Our first application for Green Flag status was submitted to 'An Taisce' on 29/11/2007 and Wednesday 10th September 2014, we raised our third Green Flag for promoting Energy Awareness.

 

Our aim is to involve as many children as possible on committees or subcommittes. The children involved are from 2nd to 6th class.

 

We have found that this initiative has given the children values that will stay with them for life. Ultimately, sustainability is about being a good global citizen who helps ensure adequate resources for a clean and healthy environment.

OUR COMMITTEE LAST YEAR 2015/2016

 

 

WALK ON WEDNESDAY

A huge thank you to all parents, children and staff who doned their high-vis jackets and took part in our first 'WoW' day for this year on Wednesday September 29th. A large crowd (including some pets!) walked from Our Lady Queen of Peace church to the school. The Green Schools Committee would like to thank an Garda Síochana for being present on the day. Well done everyone and keep up the great work walking and cycling to school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOURTH GREEN FLAG

Congratulations to the staff and children for their hard work and dedication in securing our fourth Green Flag (Transport).Ms. Lantry (Green Schools Coordinator),two members of the Green Schools Committee and Mr. Flahive attended the Green Flag Awards Ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone ,on May 26th. We hope to celebrate the unfurling of our Transport Flag in September. Details will follow in early September.

ACTION DAY

As part of acquiring our flag for Transport, we held an ‘Action Day’ based on the travel theme on Friday, June 5th.

 

To begin the day, a large crowd (wearing their high vis jackets!) turned up at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and walked to the school. I would like to sincerely thank all parents, children and staff for making the effort to partake in the walk. It was wonderful to see so many people walking to school on the day.

After this, each class took part in a Climate Change workshop held by Mr. Ray Foley of An Taisce in the GP room, which was adorned with projects from each class about transport. Each class was given a souvenir and there were even spot prizes! We would like to thank Mr. Foley for facilitating this workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CycleSafe Training:

CycleSafe training continues each Thursday until May 7th for 6th Class pupils. 5th Class pupils will begin the training on Thursday May 14th. Children will be given a letter and permission slip to be signed and returned before the programme commences. The programme will equip the children with the necessary skills to safely ride their bicycles on the road. Bicycles and all safety gear will be provided but children may bring their own bicycles if they wish.The Greens Schools Committee would like to thank Westmeath Sport Partnership for facilitating the programme in our school.

Road Safety Authority talk

On Monday February 9th and Tuesday February 10th, Emma Clerkin from the Road Safety Authority spoke to each class in the school about road safety, in particiular how the children could keep themselves safe when travelling to and from school when walking, cycling, travelling by car and travelling on the bus. Emma spoke to the chidren about the importance of making themselves as visible as possible when walking or cycling, the importance of a wearing a helmet correctly when cycling and using seatbelts in cars and buses. All staff and students wish to thank Emma for the entertaining and very important workshop that she delivered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Bike Days:

On Monday February 16th, each class got the opportunity to take part in a workshop presented by Mr Ray Foley from An Taisce. As part of the workshop, Mr Foley discussed the different parts of a bike and identified all the tools one might use when repairing a bike. He spoke to the children about doing an 'M-check' on their bikes to check that it is ready for the road. The workshop was very informative and enjoyable.

Mr Foley returned on Wednesday February 18th and concluded the 'Dr Bike Days' by fixing bicycles belonging to the children. This included things like fixing a punctured tyre, oiling chains and adjusting saddles. The Green Schools Committee would like to thank Mr Foley for presenting this workshop and of course for fixing our bicycles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Schools Update:

 

On Wednesday 10th September 2014, the pupils, staff and parents of Coosan  National School gathered to raise the school’s third Green Flag, joined by special guests Fr Declan Shannon, Gabrielle McFadden TD and Cllr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran. The school received their flag for their work promoting Energy Awareness.

 

Entertainment on the day was provided by the Army Band, under the batton of Company Sergeant Terry Donoxan. The band played a selection of songs including songs from ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Toy Story’ and a very popular One Direction medley. They also took the time to show the various instruments to the children and even got some volunteers to conduct the music!

