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Garrydoolis N.S. Green Team 2013/14

Green News September 2013

We are delighted to announce that “Garrydoolis Green Team” 2013/14 has been formed. We are currently working towards our third green flag and our focus is on saving water. Whilst doing so, we must also maintain the good practices established in achieving our first two flags with regard to recycling and energy saving. We would like to draw your attention to the recycling area in the corridor where you may recycle old mobile phones, used ink cartridges, used batteries, used stamps and drained aluminum soft drinks cans. We are also turning lights and appliances off when not needed and there are always “leaky tap detectives” lurking to ensure that not a drop of water is being wasted!

As part of our water project we will study the water cycle, investigate water treatment, raise awareness around water charges and explore the consequences of water shortages, as well as collecting rainwater with which to water our plants.

We would like to spread our green message beyond our school and so we have provided some tips to help us all save water at home!

In the Kitchen

  • Don’t run your washing machine and dishwasher until they are full.
  • Only fill your kettle with as much water as you need – you’ll also save on your electricity bill.
  • Use a basin. It’s useful for washing dishes by hand or collecting the water you use to rinse fruit and veg – which can then be used for watering plants.
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap to make the water cool to drink.
  • Check for any leaks in your kitchen.

In the Bathroom

  • Use the shower instead of soaking in the bath.
  • Spend less time in the shower.
  • Flush the toilet only when necessary – depending on your cistern’s age and size one flush can use up to 9 litres of water.
  • Consider adding a displacement device to your cistern to reduce the amount of water used.
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.

In the Garden

  • Collect rainwater to use in your garden instead of using drinking water from the tap.
  • Use a rose head watering can instead of a hose to water your plants.
  • Avoid watering your lawn – grass can survive long dry spells and recovers quickly with the next rainfall.
  • Use a bucket and sponge to wash your car or windows instead of a hose.
  • Regularly check your outdoor taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks.

Our green motto is:

Reduce, reuse, recycle,
Bin the rubbish,
Spot the light,
Turn off the tap,
Be clean, be green!


Download our Water Survey Form (Sept. 2013)

Action Day for Green Schools (2014)

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Our Motto: Working Together / Ag obair le chéile