Tubber National School received their fourth Green Flag last week, at a ceremony in the Radisson Hotel in Galway. The theme of the flag was travel. The children were very conscious that for every 1km journey in a car, 13 balloons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere.
To reduce the amount of CO2, the children decided to come to school in a more eco-friendly way. This included travelling by bicycle, by walking and by park and stride. Some children also came to school by carpooling with other families. With help from Roisin Ni Ghairbhith, An Taisce Green Schools officer for County Clare, the children used incentives such as a Golden Boot award, to encourage all the children in the school to take part. The school also received their 10th Discover Primary Science and Maths award this week.
They are only one school of 16 in the country that have received 10 such awards. As part of this initiative, the children submitted a large portfolio of work, outlining some of the activities they carried out during the year. One of these was a science day.
The children dressed up as scientists and other people of scientific relevance. On the day, they carried out lots of experiments and activities. They also took a trip to Griston Bog, Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom, in Kilfinane, County Limerick. The children have also been learning Scratch programming and have a school blog, where they record lots of interesting facts. By Nicola Corless