 

Afterwards school principal Mr Tom Flahive spoke about the trojan work done by pupils and staff in obtaining the flag and in particular by the Green Schools committee and sub-committees including current staff members Ms Eagney, Ms Brophy and Ms Lantry and former staff members Mrs Forde and Mrs Delaney. He thanked the school’s Parents,  Board of Management and Parent’s Association for their continued support as the school works towards obtaining its fourth Green flag for Transport with initiatives such as ‘WoW’ (Walk on Wednesdays), which will relaunch from next Wednesday (September 17th).

 

Mrs Catherine Monagan and Mr Flahive then raised the Green Flag as the band members played. Parents and guests were invited for refreshments courtesy of the Parent’s Association while the children were rewarded for all their hard work with an ice-cream treat. A wonderful and enjoyable day was had by all.

"Water is for using, not abusing"

2016-2017

The Green School Committee is working hard this year to continue the good work of previous flags (Litter, Energy, Water and Transport). Different class groups are responsible for collecting and recycling paper, collecting used mobile phones and batteries, collecting compost bins and picking up any litter around the school. Each class continues to make sure that they are not wasteful when using electricity and water in the classroom and that all litter is put in the correct bins. A sizeable number of pupils continue to walk, cycle or park and stride when travelling to and from school each day. Well done everyone and keep up the good work!

       WALK ON WEDNESDAY

Our WOW (Walk on Wednesday) initiative on May 17th was a great success. A huge thank you to all parent(s)/guardian(s), staff and children who turned out in such large numbers. Many parent(s)/guardian(s) have continued to walk with their children to school. This has been very helpful in alleviating the traffic congestion at the school in the mornings.

Green Schools- W.O.W DAYS:

 

On Wednesday May 7th 2014, we launched our ‘Walk on Wednesday’ initiative. Each week, we ask as many children (and parents if they wish) to walk to school on Wednesday. We met at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 8.45 a.m and walked from there to the school. As part of our launch, we had a Non-Uniform Day and we asked all children to make an effort to wear something green.

 

Our Walk on Wednesday initiative has been very successful thanks to your incredible support.  We hope to continue it in September.

 

We will unfurl our 3rd Green Flag on Wednesday, 10th September 2014.

 

Please see photos.......

"Beauty dies where litter lies!"

 

  • Mobile Phones:

    We appreciate your help in our endeavour to obtain our second ipad, which arrived before Christmas.  We are now saving old mobile phones for our third Ipad.  Thank you so much for your continued support in our efforts to expand our collection of ipads in our school. Autism Ireland informed us that as of now, we need to collect 225 phones to obtain a third ipad. We have 167 mobile phones at present. 

"Show you care, be energy aware!"

WOW GOLDEN BOOT WINNERS: 

WEEK 2ND-6TH MARCH

MS. THOMPSON'S 2ND CLASS

MR. KILLIAN'S 5TH CLASS

 

WEEK 9TH-13TH MARCH

MS. THOMPSON'S 2ND CLASS

MR. REYNOLDS' 4TH CLASS 

 

WEEK 16TH-20TH MARCH

MS. MCELROYS'S 1ST CLASS

MS. BROPHY'S 3RD CLASS 

 

WEEK 23RD-28TH MARCH

MS. DUIGNAN'S SENIOR INFANTS

MR. REYNOLDS' 4TH CLASS 

 

WEEK 13TH-17TH APRIL

MS. DUIGNAN'S SENIOR INFANTS

MRS. O'TOOLES'S 3RD CLASS 

 

WEEK 20TH-24THAPRIL

MS. DUIGNAN'S SENIOR INFANTS

MS. LANTRY'S FOURTH CLASS

 

WEEK 27TH APRIL-1ST MAY

MS. DUIGNAN'S SENIOR INFANTS

MR. KILLIAN'S 5TH CLASS

 

 

WELL DONE!

 

CYCLE TRAINING

Address:
Castlequarter,

Coosan,

Co. Westmeath

coosanns@gmail.com
Tel: 090 64 78356
Fax: 090 64 78356

Mobile: 087 7783777

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