Green Flag

Scoil Naomh Cualán currently has three Green Flags. Our most recent flag was awarded for water. Although our main focus this year was water, we must  maintain the work we have previously completed on the themes of litter and waste and energy. Therefore, we requested that all children take home their waste from their lunchbox everyday. Not only did this reduce our waste in school, it also ensured that parents were aware as to what their children actually eat in school. We thank our guest celebrity, Jimmy Finn, who raised our third green flag in association with our Green Flag Committee. We also thank all parents and children for their support in maintaining our care of the environment in the areas signified by our three green flags.











Our Water Display- all children in the school have made a pledge to try and do their best to save water in school and at home.


Children in Scoil Naomh Cualan have made numerous changes to try and reduce their water consumption eg. a basin was put in each sink,’Turn it off’ campaign, use of hippo bags in toilets etc.


Be Water Smart Art Competition

Sample entry from Shane in Fifth Class









Every year Scoil Naomh Cualán takes part in the National Spring Clean initiative run by An Taisce. While we always pride ourselves in striving to keep a clean, litter-free school, we make an extra special effort during National Spring Clean month. This year our Spring Clean took place on April 5th. The children were given a designated area in either the school grounds or the immediate environs. Each class headed off with their specially designed aprons to carry out their clean-up duties, and the school and surrounding areas were  left spick and span afterwards!IMG_0837[1]








On the 7th of April, children from third and fourth class and members of the Green School Committee from the senior school got the opportunity to visit the Water Treatment Plant in Coolbawn. It was an extremely interesting and worthwhile trip and the children returned to school with a great knowledge of how water is treated. A heartfelt thanks to Marian Carey for organising the trip and a huge thanks also to our Parents’ Council who funded the outing.








We are working very hard to get Green-Schools ‘Water’ flag this next year. We held our Action Day on Friday 3rd June 2016. All the school got involved in the action filled day. The Green School Committee organised the day to be ‘Blue Day’. All children were permitted to wear blue clothes for the day keeping in line with the water theme. An art competition was held within each class. Every child in the school created a ‘Blue Picture’. The Green School Committee selected winners from each class. All classes got the opportunity to play fun water games on the day as well as numerous science experiments based on the theme of water eg. jelly making, water filtration, slime making, gravity free water, bendy water to name but a few. We were also extremely thankful to Tom Young who came to both the junior and senior school on the day to talk to the children about his ability to divine for water. He gave us a really interesting account of his work.








Our older Green School Committee members have been very busy planting in our newly painted tyres. Well done to the boys and girls in fifth and sixth class.









Congratulations to all who helped Scoil Naomh Cualán to achieve second place in the Tidy Schools’ Competition for the Templemore-Thurles Municipal District 2016. We were delighted to repeat this success in 2017! Well done everybody and keep up the good work!









Jane and Shane from sixth class  travelled to Hotel Kilkenny along with Mrs. Kenneally on Wednesday, 24th May 2107 to collect the third Green Flag for Scoil Naomh Cualán. We were awarded the flag for water conservation. Well done to all the children and staff in the school who made an excellent effort over the last few years to save water consumption.