Butterflies, ladybug hotels and hogitats part of Girls’ School Green Flag project

Working Towards Sixth Green Flag

Working Towards Sixth Green Flag

Our Lady of Mercy Girls School in Cahir has a proud history of promoting a healthy attitude for caring to our environment. They are working hard towards achieving their sixth green flag.

This year’s theme is biodiversity, the process of promoting a strong variety of life both flora and fauna around the school.

Pupils from first to sixth class sit on the Green School committee. Meetings are held regularly and each member is responsible for informing their teacher and class about committee activities.

All classes have been called into action to increase the variety of plant and animal life around the school. Pupils have been busy planting flowers, vegetables and trees. The raised planting beds are full of vegetables to be harvested later in the year.

Sixth class worked very hard to build a set of bird and bat boxes under the expert eye of John Laffey. They also cultivated butterflies in their classroom and watched them grow from tiny caterpillars into majestic butterflies. They released their butterflies on a beautiful sunny afternoon on the school grounds.

Fifth class spent a very informative day with the South Tipperary Heritage Officer, Peter Madden. Peter, who is an environmentalist, guided the class around the school teaching them about our natural habitats and the creatures that live in them. Peter shared with the children a lot of facts about the life to be seen around the school. The committee is currently in the process of using their newly gained knowledge to develop a school biodiversity trail.

Fourth class planted wild flowers in the garden and vegetables in their raised beds.

Third class planted a biodiversity hedge to encourage insects and birds to the area. First class made ladybug hotels using bamboo sticks. Second class made a log pile to provide the wood louse with a fabulous new home.

Senior infants are busy keeping an eye on their bird boxes. The junior infants have learned how to conserve water and energy by never leaving taps drip and always turning off lights when not in use. The infants also have a “hogitat”, a hedgehog house and are currently keeping a watchful eye eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first hogitat residents.

All of the hard work and dedication of the whole school continues Our Lady of Mercy’s tradition of promoting a strong interest and understanding of Ireland’s biodiversity.