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Presentation School formally established a green schools committee comprising often students from second to sixth class. Two parents, a local councillor, the school principal, the school caretaker and one teacher also sit on the Committee. The whole Committee meets twice a month and the pupils meet every week.
The committee carried out a waste and litter audit of both the junior and senior schools in October and November 2007. Waste surveys of all indoor bins and lunch boxes were carried out. The committee members surveyed the litter levels of the school at various times of the day to determine when the worst littering offences were being carried out. The pupils identified that paper, cling film and tin foil use were a major problem in the school. They also discovered that the litter levels rose significantly during out of school hours.

The school has succeeded in reducing their waste levels dramatically by running a number of initiatives such as 'The Snack Attack Week' in December 2007. The Committee devised a story based on the character Lucy Lunch Box and Tony Tinfoil to prompt the children to use lunchboxes and non disposable containers and bottles to store their lunches. A number of competitions were held in the school to cut down on tinfoil and cling film levels. The Committee successfully fundraised €900 to enable second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes to visit the Recycling Plant in Millstreet. Pupils could see at first hand the importance of recycling.

On March 4th 2008, the Presentation Action Day was staged. The aim of the action day was to promote anti-litter practices and create waste reduction awareness. The Committee wanted to include the whole school and the local community in the activities of the day. In the weeks leading up to the action day, poster and slogan competitions were organised. Each class was asked to carry out an art project using litter and waste as the theme. Both the Junior and Senior Halls were decorated with anti-litter posters and the colourful art projects.
During the 'Waste Bustin' Day' all the rubbish and recyclable waste from the school was collected and put in one big pile to illustrate how much rubbish such an institute can produce in one day. This really hit home with all the staff and pupils.
The pupils from junior infants to third class participated in a sqashaton and storytelling session. Fourth class staged a photography exhibition of Fermoy Town's litter problems in the 1990's.

Old photos of the worst litter sites were blown up to A4 size and hung in the hall. The pupils went on a field trip to determine if these litter blackstops had improved significantly in the 21st century.
Local littler warden Margaret O Mahoney, Garda Andrew Geary and Fr. PJ gave presentations to the pupils of the junior school. Cllr John Murphy and Stephen O Sullivan (Cork County Environmental Officer) addressed the Senior pupils. The schools green code "Keep rubbish at bay and live the healthly way" was unveiled. At 2pm, sixth class pupils staged a fashion show of rubbish couture which featured outfits made from cardboard, biodegradable refuse sacks etc. The event was a huge success.
Throughout the month of April & May the Committee members have promoted and carried out a huge spring clean drive in the school. They are also continuing to monitor waste and litter levels in the school through surveys and spot checks.

On the 26th of May, Presentation Primary had their final inspection. We passed with flying colours. Miss N O Connor was invited up to the Life-Time Labs in Cork along with Mrs Corcoran and 2 pupils from the committee. It was an offical ceremony where each new school got awarded their very own green flag. Plans are underway to erect a flag pole along with a guest speaker to rise it, big celebrations are planned all round for that special day....

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