Environmental Awareness Week, March 2023
Environmental Awareness Week 2023
Monday, 27th of February – Thursday, 3rd March 2023
We had our second annual Environmental Awareness Week (EAW) with an incredible programme of events which ran from Monday 27th February to Friday 3rd March. Each day had an individual theme. Monday’s theme was ‘Energy Efficiency’, Tuesday’s ‘Water Conservation’, Wednesday’s ‘Biodiversity’, Thursday’s ‘Sustainable Transport’ and Friday’s ‘Waste Management’.
We used our ‘Triple A Approach’ to promote each theme – Awareness, Appreciation, Action and each day had activities for students and staff to take part in to raise Awareness, encourage Appreciation and prompt Action.
On Monday we launched our Green Schools Strategic Plan and invited staff and students for feedback. Since it was World Sustainable Energy Day on Monday, we held a digital detox as part of the hobby showcase in the CADLC.
Activities through out the week included, a beach clean-up, water conservation signs, a travel survey, classroom activities, lunchtime Kahoot quiz, as well as lunchtime litter patrols and an art display in St. the Patrick’s corridor during the week.
On Wednesday we ran Biodiversity Walks around our beautiful campus for certain classes led by Cathal Copeland. Cathal is a wealth of knowledge in all areas of biodiversity. He shared some great insight into biodiversity around the campus.
We held our popular Climate Café on Friday, serving hot chocolate to students and staff and highlighting our ‘Triple A Approach’. We also presented our prizes to our winners of two competitions. The first competition was an art competition where students made a piece out of items they found in the recycling bin. Congratulations to Daniel Francis (1st), Dylan Drum (2nd) and Harry Lowes (3rd).
Our second competition was to design a book illustration for Eddie O’ Connors new book. Congratulations to Daniel Flannery, Dixon Chango, Matthew Buckley, Darragh Kilbride, Finlay MacKay, Sascha Gibney, Oscar Mannion and Ricky Shin, who produced some excellent work centred around energy. All pieces are featured in the book.
Overall, we in the Green Schools’ Committee are very happy with how our first EAW went and we look forward to our next one in the next school year!
We thank Ms Harlowe, Ms Wyse and our Green Schools Committee for the organisation of a great week.