Our Green Code is “If we work as a team, we will keep our school green”
WOW Day Re Launch
On September 28th, Sandylane N.S had their WOW Day Re Launch. All parents, students and teachers met at Portarlington Leisure Centre and walked to school together. Everyone had their high visibility jackets on so that we could be seen on the road. All of the children made banners and Lorraine, our Green Schools Travel Officer, kindly let us borrow a 'Walk to School' banner. Everyone enjoyed walking to school together and we hope that all children will make a great effort to walk school every Wednesday. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who helped us walk to school safely.
We have started work for our Travel Flag. We will be looking at all of the different ways that we travel to school everyday. It is very important to know the rules of the road when coming to and from school. We had a visitor from the RSA in our school to talk about road safety. She told us to STOP, LOOK, WAIT and LISTEN before we cross the road. She also presented Junior Infants with high visibility jackets. Keep an eye on our Green School Notice Board for more information about the Travel Flag.
Junior Infants to 3rd class had a chance to take part in scooter training. All of the children brought in scooters and helmets. Caroline, from Green Schools, came in to show the children how to ride their scooters safely. Everyone really enjoyed riding around the yard on their scooters. It was a great day!
WOW Day Launch
On Wednesday 20th of April, Sandylane N.S. had it's first ever WOW Day. Children, Parents and Teachers all met at the park n' stride location and walked to school. We had a big banner that said 'We are walking to school today' that Caroline, from Green Schools, kindly let us borrow. We made a walking bus out of cardboard, carried some balloons and all of the children made banners in their classroom for the event. We had a great time walking to school and were so lucky with the weather. We hope that the children will continue to walk,scoot, park n' stride, cycle or car pool to school every Wednesday for the rest of this term.
The Green School's Committee and our Travel Officer Caroline Murphy went on a walkability audit in January to find the safest 'park and stride' area for us to safely walk to school. The children had to look out for hazards on the footpath, sign posts, pedestrian crossings and anything else that would be a hazard when we walk to school. We noticed an awful lot of dog excrement on the path. This was very disappointing to see as many people use the paths in the town. The children also marked important areas on a map of Portarlington and counted how many cars passed by. We picked two 'park and strike' areas, one beside Deverell's Oil and another one at the Leisure Centre. The children on the committee had to time how long it would take to get to the school from the 'park and stride' point. It only took 8 minutes from the Leisure Centre!! The walkability audit will be sent in Laois County Council and we hope to receive a copy in the school.
The children in fourth, fifth and sixth classes have been partaking in cycle training. The children have been learning how to ride their bicycles correctly and how to cycle safely on the road. They have also been learning how to maintain their bicycles. We would like to thank the Barbara Connolly Cycling School for coming into our school.
Raising of the Green Flag
We were very privileged to have The Minister for Education, Jan O' Sullivan, to our school to officially raise our third Green Flag. The Minister opened the new extension to our school and then took some time to raise the flag. It was a very enjoyable day.
We are delighted to have received Our Third Green Flag in Sandylane National School. The Green School Committee, Co- ordinators and school community have put in a huge amount of work to get the flag. Ms Foster, Ms Draper and two members of the Green School Committee went to Athlone to collect the flag and bring it back to school. We had a lovely day at the ceremony!
We are working very hard on our application for our third green flag. The theme that we are exploring is water. We have set up a water squad in school. The water squad checks every classroom at break and lunch time to make sure that we are keeping the taps turned off.
Walk for Water
On Friday the 16th of January we had our Water Action Day. Every class participated in some water activities. We all went on a Walk for Water. We raised money for the charity GOAL. A visitor from GOAL came in to talk to the Senior Classroom and we presented her with a cheque for the charity.