Plastic Free February

Plastic Free February

As part of our Green Schools Theme – Global Citizenship-Litter and Waste, the Green Team have decided to focus on our use of single use plastic packaging. For the month of February we will focus our attention on reducing the amount of plastic wrapping we use in the school community.

Some classes are choosing to do this by recording the number of plastic free lunches in the room. Our Green Recycling Ambassadors will survey our bins to notice and measure improvements we make. They have already noted some areas for improvement.

Suggestions for home involvement:

  • Share photos of clever tips for plastic free/package free lunches. We have many children who bring zero waste lunches so it would be lovely to share these tips with the community.
  • Share photos or stories of attempts to do plastic free shopping
  • Photograph changes in the recycle bin over the month

We will share these photos on the website or Green Notice Board.

We will be discussing and sharing ideas at school assemblies and in class.

The committee have noted all the brilliant actions that families are already doing in their homes to tackle this problem- no single use plastic straws, cutting down on takeaway drinks, buying package free fruit and veg etc. We’d love to share your tips!

The Green motto for waste reduction from the Zero Waste movement is

    • REFUSE
    • REDUCE
    • REUSE
    • RECYCLE
    • ROT (COMPOST)

    Great News! Newpark Secondary School students are driving a campaign to become Ireland’s First Single Use Plastic Free School! Many of our RETNS past pupils are Newpark students so we are very excited about this initiative.

    Thanks for the photos and tips we’ve received so far! Please keep them coming!

  • Look at these two children using reusable straws. Well done Guys!

A plastic wrapper free lunch box used by another family in the school, well done to you too!

Community walk to St. Enda’s

Community walk to St. Enda’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday 18th June 2013 the whole school walked to St. Enda’s Park for our annual school walk. We were lucky to have a lovely hazy sunny day, hopefully heralding a good summer this year!  Below is a selection of pictures from the day.

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Green Flag for Transport

Green Flag for Transport

 

 

The Green Schools Committee is delighted to announce that the school has been successful in achieving our 4th Green Flag for travel. Congratulations to all in the school community staff, parents/guardians and especially the children for this fantastic achievement.

Sponsored Cycle or Scoot Day – 19th April 2013

Sponsored Cycle or Scoot Day – 19th April 2013

On Friday we held a Sponsored Cycle or Scoot Day in RETNS to raise awareness about safe conduct on the roads and footpaths and also to raise money for new bike facilities at school.

 

Have a look at the photos of the day:

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The children of some classes performed at Assembly, in case you weren’t able to be there we have included them here:


RETNS Clothes Collection

RETNS Clothes Collection

HUGE thanks to everyone who got involved in the Eco Environmental  Clothes Collections last year. The two collections raised almost €600! As part of this year’s fundraising efforts we are are going to repeat these collections in November 2012 & May 2013. Great excuse for wardrobe clear outs over the mid term!! Please bring your bags of clothes / paired shoes / bags / belts /  hats & scarves / bed linen / curtains into the school the week after mid term. They will be collected on Friday 9th November.

Lá na gCrann 2012 – 11 Deireadh Fómhair Tree Day 2012 – October 11th

Lá na gCrann 2012 – 11 Deireadh Fómhair Tree Day 2012 – October 11th

Tree Day is an annual event, now in its sixteenth year, whereby one day in the primary school curriculum is exclusively devoted to the study and direct experience of trees. All 3,200 primary schools across Ireland are encouraged to  learn about trees and the environment in a fun, relaxed and stimulating setting. Tree Day will be held this year in all primary schools on Thursday, 11 October 2012. The theme for this year’s Tree Day is “Dá mbeadh crainn in ann labhairt” or “If trees could talk”. With this theme, children, adults and teachers are invited to explore the fascinating stories, the people and events of local, national and world significance that a tree in their locality may have witnessed in its lifetime. Tree day even has its own website with fun “tree things to do”
Link to Tree day website: www.treeday.ie