We thank Pam Thornton (Teacher/Project Coordinator) for the following article and images. (S.R.)
Put a STOP to the DROPs!’ is the new Green Code for Derinagree in their quest to save water. This code was chosen by Ms. Kiely’s Rang 3&4. The entire school has been busy conserving water.
Read the water meter weekly
check that taps are turned off properly
report leaks to our caretaker John
use a basin in the sink when washing up
inserted a (water filled)1L milk carton into each cistern to save 1 L for every flush.
We also invited 2 speakers who are experts on conserving water. Berne Connolly from the Cork Environmental Forum explained how little water in the world is safe for drinking! When we discovered that it was 1% we realised what a precious resource water is! She also showed us how much water is ‘hidden’ in the products we buy e.g. meat, clothes etc. She encouraged us to grow our own food.
Stephanie O’ Toole (from STREAMSCAPES) shared with us the dangerous world of MICRO BEADS! These are tiny plastic particles commonly used in shampoos & toothpaste to improve cleansing power. However we soon realised the terrible harm these pieces of plastic were to the fish.
You can download an app called ‘Beat the Microbead’. Use this app to scan products for these microplastic ingredients! You can then choose to buy a product that does not harm aquatic life.
As a result of these inspirational guests, the senior classes made their own GREEN CLEANING product with vinegar, breadsoda & lemon juice!
“A huge thank you to everyone who supported our recent clothing collection & coffee morning. It was a wonderfully enjoyable morning and a great success raising a total of €1500. Many thanks again to all for your support.
We would also like to thank KBC bank for supporting Derrinagree N.S. with their Bright Ideas fund. KBC awarded Derrinagree N.S. €300 funding for maths and science resources to assist the school through the ‘Green-Schools’ programme. The programme will teach primary school pupils about the importance of conserving and protecting our natural resources. The ‘Green Schools’ programme is an international environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment. Through interactive engagement with environmental issues and improving their local community, the pupils learn the difference small changes can make and feel empowered to believe they can make a difference.” We thank Irene O’Mahony for the text above and for the pictures below. (S.R.)
“Derrinagree National School Parent Association would like to offer our sincere thanks to all who attended our proclamation day yesterday. A special thank you to Connie Houlihan & Conor Murphy from Cullen Pipe Band who helped us mark the occasion. Thanks also to the teachers and the pupils for the beautiful 1916 displays and very entertaining show to mark the event. Christina O’Connell & Sadhbh Murphy were the oldest and youngest to attend the celebration.” We thank Irene for this report.(S.R.)
“As part of Derrinagree National School’s literary programme, we are looking to encourage our children to read more.
We are seeking donations of good quality books for children between 5 – 13 years. We are running a book drive in the school from Monday 25th January to Friday 29th January and would appreciate donations of any good quality children’s books.
Of particular interest are children’s favourites such as Enid Blyton – Famous Five, Malory Towers, Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach etc. And new popular authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams, Jeff Kinney (Diary of a wimpy kid), early reader books etc. Thank you.”
Many thanks, Irene, for this important message. (S.R.)
Derrinagree NS children from 3rd & 4th classes who donated their handmade hats, scarves & snoods to the Simon Community in Cork. They also made Christmas Cards for people without a home this Christmas. A delegation from the school delivered these special gift packs & helped pack the hampers in Cork on a Friday night before Christmas.
Thank you especially to Margaret Crean,(past pupil of Derrinagree) for her part in inspiring our school to help the homeless in Cork. A big thank you also to the expert Derinagree Knitting Ladies who’s knitting workshops with 1st- 6th Classes every Wednesday resulted in all concerned being very proud of the finished products!
The following notice and picture arrived from Irene. (S.R.):
“Derrinagree National School has been selected by TESCO MALLOW as one of its community funding projects. For the next 8 weeks we will have a cylinder inside the door in Tesco Mallow. At the checkout shoppers take the blue tokens and drop them into their nominated cylinder.
A sum of money is divided between the 3 projects and at the end of the 8 weeks the group with the most votes gets the largest share.
Please spread the word to any friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues who shop in Tesco Mallow to please support us.
“A HUGE thank you to everyone for all your help & support on Saturday. It was a lovely, enjoyable morning and a tremendous success. Your support is greatly appreciated…. Derrinagree Parents Association ” writes Irene following the clothes collection & coffee morning which was held on Saturday, 19th Sept. from 11.00 a.m. until 1.00 pm. and which is a major fundraiser for Derrinagree N.S.. (S.R.)
Derrinagree Parents Association are holding a Used Clothing Collection and Coffee Morning Saturday 19th September from 11 am to 1pm in Derrinagree school. All unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, toys and mobile phones are accepted. Thank you for your support and all are very welcome. (We thank one of the Coordinators for the important information… S.R.)
The Army Band has rescheduled its visit (originally it was to happen on 23rd June) to Derrinagree to help celebrate the highly prestigious 2nd Green Flag Award. The Band are now coming on this Wednesday 17th June. Extended is an open invitation for anyone interested in attending the wonderful occasion. The event is to begin at 11.00 a.m.. Weather hopefully will ‘play its part’! We congratulate the Pupils and Staff of the School on receiving such an important Award. We thank Pam for alerting us to the upcoming special event at Derrinagree N.S.. (S.R.)