St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush
Europe's first CFES School of Distinction

Green School

The Green Schools Committee linked up with Art Department to create an outdoor classroom for a Green Schools Competition. We only discovered the competition the week before it closed but decided to enter. The competition was country wide, and we are one of three runners up. It is a huge achievement and I just really wanted to thank the Art Department for bringing such creativity to the imagined classroom.

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You can see the winning school, and what Green School's had to say about our entry here:

"The designs from St. Joseph’s Secondary School were beautifully drawn and showcased an awareness of biodiversity concerns, with a wild garden

and bug/bee hotels. The garden would be useful, with mural space and herb planters for use by students alongside a stage and sensory path."

Click on the link below to see our entry - I would advise downloading it and viewing in PowerPoint rather than Google Slides (keep an eye out for a few words from some of the students - I too would like an outdoor classroom with a spa! 🙂)

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The top prize was having an outdoor classroom built by Green Schools, which would have been fantastic for the new school. We are disappointed not to get the top spot but are still proud of coming runners up!

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Plastics update Ciara called to collect the bottle tops looking forward to hearing about what happens next.

Hi all,

I just wanted to say thank you to all wo contributed plastic lids for Ciara's project. We just about filled the 5 gallon bottle with plastic lids in one month. It just goes to show how much plastic we go through in such a short amount of time. Imagine our yearly waste!

A huge thank you to Ciara for recognizing the issue of plastic lids not being recycled when put into the green bin. Hopefully, this project will contribute to maintaining the beauty of the coastal landscape in Rush as well as protecting the many marine species along the coast (did you know Dublin bay is Ireland's hot spot for the dolphin like-harbour porpoise?). Plastic lids are a huge problem for sea birds such as the fulmar (pictured below) that eat the lids, or part of the lids as they begin to break apart. This leads to them feeling full and eventually starving to death. Ongoing research from GMIT has shown a devasting impact by plastic on Irish sea birds and grassroots projects like this one really do make a huge difference.

Keep up the fantastic work Ciara. I would be happy to help out again during the next school year.

Kind regards,

The Green Schools Team

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Some great news to end the week. Joely from 1B is a regional winner for the Green Schools Poster Competition on the theme of "Valuing Water". Joely is one of only 12 students picked from this nationwide competition and her poster is now in the final to be crowned the national winner. She will be attending a virtual ceremony on the 23rd of June to find out if she is the overall winner. So far, she has won a €250 art & craft voucher and her poster will be framed and displayed for the ceremony in June. If she wins the national competition, she will win an additional €500 for the Green Schools Committee. We are all really proud of her so if you see her next week, do give her a huge congratulations.

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Valuing Water our competition entry April 2021

Walk for Water with TY Aidlink Group and First Years

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What is biodiversity?

“Biodiversity underpins the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend for food and fresh water, health and recreation, and protection from natural disasters. Its loss also affects us culturally and spiritually. This may be more difficult to quantify, but is nonetheless integral to our well-being”

– Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Hi all,

Today starts the beginning of Biodiversity Week 2021, with a huge range of events taking place virtually all over the country to celebrate Irish biodiversity and conservation. If you are looking for something fun to do over the next week I am attaching a few activities, videos and live events that you might be interested in showing your students (also helpful if you are covering a class and want to show them something fun and interesting). Below is the link to the calendar of events. All are free but you may need to get a ticket for it anyway.

"Discover and celebrate the huge range of wildlife in Ireland with free events every day for #biodiversityweek2021! Learn how to attract wildlife to your garden, or more about our woodlands, wetlands, or coastline. Get ideas for your community group, or how you can take individual action.

See all events here:

Finish off the week by taking part in the #BackyardBioblitz! Discover what's right outside your door with experts on hand to ID your finds. "

Natural History Museum events:

You might also want to get your students involved in the biodiversity photo competition (winning prize of €500):

Green Schools Biodiversity Week Activities (includes competition with daily prizes) :


This is Ireland -

Gardening for biodiversity series - Log piles:

Wildflower Meadow:

Garden Pond:

Eco Eye - Biodiversity (24 mins):

Hope you find something to enjoy

St Josephs' Green Schools Committee and Mr Delahunty

Valuing Water Click here to view our video

Jan 27
6th Year Mentoring Session 3 40 min
Jan 31
Diversity Week
Feb 01
CAO closes for applications
Feb 03
1st Year PT Meeting
St Joseph's Secondary School has learnt of the sad passing of a past Principal Sr Caitriona O'Hara. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and the Sisters of Mercy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
An exhibition portal for the 2022 exhibition allows the Public to view the 550 projects, enjoy STEM-focused shows and talks, visit exhibitor stands. Best wishes to the 17 students representing St Josephs' Secondary School.
TY students proudly present Issue 001 of their magazine. Please enjoy this Christmas Issue.
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