.

Fair Trade Day








We hope to organize a CLEAN UP Day in the coming months in collaboration with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean. The children will organize a clean-up around the school. Parents will also be welcome to help with this day. It would be hoped that having a CLEAN UP Day during the school year will encourage more people to dispose of their waste correctly. We will let you know more about this day closer to the time!


Our School’s Green Code
 
 





Be aware and take care of our planet.
Litter and waste:                                                 Energy:
In our school,                                                       In our school,
If you want to be cool,                                         If you want to be cool,
Reduce, reuse, and recycle.                                   Turn off the lights when not in use.

Water:                                                                 Travel:
In our school,                                                       In our school,
If you want to be cool,                                         If you want to be cool,
Water is precious, don’t waste a drop.                Walk, cycle or car pool to school.
Biodiversity:                                                        Global Citizenship:
In our school,                                                       In our school,
If you want to be cool,                                         If you want to be cool,
Take care of all the creatures.                               Be fair to the planet.
Remember:
We continue to use the hazardous boxes in school, so please continue to bring in your used batteries.
Remember not to throw litter around because we want to keep the school grounds clean. Remember also to use the correct bins for your rubbish.
Along with keeping the school clean we must also keep in mind our most recent themes of ‘Energy Conservation’ and ‘Water Conservation’. Remember to turn of taps, lights and any other electrical appliances when not in use.

In other news!
Some children from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class took part in the Credit Union table quiz in Loughrea on Saturday 30th January. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

In order to promote awareness of water conservation, we held a Poster competition in the school. Students had to design a poster on the theme ‘Be Water Smart’.

Remember our motto:

Look After Your Environment and Provide Enjoyment.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Fair Trade Day

   Fair Trade Day

On the 3rd of March 2016, St. Joseph's N.S. held an event called Fair Trade Day. Fair trade is when farmers grow their crops e.g. cocoa, tea leaves and coffee beans using the natural organic environment in an environmentally friendly way without using pesticides. Most fair trade products are not processed in factories. During this event the Green School Team teaches other pupils about this. We had a great day and we raffled a fair trade Easter egg. Thomas Gorman won it.



Green School Newsletter
St. Joseph’s N.S. Woodford
November 2015

Hi Everyone,
The Green School’s Campaign is back. Our Green School’s coordinator this year is Miss Gaffey. To date we have been awarded six Green Flags. This new school year brings a new theme in order to obtain a 6th Green Flag for our school. This year our theme is Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste. We will be in touch with you during the year to let you know how you can help us with our most recent challenge.


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After voting in our classes, our new Green Flag Committee is as follows:

6th Class
5th Class
4th Class
3rd Class
Ciarán Mc Mahon

Helena O’ Keeffe
Harry Gaffey




Ben Touhy


Cara Leonard
Marty Gaffey

2nd Class
1st Class
Senior Infants
Junior Infants
Hannah Touhy

Caitlín Starr
Clodagh Mc Cole
Jack Bows


We continue to use the hazardous boxes in school, so please continue to bring in your used batteries.

Remember not to throw litter around because we want to keep the school grounds clean. Remember also to use the correct bins for your rubbish.

Along with keeping the school clean we must also keep in mind our most recent themes of ‘Energy Conservation’ and ‘Water Conservation’. Remember to turn off lights and any other electrical appliances when not in use. Turn off taps fully and report any dripping/leaking taps




In other news!!!
Congratulations to all our students who participated in The Manning Cup in Loughrea. Our 5th & 6th class girls finished 3rd in the Cross Country Competition. Congratulations also to Caoimhe Farrell who won her race.

Congratulations to those 4th/5th/6th class students who were recently awarded certificates for participating in The Shorelines Festival. Samantha Stanley finished 2nd and Clíona Page finished 4th in the Story competition. Caitlín Page finished 4th in the Poetry competition.







We will start practising for our Christmas play soon and are looking forward to performing for you in a few weeks!

Remember our message:
Look After Your Environment and Provide Enjoyment

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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We wish sixth class the very best in secondary school

Goodbye.

