Sunday 20 October 2019

Shielbaggan pupils walk miles for the environment and Trócaire

Michael Nolan, 4th class; Danny McPhillips, 5th class and Harry Murphy, 4th class
Michael Nolan, 4th class; Danny McPhillips, 5th class and Harry Murphy, 4th class
Rowena McGrath, 3rd class; Holly Cassidy, 3rd class; Jessie Bates, 5th class; Marie McDonald, 6th class; Ava Foley, 5th class; Roisin O’Connor, 3rd class; Mollie Murray, 5th class; Gemma Murphy, 3rd class; Katie Costello, 5th class, Ceoys Whelan, 5th class

David Looby

The children in Scoil Naomh Úna, Shielbaggan have been working on a water theme this year as part of their Green-Schools project.

One element of the project is to have a Water Day of Action, which saw pupils participating in a Walk for Water exercise.

The children carried six litres of water for 6km in a relay. This initiative was to raise awareness of water shortage in the world and to remind the children that women and children in some developing countries have to walk an average 6km a day to get to water.

The children in the senior classes set up various experiments associated with water and demonstrated their experiments to the younger children. Experiments included investigating how landslides occur and an experiment demonstrating water density.

Everyone in the school - including staff and pupils wore blue clothes for their Day of Action and they all donated €2 to the Trócaire box.

Principal Patricia Foran: 'We hope to use our money to buy a Trócaire gift of "Water Pumps and Irrigation".'

The school are now ready to complete their application for the Green-Schools Water flag.

'The application form is due to be submitted at the end of March and hopefully we will be attending this year's Green Flag ceremony in May,' Ms Foran said.

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