Crumlin National School

Ballyglunin, Tuam

Archive for the ‘Green Schools’

Junior Infants Trip to Coole Park

Junior Infants had great fun on their trip to Coole Park where they met up with a guide who showed them all different aspects of nature to be found there.


Visitor from Brigid’s Garden

On Thursday the 5th of October, Will Softly (in association with SEAI) visited us from Brigid’s Garden and held workshops with Senior Infants, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Will informed the students of the various renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and had lots of fun with the pupils through games, puppets and dress-up. He gave us some great energy saving tips.

Will also demonstrated how chemical energy can be converted into electrical energy using apples!

Thanks Will for a great day!

Green Schools Awards

We are thrilled to announce that we have received our fourth Green Schools Flag for Travel. Three student representatives from our committee attended the Award Ceremony in the Galway Bay Hotel yesterday. We are very proud of all the work that has gone into achieving this flag by both students and parents and we are always delighted to see the whole school working together to achieve goals. Well done everyone and thank you! Our new flag will be raised in the coming weeks.

World Water Day

Wednesday, March 22nd is World Water Day.

World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home.

As a Green-Schools, our work on – and maintenance of – the theme of Water is helping to spread awareness of the Global Goals and of water issues locally and across the world.

C.N.S. are holding a ‘Walk for Water’ event. Walking for Water involves walking six kilometres with six litres of water (distance and weight will be adapted for younger students) to highlight the average distance walked in countries with issues of water scarcity by women and children to access clean water.

We hope to participate in Walking for Water on the 22nd of March, weather permitting. We will set off on our walk at 9.30am. 2nd to 6th Class will walk 6k with 5th and 6th carrying the 6 litres. Juniors to 1st will walk a shorter distance. Grandparents, Parents and families are invited to join us for this very important event.

Travel Action Day

On the 22nd of February, C.N.S. held their Travel Action Day and what a day of action it was!! It started off with the majority of our pupils walking or cycling to school in their fancy dress attire. They were then treated to a healthy breakfast, kindly served by Mairead, Marie and Sharon and sponsored by Donegal Foods and Flynn’s of Lackagh.

Two members of Athenry Fire Brigade visited the school with the fire truck and gave a fire safety talk. Next, we got to hear lovely stories from Abby’s Granny about how she travelled to school. Anne Browne also gave a lovely presentation about where she travels to with her work.

The day finished with a display of an electric car and parents were invited to visit each classroom to view projects, art work, experiments and listen to songs and poems completed by the children based on the travel theme.

Huge thanks to all the parents, grandparents and past pupils who helped out and contributed to our Action Day. Thank you also to our wonderful students for their very creative costumes and enthusiasm about the occasion. It was a very enjoyable and memorable day.


Visit to New Motorway

On the 14th of February, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Class took a trip to the new Gort-Tuam Motorway. They were accompanied by Sisk engineers Noel Curtis and Alan Mullane. Our Green-Schools Travel Officer, Ray Foley also joined us for the day. The students learned about the percolation area off the Motorway which helps prevent flooding and also how the wildlife was taken into consideration when the road was been constructed. The children also had to opportunity to ask the engineers what their jobs entailed of. We may have some budding engineers after our day out!

County Council Safe Cycling Day

On 20th October, Seán and Martin, from the County Council came to our school to instruct children from 3rd to 6th class on how to cycle safely on roads. They were extremely informative, friendly and helpful and the children learned a lot from them. They taught children how to correctly attach their helmets, braking skills, hand signals and taught them essential road safety skills. We ended the day by going on a 5km cycle to practise the skills learned. Thanks again to Seán and Martin for a very enjoyable day.


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National Slow Down Day

As part of the Green School Travel Programme, students are constantly made aware of the dangers of our roads. Local Garda Michael McDermott visited our school on ‘National Slow Down Day’ on the 21st of October to highlight these safety issues and to inform the pupils on how to keep themselves safe as both pedestrian and passenger. Pupils portrayed a vital message to drivers urging them to ‘SLOW DOWN’.

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Dr Bike Workshop

C.N.S. is currently in the second year of the Travel Flag Green Schools Programme. This week, Ray Foley from An Taisce visited our school and presented a Dr. Bike Workshop. Children learned the basic maintenance skills for taking care of their bikes such as pumping the tyres and adjusting the saddle. We are hoping to keep up WOW/COW Day until the Halloween break (weather permitting) and to relaunch it again in the Spring.

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National WOW Day

Crumlin N.S. students and parents are going from strength to strength each week with record breaking numbers of people walking this Wednesday for National WOW Day. A total of 100 students walked/part-walked to school this week donning some very fetching costumes, hats and posters. Massive thanks to all who made the effort and well done to all our little artists. Hopefully we have helped Green-Schools Ireland break their record of 20,000 children, all over Ireland walking to school. Congrats to 5th Class who won The Golden Boot this week!

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