We’re nearly finished national,
We don’t have long to go,
Although we say we won’t miss this place,
deep down inside we know.

We’ll miss the lovely art-work.
We’ll miss the fun and friends.
We’ll miss the jr. infants.
We’ll miss the jelly pens.

Well soon enough it will be
time for us to say goodbye.
I really can’t believe how fast
the years have went by.

I can’t wait for secondary
But down inside I know,
I’m really going to miss this place
And I’m really sad to go.

          by. Lauren Gaffey.



My school poem
Looking back on the last 8 years,
Overcoming our first day fears
When I’m older and I’m looking back,
I’ll remember I had great craic.

In school, friends were made,
Things were said.
Work was done and
We had great fun.

Now that I’m at the end,
A goodbye to this school I will send.
The last 8 years have gone so fast,
Now I’m going to secondary at last

With secondary school near,
Back to the first day fear
I hope I keep in touch with my friends,
Even when primary school ends.

by: Gearoid Hanley

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tennis

                    Tennis                               
This year we introduced tennis into the school. Our tennis coach, Kieran Galvin, comes to our school once a week for 5 weeks for anyone who wants to do it. Kieran teaches us the different techniques and does some fun games too.

By Erica, 6th class 
Congratulations to two of our sixth class pupils, Gavin and Gearóid, who were part of the Tommy Larkins U14 hurling panel who beat St. Thomas' in the county final on Wednesday, 3rd of June.Well done, lads!


Monday, June 08, 2015

Write a book

Congratulations to all our winners of the ‘Write a Book’ competition.
They were presented with medals for their achievements in the Radisson, Galway.
Watch this space, Woodford’s budding authors!
 Just some of our many winners at the Presentation night in the Radisson.

School Tour 2015

                                       
For the school tour of  2015 the classes of 2nd,3rd,4th,5th and 6th went to the UL in Limerick. we left the school at 8:15 and arrived at UL roughly before 10:00. we started all of our activities at 10:00.  Our first activity was rafting, next was canoeing after that was football and then archery, next was swimming then there was orientiering and, finally, bouncing castles. After UL we went shopping in the Cresent shopping centre.  We all went shopping in groups.  There was lots of shops there and over all it was a fantastic day.





                                     by Kate and Yvonne, 6th Class 

Green Flag


Our Green Flag committee is a group of children from St Josephs NS, Woodford who over the school year try to help the school to appreciate and respect the environment.
This program takes place in primary and secondary schools all over Ireland.
During this program we compete in an art competition and learn about ways to improve our environment but the best part of being a child in a green school is earning the green flag at the end of the year and hanging it outside our school.
We currently have 5 flags and we’re working on our 6th. The flags we have are:
1.Litter and waste.
2.Energy
3.Water
4.Travel
5.Biodiversity
The flag we are now working on is Global Citizenship/ litter and waste. This flag not only involves the school but it also involves the community. We are very excited about this flag and hope we earn it.

                              Lauren & Ava 6th Class.

 
Our fifth Green Flag flying proudly outside our school!


Water Conservation in Woodford NS:
1. Remember to turn off taps properly.
2. If there are any dripping taps this should be reported to the green flag committee.
3. Use a basin when washing when washing paint brushes instead of leaving the tap running.
4. Use a basin when washing cups instead of leaving the tap running.


Saturday, June 06, 2015

Food Dudes:
Every child in our school participated in the Food Dudes programme.
Food Dudes is a healthy eating programme that runs in schools all around Ireland. You eat delicious fruit and vegetables and see the adventures of the food dudes and general junk in the food dudes videos. you can also get prizes for tasting the fruit and vegetables.
 The fruit and vegtables such as:
·        Carrot Sticks
·        Green Beans
·        Red And Yellow Peppers
·        Bananas
·        Apples
·        Oranges
·        Grapes
                                                      
Their motto is:
"Keep General Junk at bay by eating fruit and veg each day".

Even though we have finished Food Dudes, let's keep eating fruit and veg!