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St. Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School Forkhill

Eco Schools


A New Addition to our School Garden!


We have a new addition to our school garden.  It is already attracting new species.  Watch out for the life cycle of the frog!


A big thank you to Derek Johnston, father of Alannah, Meaghan and Tiarnan, for providing the pond.


Thank you

Thank you to Sean Toner for donating all our Fair Trade treats for the Big Breakfast.  


Fair Trade Big Breakfast


The Eco-Committee's Trip to REGEN


Food Waste Management Assembly


Thanks to Cathy Gorman from 'Eco Schools- Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful' who came into school today to speak to the Primary 4 and Primary 5 children.  The Eco-Committee also took part in todays workshop all about food waste management.  Cathy was very impressed when the children spoke about the different measures we take in school to reduce and recycle our food waste.


A very busy day for the Eco Committee


Calling all parents!

The Eco-Committee are busy setting up a new Bug Hotel in the school garden.  If you have any old materials that you are finished with at home and think it could be used in the Bug Hotel, please leave it at reception. Thank you!

Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On Thursday 18th May, we will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.  Fingers crossed for some good weather!


The Eco-Committee welcomes Patrick McShane from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council


Easter Raffle in aid of our adopted Parish Mbikko

The Eco-Committee organised an Easter raffle to help our adopted Parish of Mbikko, Uganda. The Sisters of St Francis will distribute the money to needy boys and girls buying books and pencils-things we take for granted. The total money raised was £265 and 15.50 euro. Thanks to all the boys and girls for being so generous.


Wrigley's Litter Pick


We had a very successful litter pick last week as you can see from the photographs. Each class did their bit to make our school and village look neat and tidy. Thank you to all our parent volunteers for helping us. Keep up the fantastic work!


Calling all volunteers!

Could you spare one hour next week to take part in our Big Spring Clean around the school grounds and beyond? If you can please report to the Eco-Committee. Thank you!

FAIRTRADE Big Breakfast for FAIRTRADE Fortnight


The Eco Committee held a FAIRTRADE Big Breakfast for staff this morning and would like to thank Marks and Spencer's for sponsoring the FAIRTRADE products used in our hamper and breakfast.  It was a huge success as the photos show (maybe we could have it every Friday!)




To celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight the Eco-Committee are very busy organising a coffee morning, attending conferences and organising a competition. Today a group of four from the Eco-Committee were chosen to attend a Fair Trade event in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre in Newry. They also visited Marks and Spencers to collect a Fair Trade hamper which will be the prize in the family competition.  Watch this space!


Environmental Calendar Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to Aoife, Daniel, Teighan and Aoife whose posters were highly commended in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's Environmental Calendar Poster Competition. 


Switch Off Fortnight


Watch out for the Energy Busters who will be making sure that electrical lights and devices are turned off when not being used. Listen out for our non-iPad day when we will be switching off for 12 hours!


Congratulations to the Primary 3's for being the class that saved the most electricity. 


The Waste Bus visits our school


Spring Clean Award


Congratulations to Ruby, Ava, Cliodhna, Caoimhe and Shane from the Eco Committee who represented the school at the 'Down Your Street' awards ceremony.  A certificate of recognition was presented along with a worm composter and a spot prize of five desk side blue bins for taking part in this years Big Spring Clean around the school grounds. A great day was had by all. A big thank you to Patrick McShane and all at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.


The Big Spring Clean


Well done to the Eco Committee and volunteers for taking part in the Big Spring Clean around the school grounds. Look at what we found!


Calling all volunteers!

Could you spare one hour on the 27th April to take part in our Big Spring Clean around the school grounds? If you can please report to the assembly hall at 9am. Thank you!

Calling all swifts!


We took delivery of a swift box this afternoon. Thank you to Built Heritage for supplying it.


Going bananas for FAIRTRADE


The Eco Committee would like to thank Total Produce, Dundalk for providing FAIRTRADE bananas for every child in the school to celebrate FAIRTRADE fortnight.


Eco Committee holds a FAIRTRADE Big Breakfast


The Eco Committee held a FAIRTRADE Big Breakfast for staff this morning and would like to thank Mr Adrian Garvey for sponsoring the FAIRTRADE products.  It was a huge success as the photos show (maybe we could have it every Friday!)


Eco Assembly


Members of the Eco Committee marked the beginning of Fair Trade fortnight with an assembly. They presented a PowerPoint Presentation on what Fair Trade is all about and had a question and answer session to follow. Well done.  A Fair Trade breakfast will take place on Friday 4th March.


Eco Committee takes delivery of new planters


Eco Committee

Just a reminder from the Eco Committee- don't forget to recycle all those Christmas cards and Christmas trees!