Friday, December 6, 2013

'Energy Cabin' visit (28th November - 5th December)

Energy Cabin
On Thursday 28th of November, as part of the Green Schools programme, there was an energy cabin in the yard. In the morning the two sixth classes had a lesson on sustainable energy with a man called Paddy Stack. When the lesson was over Paddy asked Ms. Coady and Mr. Cummings to pick four people to go out to the energy cabin so that when Paddy was gone they could show other students the cabin. As soon as we got out to the energy cabin Paddy told us to look around. There
was a photovoltaic panel (solar panel) and a miniature windmill on the roof. Inside the cabin there were posters all over the wall. In the corner there were three energy saving lightbulbs next to one old fashioned lightbulb. When Paddy turned on all the lightbulbs the three energy saving ones used less energy than the normal, old fashioned one. Next to the ligtbulbs was a table with a box full of energy games. Beside the table was a sun oven. Paddy took it outside and showed us what it was. When he opened it up there were mirrors sticking out from the sides. In the middle there was a little swing. If you wanted to cook something you would put it on the swing and the sunlight would bounce off the mirrors and cook the food.

We hope to bring out students from every class out to the energy cabin.

By Adam Mahon
Green School Committee Member
6th class (Room 10)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fossil fuels, the source of much of our energy, are formed under intense pressure and heat over millions of years from the buried remains of plants and animals. By burning these fossil fuels to release heat from the chemical energy they contain, steam can be raised in a power station boiler. The heat and pressure energy in the steam is turned into work in a turbine, which drives a generator to produce electricity.
However, by burning fossil fuels we are releasing carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere faster than plants can absorb it. CO2 is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect; as more fuels are burnt, the atmosheric concentration of CO2 increases, causing the average global temperature to rise. Climate change affects the distribution of climatic regions, sea level changes and ultimately, the planet's ability to support human communities. Burning fossil fuels also contributes to acid rain, which is implicated in the loss of wildlife in lakes and rivers, the reduction of land ferility and the destruction of trees.
We need to start taking steps to reduce our energy consumption at home and in school. 


  • The recommended temperature for classrooms is 18 degrees C. Every 1 degree C increase in temperature over the above figures could add up to 10% to cost of heating billls.
  •  A photocopier left switched on overnight wastes enough energy to make 5,300 A4 copies.
  • It is estimated that we only have enough oil in the world for another 50 years,
  • On average, a car in Ireland travels 20,000km a year, releasing 2,895kg of carbon into the atmospherre.
  • Ireland imported 89% of its energy needs in 2008.
  • Fossil fuels accounted for 96% of all energy used in Ireland in 2008.
  • Oil is the most dominant energy source used in Ireland.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We had a Green School Poster Competition. Every child in the school made a poster and the Green School committee selected a winner from each class. The following photographs show the winning posters.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Energy is fundamental to the way we live out lives today. Electricity is an amazing resource and should be used efficientaly both at home and in school. Here are a few tips to help you use energy more efficiently and save money too.

Turn Off The Lights!
  • Don't leave lights on when no-one is in the room. Turn off the lights at the end of class.
  • Use energy efficient lights bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). These bulbs use 1/4 of electricity as normal lights bulbs and last up to 12 times longer!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Turn Off Appliancas!
  • Turn off yout TV, stereo, playstation, computer, washing machine, DVD and other appliances when they are not in use. Leaving appliances on stand-by uses energy so remember to switch them off.
  • Put stickers on photocopiers, computers and other appliances in school to remind everyone to turn them off.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Turn Down the Heat!
  • Turning the thermostat down by 1degree can reduce your heating bill by 10 percent.
  • Remember to turn off radiators in school after 12noon unless it is an exceptionally cold day.
  • Close your curtains at dusk as curtains block cold air cominng in.
  • Check all windows and doors to see where draughts are coming in. If you identify draughts get your parents of teaches to seal them up. Why don't you try and make a draught exckuder using old clothes!                                                                                                                                                                   Turn Off the Taps!
  • A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off!
  • Turn off taps - wasting water wastes electricity as a huge amount of electricity is used daily in supplying water and cleaning it after use.

Friday, June 8, 2012

As part of our ongoing Green School programme we have been continuing to work on litter and waste management in the school with great success. We are keeping rubbish to a minimum and there are very few bags of rubbish being collected by our litter wardens each week. The costs of disposing of litter in the school are still being reduced and the school continues to look very clean and tidy. Our Green Flag status will be due for renewal in March 2013. To retain this status we need to maintain the work which helped us to achieve the Green Flag in the first place and we must also complete the 7-Step Green School programme on the next theme in An Taisce's list - the theme of Energy.
Our work on energy has already begun. The Green School committee have carried out an audit/survey in the school to ascertain where and what types of energy are bring used throughout the school. The survey analysed by the committee with the involvement of all pupils and staff of the school in order to identify measure which can be taken to try to improve the school's energy efficiency. Following this an action plan has been drawn up which will help us to achieve the improvements that have been identified. It is placed on our Green School notice board.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

We took meter readings from electricity each week. The results were as follows:

    Date       Lighting Meter       Sockets meter      Power Meter       Water heating meter

  1/5/12       85398                   23102                  45128                  27013

  4/5/12       85390                   23182                  45128                  27024

  8/5/12       85906                   23212                  45142                  27032

11/5/12       85437                   23215                  45145                  27045

14/5/12      85459                    23317                  45148                 27052

18/5/12      85491                    23410                  45152                 27066

21/5/12      85499                   23441                   45154                 27075

25/5/12      85530                   23539                   45136                 27092

28/5/12      85547                   23557                   45165                 27098

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Art Recycling 4th Class

Art Recycling 4th Class

In Febuary room 1 made recycled art people out of recycled materials. This was in relation with our class novel, Kensuke's Kingdom. We used fabric, pipecleaners, googely eyes, cotton balls and many other recycable materials. We used stencils made out of recycled paper to make the shape of a person. We displayed them out side our classroom. Children can also do this. We would recomend to get teachers or parents to supervise you because you will be using scissors. For diffeculty we would give it 5 /10. For how good it was we said 10/10. Have a look at the pic attached.Thank you for reading this blog.