Belvedere College - Green Schools

Green Schools

Green Schools

On Friday September 19th we had a ceremony to raise our third Green Flag for the water theme .

The Headmaster, Mr. Gerry Foley introduced the Green Schools Committee and congratulated them on their success .

Then there was a presentation to Mrs. Charlotte Dalamer , the Parent Representative on the Committee , who has given many years of dedicated service and who has now retired from the committee .

The Guest of Honour, the film star, Jack  Raynor got a rousing reception. He spoke fondly of his days in Belvedere and urged the boys to follow their dreams . He then asked for a minute's silence to honour Mr. Paddy O'Hanlon, a former Science teacher who died unexpectedly earlier in the week .Then to tremendous applause , he raised our third Green Flag.

After the ceremony Jack was very gracious and gave autographs and posed for photos including a few " selfies "!!

It was a great occasion.

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An application for Belvedere College S.J. to be awarded its third Green Flag has been successful!

Save Water Poster Competition

Luke Nolan – Rudiments Kenney is 
Regional Winner of An Taisce “Save Water” Poster Competition
sponsored by Samsung Galaxy. Congratulations Luke!

Green Flag visit to Summer Row Community Garden

We visited this inner city garden just off the North Circular Road on March 25th, and were shown around by Garvan. The garden was created in 2009 from a piece of empty ground that was being used as a rubbish dump. It is now fenced in and filled with fruit and vegetable plants in raised beds. It is run by volunteers, and features a very effective composting system. We saw gooseberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry plants and cherry, pear and apple trees, and lots of veg including leeks, potatoes, onions, garlic, broccoli, and carrots. In the poly-tunnel there are grape vines and lemons and limes, tomatoes and more. Herbs are planted along the fence so people can pick them even when the garden is closed.

Rain water is harvested off the poly-tunnel via gutters and stored in a 1000 litre underground tank, and is also collected from neighbouring roofs into a second large tank above ground. There is a stationery bike to pump water up to the irrigation system, and solar panels are also used to power the pumps. Dublin Bus, Croke Park and Dublin City Council are amongst those who have given the project grants and awards.

There is an enjoyable short video on The volunteers get to share the produce, and the group hold community parties and events. We really enjoyed discovering this oasis, and would like to sincerely thank Garvan for his time and enthusiasm.

Green Schools Action Day
Last week several groups of transition students from the College went down to the Irish Aid Centre on O’Connell Street. This is an educational centre operated by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.
When we arrived we were ask to complete some preliminary exercises on water usage and were tested on what we knew about poverty and conditions in third world countries and in particular within Africa.
Then we split into two groups. One group role played a game where we each acted as a local family in poverty and had to survive various difficulties such as water shortages, drought and famine. My family was hit hard by severe hardships through no fault of its own. The other group watched a video about a rural village in Africa, who came together with the help and support of Irish Aid and are now moving out of poverty.
It was a fascinating afternoon out and I am very impressed with the work that the Irish government does through Irish Aid.

Matthew Murchan
Syntax Scully

Read Elements Scully report on their Water awareness event compiled by Tom Hegarty, Jed Jones, Fiachra Nolan, Morgan and Rory Birthistle here...

Belvedere is seen to be green! And remember to save water it doesn't grow on trees. Thank you for donating to Irish Aid for water projects in Africa.

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Green Flag
1. The whole school in the yard for the raising of the 2nd Green Flag.

2.Rory Booth of 5th Year receiving 50 Euro from the Headmaster Mr. Foley for his winning slogan "Save doesn't grow  on trees."
3.Members of the Green School Committee, Maintenance and Management.
4.Past pupils and Munster Rugby players Ian Keatley and James Downey raise our 2nd Green Flag !
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