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Our New Eco-Committee members have been selected and are already hard at work. They have been divided into 4 teams, responsible for 4 different areas, recycling, water, energy and litter.

The Recycling Team


The Water Team


The Energy Team


The Litter Team


The committee also work together to address other Eco issues such as ‘Transport’, ‘Healthy living’, ‘Biodiversity’, ‘School grounds’, ‘Global perspectives’ and ‘Climate change’.



We took part in a big Spring clean of our school grounds.


Our Eco-teams are always thinking of new and exciting ways to encourage the children in our school to look after the precious resources in our environment. We recently had a ‘Blue Day’ to reinforce the importance of not wasting water. All the children in the school participated in a pipeline challenge. Each child stood 1 metre apart and passed blue buckets of water to each other without spilling a drop, before pouring it into a big blue barrel. The water collected will then be used to water the plants in our beautiful garden. It was so much fun! Not only did we raise awareness of saving water but we also raised over £300 for Trocaire, which will be doubled by the government. It costs £2 to lay 1 metre of water pipeline in a developing country. We are delighted to make a difference in the world!

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Our Eco- teams were invited to attend an event to celebrate the 20th birthday of the International Eco- Schools initiative. The event was held in Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt. Thousands of students from primary and post-primary schools across Northern Ireland attended the event. We participated in lots of fun workshops. We even fitted in some skipping! Miss McGrath and Miss Gallagher had as much fun as the children! Before we left we got all the children in our school to sign our Eco-Code. We then rolled it into a scroll and put it inside a time capsule at the event. We want people in years to come to to know how hard we try in our school to look after the environment.

Our favourite part of the day was getting a selfie with Frank Mitchell!

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We made blocks by compressing wet, shredded paper. We re-used paper that had been shredded by Mrs Hendron in the office. We can’t wait until they dry out so that we can take them home to burn in the fire!

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We made birdseed Christmas decorations in the shape of stars, snowmen, gingerbread men and Christmas trees! We hung them from the branches of the trees.

We hope the birds enjoy nibbling at them throughout the Winter months!

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P6/7 helped us write our Eco-Code. It reminds everyone how we can look after our school environment. It is displayed in the hall and in all the classrooms.


We presented it to the whole school during assembly.Picture2 Picture3 Picture4




Eco-Joe reminds us to save energy by switching the lights off.


Eco-Joe reminds us to save water by turning taps off properly. He also reminds us to recycle properly by putting things in the right bins!

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He reminds us to keep the environment clean by litter picking.


We took Eco-Joe on a tour of our beautiful gardens! The willow domes were his favourite parts!

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Our New Eco-Committee members have been selected and are already hard at work. They have been divided into 4 teams, responsible for 4 different areas, recycling, water, energy and litter.

The Recycling Team


The Water Team


The Energy Team


The Litter Team


The committee also work together to address other Eco issues such as ‘Transport’, ‘Healthy living’, ‘Biodiversity’, ‘School grounds’, ‘Global perspectives’ and ‘Climate change’.



Wildlife area

This is our wildlife area.  Our whole school have been working hard to make this an interesting place where we can watch nature.


In this area we have 2 minibeast mansions.  We hope to add even more.

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There are lots of bird boxes and tables where the birds can find a home and feed.  It means we can watch the birds.

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Our gardening club and whole school community are also trying to bring more birds and minibeasts into other areas of the school too.

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Sensory Area

We have started work on our sensory area.  The herbs we have grown smell lovely.  We hope to add nicely coloured flowers grown in our green house.  The birds love this little spot we are going to add some bird feeders too.




On April 1st 2014, Saint Colman’s Bann Primary School became part of ‘The Big Spring Clean’.  This is Northern Ireland’s largest volunteering campaign aimed at cleaning up local areas and improving the environment.

We decided we would wear earth colours for the event and throughout the day we undertook a huge ‘Spring Clean’ in our school grounds.  Of course we had lots of fun in the process too!

Well done to our litter team who made a great presentation to each class and helped to organise the activities!



Our water team have been very busy making water butts from empty lemonade bottles.  The water collected in these helped to water our plants in the Spring and Summer, saving valuable rainwater.  Do you know that plants prefer rainwater anyhow?  Good job Water Team!





The Big Garden Bird Watch

The RSPB’s ‘Big Garden Bird Watch’ was January 25th – 26th.  To enable us to recognise and spot birds in our local area we read lots of information and examined pictures of birds.  We wrote about these and drew pictures.  Miss Hoy’s class even made a human graph of their favourite garden birds.  We had great fun looking for birds and we are trying very hard to put food and water out for them on a regular basis. 




Building a willow dome

On Tuesday Andy, Paschal and Sarah came to our school to help us make willow domes.


We went into the P.6/7 room to look at pictures of willow domes.  Willow domes are made from willow branches.


It was a rainy day and we all had to wear our welly boots to go outside.


Andy and Paschal gave each one of us a willow branch and we had to push them into the ground and bend them over to make a dome.


P.6 and P.7 made domes too and when the leaves grow all over they will look beautiful.


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Making a Minibeast Hotel


Our teacher contacted OxfordIsland nature reserve and asked them to come out and talk to Primary 1, 2 and 3 about making a minibeast hotel. We were so excited and couldn’t wait!


Before they came they asked us to bring in lots of stuff such as bricks, straw, tiles, pipes, old plastic bottles, twigs, stones and flower pots.  A local business donated lots of wooden pallets.


On the morning that they came we got busy sorting out all of the stuff that we needed.  The team showed us a power point about minibeasts and asked us lots of questions. We learnt lots of interesting things. They then explained how we were going to make the minibeast hotels.


We began by making a hibernaculum (this is where minibeasts like to hibernate).  Andy taught us this word.  It was a difficult one to remember!  We cut the top off plastic bottles and filled them with rolled up cardboard.  Then we added small sticks and twigs. We stuffed straw into the spaces in the bottles so that when we tipped them over the things inside didn’t fall out!


When we finished the hibernacula’s, it was time to go outside. We took turns to put all of these and lots of other bits and pieces into the pallets that had been stacked up for us.


It looks fantastic.  We can’t wait to see which minibeasts move in now to make our mansions their home.

By Robyn and Rose




Saint Colman’s Bann P.S. will be participating in the EWWR (European Week for Waste Reduction) next week starting Monday 18th November.


EWWR is an exciting project which aims to organise multiple actions during a single week, across Europe; which will raise awareness of waste reduction and encourage change in our everyday behaviour.


Last year Northern Ireland did exceptionally well and was ranked 4th place in Europe, we want to help Northern Ireland achieve an even higher rank this year by taking part.


We, as a school will be taking a pledge to reduce our food waste over the week and pupils will also have a homework task during the week which will involve the household also taking a pledge.


Love Food Hate Waste Free Smart Phone App – Don’t forget to check out this fantastic free resource which will help parents, teachers and pupils alike with ideas on how to create less food waste and create more waste free meals.  Find it at:


This fantastic resource has been developed by the Department of Environment’s Rethink Waste Initiative – the main supporter of the Eco-Schools Northern Ireland European Week for Waste Reduction Campaign.


Householders’ involvement will contribute to Northern Ireland’s performance across Europe so all householders are asked to ensure their participation is counted also by emailing DanielleMcCormick   (

In your email please outline:

Name: Address: Council area: Action as Eco-Schools EWWR Campaign Householders 3Rs Pledge: How many people in the household involved:

Kind regards,


St. Colman’s Bann,  Eco Committee