Green Schools – Another Flag Awarded in November 2020

The Green Schools Awards were held online on November 11th. Ms Ronan and the Green Schools committee were delighted to be presented with the schools 4th flag for the ‘Travel’ theme.

All pupils, families and staff played a huge part in earning this particular flag over the past two years. The committee would like to express a special thank you to everyone who walked, cycled, parked n’ strided and carpooled. We appreciate it wasn’t always easy on those wet days but your efforts really paid off. We really hope you continue to use Greener methods of Travel in the future.

Along with the new bicycle shelter, you may have noticed new road markings around our school entrances and resurfacing works in the local area. The Green Schools committee contributed significantly to these developments.

Keep an eye out to see our newest flag billowing in the wind on Anne Street very soon.

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GREEN SCHOOLS TRAVEL FLAG AWARD

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded our 4th Green Flag for Travel. Thanks to Ms. Ronan, our Green Flag Committee, all the boys, parents and teachers for their efforts. Our WOW & COW days have paid. Well done everyone!

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 14

Well done to Ms Mc Nally’s 3rd Class whom are the winners of the Golden Boot this week. This group are recognised with this award as they chose sustainable methods of transport this week. This includes walking, cycling, car-pooling and Parking ‘n’ Striding. Well done guys. Don’t forget our WOW and COW days. Who will be next weeks Golden Boot winners? Make sure you visit the website to see!

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 13

Well done to Mr O’Connell’s 4th/5th Class whom are the winners of the Golden Boot this week. This group are recognised with this award as over 70% of the class chose sustainable methods of transport this week. This includes walking, cycling, car-pooling and Parking ‘n’ Striding. Well done guys. Don’t forget our WOW and COW days. Who will be next weeks Golden Boot winners? Make sure you visit the website to see!

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Every Wednesday is a WOW day

A reminder that after a fantastic effort in our ‘Big Travel Challenge’, we need to ensure we are still choosing environmentally friendly methods when travelling to school. As a result we want to remind you that every Wednesday is a WOW day – Walk on Wednesday or Walk Once a Week!

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Golden Boot & Big Travel Challenge Winners – Week 12

Big congratulations to Ms Hennessy’s 2nd Class whom are the winners of the Golden Boot and our Big Travel Challenge this week. This group are recognised with this award as they have travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week having walked the most of all classes, whicle also  cycling, car-pooling and Parking ‘n’ Striding. Well done guys. While this group of boys had a very busy time preparing for their First Holy Communion Enrolment Ceremony, they still managed to keep focused on opting for sustainable transport to school twice in the last few weeks. This shows real commitment to changing our environment for the better. Don’t forget our WOW and COW days. Who will be our Golden Boot winners next year?

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Big Travel Challenge 2020

When: Monday, 3rd  February – Friday 14th February

Where: St. Malachy’s BNS

Who: Everyone

What: Walk

Why: Benefits include increased concentration, improved air quality and less traffic.

In addition to our WOW days St. Malachy’s BNS will be taking part in ‘The BIG TRAVEL Challenge’ by promoting a sustainable mode of transport for 10 days. We have chosen to promote ‘Walking’. Our aim is to reduce the number of cars coming to our school gates. All we ask is that those of you who normally travel to and from school by car, park at a suitable location and walk the last 5-10mins of your journey to/from school.

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 11

Big congratulations to Ms Hennessy’s 2nd Class whom are the winners of the Golden Boot this week. This group are recognised with this award as they have travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week having walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided the most. Well done guys. While this group of boys had a very busy week preparing for their First Holy Communion Enrolment Ceremony, they still managed to keep focused on opting for sustainable transport to school. While the mornings and evening will become brighter in the next few weeks, we would still ask that you continue to wrap up warm and choose sustainable methods of transport. Don’t forget our WOW and COW days. Who will be our Golden Boot winners next year?

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 10

A big congratulations to Mr O’Connell’s 4th/5th Class whom are the winners of the Golden Boot this week. This group are recognised with this award as they have travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week having walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided the most. Well done guys. While it has been a damp and cold start to the year, the mornings and evening will become brighter in the next few weeks so we would ask that you continue to wrap up warm and choose sustainable methods of transport. Don’t forget our WOW and COW days. Who will be our Golden Boot winners next year?

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 9

A big congratulations to Ms Ronan’s 4th Class whom are the first winners of the Golden Boot for 2020. This group are recognised with this award as they have travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week having walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided the most. Well done guys. While it has been a damp and cold start to the year, we will be welcoming the Spring soon so we would ask that you continue to wrap up warm and choose sustainable methods of transport. Don’t forget our WOW and COW days. Who will be our Golden Boot winners next year?

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 8

A big congratulations to Mr O’Connell’s 4th/5th Class whom travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week. This marks the third week that O’Connell’s class have been awarded the Golden Boot having walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided the most. Well done guys. This week also marks the end of the Golden Boot award until after the Christmas break so keep up the good work. Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you all in 2020.

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 7

A huge congratulations to Mr Rogan’s 5th Class whom travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week. The vadst majority of Mr Rogan’s class have walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided this week which is a huge change from last year and made them the clear winner of the Golden Boot. This is Mr Rogan’s first time to win the Golden Boot but it may well not be the last. Well done guys. Who will win this week?

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 6

A big congratulations to Mr O’Connell’s 4th/5th Class whom travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week. Almost half of Mr O’Connell’s class have walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided this week which is a huge change from last year and made them the clear winner of the Golden Boot. Well done guys. Who will win this week?

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 5

A big congratulations to Mr Farrell’s 3rd Class whom travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week. Even though the weather has taken a considerable change and it turned out to be a very cold week overall, Mr Farrell’s class wrapped up well and have walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided. Well done guys. Who will win this week?

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 4

A big congratulations to Mr O’Connell’s 4th/5th Class who topped the poll as the class who travelled to school using the most sustainable methods of transport this week. Even though the weather has taken a considerable change and it turned out to be a damp week overall, Mr O’Connell’s class have walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided. Well done guys. Who will win this week?

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Golden Boot Winners – Week 3

Congratulations to Ms Hennessy’s 2nd Class who topped the poll as the class who travelled to school in the most ‘Green’ way. Even though the weather has taken a considerable change and the frost has set out on occassion Ms Hennessy’s class have walked, cycled, car-pooled and Parked ‘n’ Strided. Well done guys. Who will win this week?

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Traffic Survey

Mr O’Connell’s class took part in a traffic survey this week as part of our continous Green Flag work. It was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to put their work on data into real-life practice and a chance to understand the vast amount of traffic that flows around our school everyday. Another of this week’s Green Flag activities included a cycle audit whereby some boys cycled around parts of Dundalk, this helped us to highlight areas that could be inproved for cyclists. 

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Cycle Safety Workshop

Many thanks to Sorcha, our An Taisce Travel Officer who came to visit us this week for our ‘Cycle Safety Workshop’. The workshop consisted of the boys working on all the safety elements of cycling such as signalling, cycling in single file and in groups, checking helmets, understanding the primary and secondary positions on a road and how to manouever between them coming up to junctions such as T-junctions. The boys really enjoyed the workshop and we hope it will help them to stay safe while cycling to and from school. Great initiative and once again thanks to both Ms Ronan and Sorcha for the organisation of the initiative. 

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Bike Week Poster Winner

A big Congratulations to Roonald, winner of Louth’s County Council Bike Week PosterCompetition. Roonald was presented with his fantastic prize including colouring pencils, bike accessories, a €50 Smyths voucher and a winners certificate by Adrian Sullivan, Road Safety Officer.  Well done Roonald, keep up the great work.

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