Nature Scavenger Hunt
Big Walk and Wheel 2022
SCU2 made posters to promote
The Big Walk and Wheel.
Well done SCU2!
The eager beavers in Year 1 are so excited about The Big Walk and Wheel that they completed one of the Sustrans activities today!
We love your creativity and your enthusiasm!
BIG WALK AND WHEEL
21 March - 1 April 2022
Children’s Mental Health Week
Our Tribute Tree and Memorial
In Memory of Rev Adger
The Eco Council with Mrs Adger, Mrs Moles and Mrs Brown placing the memorial stone in memory of Rev Adger.
A link sent by Iain Sneddon from Sustrans for parents interested in helping their child to ‘ditch their stabilisers.’
Our Story in the Making
NI BEYOND 100
Planting for a Positive Future
At the beginning of the school year The Eco Council had applied to Trees For Schools for a free tree to mark the Centenary Year for Northern Ireland. Pupils had a choice of trees to choose from and decided on the ornamental cherry as a nice addition to our school grounds. They decided to plant the tree at the entrance to the school where it will have room to grow. The children were following the theme of “Planting for a Positive Future” and were excited at the prospect of what their tree will look like in another 20 years. We dug the hole, prepared the ground and made sure that the tree was firmed in. The
Eco Council then thought it would be a good idea to use some membrane and bark to keep weeds and grass from growing around the trunk so they plan to do that next. Let’s hope it won’t be too long before it blossoms!
With COP26 taking place in November pupils were encouraged to make a pledge to the environment (a small change they would be prepared to make). They were also encouraged to think of a pledge they would like their Council to make to improve the environment.
Pupils throughout the school recorded their pledges on leaves which were sent to Newry & Mourne and Down District Council Office. This has given our young people a voice, will hopefully help them see the potential positives with regards to Climate Change and realise that we can all play a small part.
A big thank you to John Ross of Ross Cycles for assisting Iain Sneddon from Sustrans when carrying out the Dr Bike bicycle health checks.👏🚴🏻♂️👍
Well done to everybody for making Dich the Dark/Bling Your Bike Day such a success! 🚴🏻♂️👍🌟
We continue working with Sustrans this year and hope to gain our Gold Award. We will do this by sustaining and hopefully exceeding our level of active travel to school, by our pupils being actively involved in decision making and engaging with the whole school community to promote active travel. This can be through walking, scooting, cycling to school or even park and stride.
We hope you will help us gain our Gold Award by engaging with our programme of events this year.👍🚴🏻♂️
Bling Your Bike/Ditch The Dark Day
Congratulations to our newly elected Eco Council members👏👏👏
Bike to School Week Information
In September the existing members of the Eco Council planted acorns from the oak trees which fell in the storms in Castlewellan. Members also planted chestnuts and walnuts and hope to plant the trees in our school grounds once they grown into saplings.
We are an ECO School and have achieved seven Green Flags.
To achieve our Green Flag classes had to nominate pupils who would make good ECO Council members. After pupils created their manifestos, pupils voted and the new ECO Council were elected.
We took part in Operation Energy Power Down Day. The whole school were involved in taking an active role in reducing our energy consumption. Even the school kitchen got involved! Pupils were responsible for ensuring lights and electrical equipment were switched off when not in use. From this pupils decided that we should appoint energy monitors in each class in order to reduce our bills and our carbon footprint.
After Operation Energy some pupils created posters to encourage the whole school community to keep on reducing energy consumption.
In response to Operation Energy Power Down Day the Year 7 class decided to use the data and our school electricity bills to work out how much we saved. Last year their work and class display earned us the title of First Place in the International World Day of Action.
We have been working closely with the RSPB to ensure we are doing our best to 'Give Nature a Home.' Karen Sheil form RSPB visited the school earlier in the year to carry out bird identification workshops and complete our Big Schools Bird Watch.
As an Eco Council we decided that the bed in front of the school needed cleared. Mr Nelson, staff members and some pupils helped to clear the area before we sowed it in grass. The whole school was then given the opportunity to come up with designs for the area which we hope to implement in Term 3. We are sure you will agree it is already a great improvement.
The Eco Council used their Green Hat Thinking to create an Eco Rap for the school. Every class has the Eco Rap on display in their classrooms as a reminder of the Eco Rules our school follows.
We met with the Board of Governors to share our Eco Rap. We also told them about the projects we have been carrying out and things we are still working on.
The whole school was involved in a Big Spring Clean to tidy our school grounds and collect litter. We collected two bags of litter. We also collected three bags of garden waste which we placed on our compost heap. Well done everyone for your excellent efforts to make our school grounds look good!!
All classes Y1-7 attended talks and workshops based on recycling with Noel from Arc 21. We learned what we need to put in each of our bins, what goes into the landfill, what we can do to reduce the amount of rubbish and how we can recycle more.
By saving money from our electricity bill we were able to purchase a night vision camera which is allowing us to see what wildlife is visiting our school grounds. We hope you enjoy looking at the videos and we will continue to upload and add video footage weekly.
Doreen Muskett, President of the NI Amenity Council said "As Best of the Best, Cumran Primary displayed a fantastic example of the whole school working as a community for the benefit of the pupils, teachers, parents and the environment around them. The entire school is involved in the care of the grounds and the pupils are enthusiastic about recycling, and all aspects of the environment. One element which stood out for the judges was that the pupils share their playground with wild bees."