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Green School Newsletter January 2015


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This year Monkstown Park Junior School are working towards the Active Flag

Active School week 23rd to 27th March 2015

We are looking for new sporting activities for the boys to try out during active week, should you know of any club or association, sports personality, or you, yourself would like to get involved please let us know. Here are some ideas …. Yoga, Irish dancing, Archery, Be Active Stations, Cricket, Fencing, Cross country, GAA, Hurling, Welly Throwing, Skipping…..


 The Green School

Our School is currently very busy working on the theme of Energy. As you know we were awarded our first Green Flag last year for the reduction of litter and waste and we would be delighted to be awarded our second Green Flag for Energy reduction. The following committee members along with the staff and pupils at Monkstown Park Junior School are working together to raise awareness about energy usage and how to save energy at home and in school. Meeting are held every 2nd Thursday, at 2pm in Infants room.Parents are more than welcome to join us.


Eco Team

Senior Infants Daniel, Tom, Tom O’D, Eoin, and Dima

1st Class Jake

3rd Class Ruairi G, Ruairi and Emmet

4th Class Mark and Ethan

5th Class Kevin and Matthew

6th Class Paul and Max

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Congratulations to Tom O on winning the school Christmas Recycled Decoration Competition. Tom went to a dlr ceremony to represent Monkstown Park Junior School and received a highly commended certificate and medal.

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Renewable Energies Workshop

As part of our green flag programme. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6thclasses had a workshop on the importance of renewable energies and how we need to think about alternative energies for the future. As part of the workshop, the boys used Hydrogen to power up a small toy car.

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Green School Energy Saving Tips

Everybody should be trying to reduce their energy consumption. Not only will it help you reduce your fuel bills, but you will also be helping do your bit for the environment. Not everything costs a lot of money.

Here are some low and no cost energy saving tips that you should try to introduce into your lifestyle:


Defrost your fridge / freezer regularly - they will work more efficiently. Make sure the door closes properly

  • Place foil behind radiators to reflect the heat
  • Choose a saucepan that can cover the cooker ring and don't let the gas flame lick      up the side of it. Use a saucepan lid wherever possible
  • Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need. (Make sure you cover the element)
  • Electrical appliances such as televisions, computers and games consoles still use      power even when on stand-by, so where possible switch appliances off when they are not in use
  • Always use the washing machine and dishwasher with a full load
  • Dry clothes outside when possible
  • Switch off unwanted lights and open curtains to allow daylight into rooms
  • Close curtains at dusk to retain the heat
  • Insulate your hot water tank. A tank jacket costs very little and will pay for itself in months
  • Have a shower instead of a bath. A shower uses 40% of the hot water needed for a bath






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Under the guidance of Ms. Heppenstall the boys have done fantastic work resulting in Monkstown Park attaining our first Green Flag this year.  We were proud to mark the occasion by raising the flag on top of our school.  We look forward to the new school year so we can begin working towards our next Green Flag!


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The ways in which we make our school a greener place to be: 

  • There has been a huge reduction on the amount of rubbish generated with plenty of recycling, composting and reusing happening in our school. 
  • The boys have entered competitions for making rockets and Christmas Decorations out of recyclable or recycled materials.
  • They have taken part in the Big Clean all around the local Monkstown area last April and look forward to doing the same next April!
  • We have made soup from the vegetables we planted last year and are enjoying the cheery spring flowers which we planted as bulbs.
  • We are working towards encouraging wildlife with bird feeders and a bug hotel.  (Thanks to Ali for his help).
  • The boys now use lunch boxes or bags instead of foil or clingfilm and have reusable drinking bottles.
  • 5th Class partake in lessons on cycling safety kindly facilitated by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Co. each year.
  • The boys had a visit from 'Down to Earth' Theatre Company who put on an environmental themed play called 'A Breath of Fresh Air'.  It was an excellent production which got across an important message in a fun and enjoyable way. Thank you to DLR CoCo for arranging the visit. 


Have a look at our Green School Notice Board the next time you are in to see what else we've been doing.

Well done to everyone for all their hard work.


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Ideas to reduce waste in our School

Use our lunchbox

Eat our food

Bring uneaten food and wrappers home

Avoid using cling film and aluminium foil. Use a box with a lid instead eg. Tupperware / plastic containers

Use a reusable drink bottle rather than carton juices

Compost bin, all apple cores, orange peel, fruit – each class has a day to empty the compost bin

Monday – 1st Class, Tuesday – 3rd Class, Wednesday – 4th Class, Thursday- 5th, Friday -6th Class

Food to be eaten in classroom and not walking around the school or yard

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