Category: ‘Green Schools Programme’

2017-2018 :Green Schools Committee

March 3, 2018

Green School Committee Members 2018

First Class: Fionn Whelahan, Callum Kennedy
Second Class: Aidan Kearns, Shane Dillon
Third Class: Dylan Carroll, Jack McAulay, Sean Scully
Fourth Class: Micheal McAteer, Leo Shannon
Fifth Class: Dylan Guilfoyle, Noah Richardson, Evan Brady ,Stephen Nolan
Sixth Class: Sam McAulay, Tymon Kaczmarczyk, Conor Kelly

Staff – Ms Pilkington / Ms Doyle

Overall aim- To continue and develop the Green schools an taisce programme within the schools.
Encourage and promote Green Travel.

Build up to the following year 18/19- new application / application renewal

Raising 5th Green Flag- 2017

July 20, 2017

We raised the Green flag for Bio-diversity at the end of June also. The committee spoke about all the work that had been carried out by pupils and teachers. The flag was raised by Mrs Lonergan and then all the boys got to get some ice-cream from the van. Thanks to our fantastic Parents Association for sponsoring the ice- creams which were very popular on the day!

School reopens for pupils on Thursday 31st August and we wish pupils and families a happy and safe summer.








Birr Lunchtime cycle

June 18, 2017

Wednesday 14th June – 5th and 6th class boys with Offaly sports partnership
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Green flag awarded 2017- Biodiversity

June 13, 2017

Green flag awarded to St Brendan’s PS 2017
St Brendan’s PS were awarded their 5th Green Flag from An Taisce this month at the regional awards ceremony in Athlone. This was the culmination of 2 years work by our fantastic Green Schools committee led by teachers Sarah Pilkington and Paula Doyle. The committee was made up of pupils from each of our older classes. Jack and Dylan travelled to Athlone representing the boys and they look fab in full uniform as well—fair play lads! Pictured also is Mieke Scholte who is our long standing support from An Taisce. The committee will celebrate in style with lunch down town before June and we hope to raise the flag on the last day of this term—Friday 30th June,
Their green code for this flag was—
You and me, together can help Bio-diversity.
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May 17- Green school award !!

April 28, 2017

Green Flag Awards Ceremony: Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone

Dear Green-Schools Committee,

An Taisce has great pleasure in informing you that your application for the International Green Flag award has been successful. Congratulations on all your hard work and achievement, we hope you can celebrate with us at an upcoming National Green Flag awards ceremony.

Great work and well done to all involved-

PA / BOM memorial to Johnny Cleary RIP

October 25, 2015

St Brendan’s Boys NS Pay Moving Tribute To Late Johnny ClearyThursday, 22 October 2015

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THE ‘unwavering dedication’ and commitment to hurling coaching at St Brendan’s Boys Primary School, Birr by the late Johnny Cleary was marked in a moving tribute at the school last week.
In a fitting tribute to the much loved local man, an oak tree was planted in the school’s grounds along with the erection of a beautifully inscribed plaque, which reads: ‘This oak was planted by the Board of Management and Parents Association on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 in recognition of Johnny Cleary (RIP) for his unwavering dedication to hurling coaching in St Brendan’s Boys School.’
Members of the extended Cleary family attended the very emotive and moving event and were joined by staff, students, members of the Parents Association, the Board of Management and the local community.
Addressing the crowd, Damien Dillon, of the Parents Association, explained that in July last, ‘we lost a fantastic GAA man here in Birr’ with Johnny’s passing. ‘He was also a fantastic man within the school and in tribute, we planted this lovely tree in his memory.’
Niall Crofton, School Principal, noted that the oak tree would be in the school forever and was also overlooking the school’s newly unveiled hurling wall, which was a fitting tribute to Johnny.


2015 Green school committee

October 25, 2015

New Green school committee elected.
New campaign towards biodiversity7A4A6589

Oct 15: Wild birds at the school

October 25, 2015

St. Brendans gone to the birds !
Mr Sam Rochford visited the school during October with his owls and birds of prey. The boys from SI / 1ST / 3RD AND 4TH got to see and rub an eagle owl , a barn owl and a tawny owl. He also had a Harris hawk and some ferrets in his pockets ! He chatted with the lads and they all learnt about these cool creatures. Thanks to Mick Hansbury and St Brendans game club for organising the visit.




May 15: Wooden house project

June 2, 2015

The boys from Mr. Carrolls class took part in a cool project where they all got to plan , design , construct and paint wooden bird houses and fairy houses. Thanks to Mr. Carroll and Mick for all the help.100_6494





Feb Scooter Challenge

February 10, 2015

As part of Green schools we are taking part in An Taisce scooter challenge as part of Green school travel initiative. Boys are encouraged to scooter ( safely ) to school and we will have some areas / activities organised during feb during some breaks / lunchtimes. Watch this space !