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Elphin C.C. News 4-3-11

Deputy Feighan Visits School

Our Junior cert class had a talk from Mr. Frank Feighan TD on Monday 28th February as part of their CSPE project.

Students found it very interesting and had a lot of questions for the Fine Gael TD. We would like to congratulate Frank on his re-election and wish him the best of luck in the new Dail term.

Transition Year Environmental Awareness Projects

Eco Fashion Show

Congratulations to all T.Y. students who recently participated in two environmental awareness projects organised by Roscommon County Council. Work started last November and culminated in a one day event in the Roscommon Arts Centre on February 15th last, where Elphin C.C won second prize in the Eco Fashion Show. Given the quality and very high standards of participating schools – we were delighted with this achievement and in particular would like to acknowledge the creative talents of the design team, made up of Laura Crotti, Roisin Giblin, Emma Canning and Leanne Murray, who was also chief make-up artist on the day. Others involved were Hazel Conroy, Deborah Byrne and Paul Anderson who put together a thought provoking power point presentation with music to accompany the costume on stage.

The design was based on the Japanese Kimono and was comprised of three layers, each of which represented the impact of human activity on the earth – past, present and future. Roisin Giblin, Pooky Mitchell and Bronagh Weston presented. It was made entirely from recycled materials ranging from old curtains, newspapers, tin foil and straws to black refuse sacks, crisp/ sweet packets , bun cases and much more! Quirky accessories included a fan made from CD’s and chopsticks, headpieces made using old maps, baling twine and wire, also plaited black plastic in a wire frame, old sandals and an umbrella covered in torn magazines and decorated with ‘origami’ or folded paper butterflies completed the look. This colourful creation was the result of many hours of hard work and effort which we hope you will agree was well worth it! A final reference must be made to our model Breifne O’ Rourke, as she did a wonderful job interpreting the role which was as much about presentation as costume design. Well done everyone!

 Anti- litter Film

The second project focused on making a short film with an anti- litter / environmental theme, again sponsored by Roscommon County Council. Our main aim from the start was to include as many students as possible both on/ off screen to avail of this unique opportunity. Much credit must be given to the skillful and creative talents of the script writing team who came up with a clever adaptation of the TV3 programme ‘Take Me Out’. These students were Finbarr Mc Dermott, Hazel Conroy, Donal Brady and Ryan Larkin.

A professional media crew shot the film in the school on 21st January last alongside Mr. Noone who provided additional support throughout. It was an exciting, enjoyable and worthwhile experience for all involved. The film was premiered on February 15th also and was very well received by all in attendance. Congratulations to everyone concerned and special thanks to Ms. Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Education Officer with Roscommon County Council for her valuable assistance over many months.

Green Schools

Green Schools is an international environmental education programme in which our school has been involved for a number of years. Having previously attained two flags attached to the scheme we embarked on the journey of working towards our third, which has ‘Water’ as its primary theme. The idea here is to promote awareness around water conservation and protection at home and at school. If we can work to reduce water consumption then huge savings can be made in energy costs and environmental impact which in turn can help reduce the rate of climate change largely associated with greenhouse gas emissions.

 

After forming our Green Schools Committee, we carried out an environmental review of our school and set about developing an action plan with priority targets to reduce our water usage and create awareness among students of the important issues regarding water.

This week Ms Lisa Mc Daniels from An Taisce, was a guest speaker in our school as part of an ‘Action Day’ for whole school participation. She spoke to every student on issues relating to water conservation, water quality and how we can raise awareness through poster/ slogan competitions. She brought in samples of water taken from a local river for students to examine and survey. The samples included many insects which were measured against a rated scale showing the level of pollution involved in the sample. As a result of this visit, students have become much more aware of their personal usage and how they can save water in the future both at school and at home. The visit has also increased awareness of the effects of pollution on water quality and how it is everyone’s responsibility to act in a manner which safeguards this most precious resource for future generations.

Cadette Girls Volleyball

Good luck to our Cadette Girls Volleyball team who are in the cadette A quarter finals against St. Brigid’s  Voc. School, Loughrea in Athlone next Friday. It is the first time the school has got this far at Cadette Girls A level.

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