As the weather improves the numbers walking, scooting or cycling to school is increasing.
Well done to Room 12. Twenty students came to school on foot, by bike or scooter this week.
A New Message from the Green School’s Committee
Click on this link to see a slide show of Bike Week in Our School. We cycled and scooted to school!
Green Schools Ireland have launched Scoot On a Wednesday Day (SOW). Have a look at the article here at http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/news/we’ve-wow-ed-and-cow-ed-now-it’s-time-to-sow.3152.html
or you can watch them on News2Day on rte.ie at http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10224940/
Dear Irish green friends,
Here are some pictures of our little fruit shop.
The ‘Badeendjes’, our climate action group of pupils, decorated a little fruit shop during playtime and they distributed fruit to anyone who wants it.
We asked the children and their parents to bring us fruit and vegetables from their own garden.
We had some pears left from our Tutti Frutti day. Tutti Frutti is a health project in Belgium : the children receive a piece of fruit every week, sponsored by the government and the local authority. This free fruit is not always local fruit, so we asked to keep in mind that every year in October we take action for ‘eat locally’ and they will deliver a Belgian apple or pear next year.
We received a lot of walnuts, apples and of course grapes ! In Overijse grapes are a speciality, although they are mostly cultivated in heated hot-houses. Not so eco-friendly.
We sent out the message that our food often travels a lot of kilometers and by eating local food, we reduce the CO2 produced during transport.
Gemeentelijke Basisschool Overijse
Please note: The green team are having a few technical problems!! Photographs to follow.
Our Belgian friends in Overijse suggested that we join them in celebrating International Eat Local Day on Wednesday 16th October and we were delighted to take part.
It was all about reducing food miles and our carbon footprint, eating locally grown fruit and vegetables and produce in season.
The food we buy in the supermarket often travels a lot of miles/kilometers to get to the shelves so by eating local food, we can help to reduce the CO2 produced during transport and in doing so help the environment.
We had beetroot, scallions, carrots, potatoes and leeks from the School vegetable garden.
The Happy Pear, our local organic fruit and veg shop, donated fruit and vegetables that were grown locally in County Wicklow – strawberries, tomatoes, chillies, apples, cooking apples and pears.
Supervalu, our local Irish supermarket, donated Irish-grown potatoes, courgettes, butternut squash and kale.
We compared the food miles, packaging, transport and energy used to get a banana from Costa Rica versus beetroot from our school garden, apples from Delgany (3km away) and a butternut squash from Ireland.
We look forward to seeing how the School in Overijse got on with their day.
A big thank you to the Happy Pear and Supervalu for all their help.
Our new Wardens look after the following areas in our school:
By choosing to cycle you are doing your bit to cut down on Green house gas emissions and helping to fight climate change.
Every kilometre you cycle instead of driving saves approximately 250g of CO2 emissions.
For more information go to Bikeweek.ie