Biodiversity Action day
Nun's Cross National School held a day of action as they are working towards their fifth Green Flag, on biodiversity.
It was a great day that involved the whole school. Within the Green Flag programme, there are nine flags that schools can work towards. Currently in County Wicklow, there are 20 schools working towards their Biodiversity Flag.
School Principal, Ms Ward said: 'The Green School Committee is made of representatives from 3rd-6th Class and their co-ordinator is Ms Heaphy. They are a fantastic group who are eager for lots of new ideas to continue their journey towards a sustainable environment. The committee are continuously working on litter and recycling as well as water and energy conservation within the school.'
Every class had their role to play. Junior and Senior Infants planted wildflowers and bulbs in a new flower bed at the edge of the school forest. First and second class painted bird houses and bat boxes that were donated by parents and the Ashford Tidy Towns. The children in third and fourth class each brought in something for the existing bug hotel and repainted it also. Fifth and sixth class made sure that the pond was sufficiently clear of weeds for the frogspawn to continue their cycle as well as painting the fences, flower pots, PE shed and buddy bench that are in the school garden.
Ms Ward added: 'Overall, there were 140 children and many parent helpers involved. The school is transformed into a bright, colourful place for biodiversity to continue to flourish. The money for the painting materials was raised by a bake sale from 5th and 6th and donations from parents ensured the success of the day.'