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Over the last few months Mr. Moloney’s pupils have been working very hard on their JEP project.  After much discussion and pitching their ideas to Dragon’s Den it was decided to produce a cookbook.  The pupils busied themselves collecting recipes from teachers, celebrities, politicians and family members.  We have recipes from Neven Maguire,   Enda Kenny,  Michael Healy-Rae, Joe Duffy, some Kerry footballers, Alan Quinlan , to name but a few.

The pupils had their showcase day on Friday, 11th March.  What was evident from their showcase presentation was the impact the programme has had on the pupils personal development, confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem. The pupils had a hands-on look at the world of business, the various challenges and pitfalls and how to overcome these problems by working together as a team.  The many strands of the primary school curriculum found expression through the various skills needed to bring a fledgling idea to final fruition.

Many thanks to , Fr. Patsy Lynch, School Chaplain, Garda Irene Riordan Community Garda, Colm Cooper,  the many people who attended and to the very many proud parents, grandparents and friends who were in attendance at the Showcase morning making it a very memorable occasion for the pupils.

Cookbooks are on sale from the school at a cost of €6 each or two for €10.

“We think we have some really interesting recipes and we would like to thank all those who contributed and all those who helped along the way”, said Mr. Moloney.



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Holy Family School received their 5th International Green Flag Award (Bio Diversity Theme).  They were presented with the Green Flag by An Taisce on 26th May at the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork.  A special word of congratulations to Mrs. Carmody, Green Schools' co-ordinator and her Green Schools' Committee for their hard work and dedication!  

 For more information:-    GREEN SCHOOLS - Bio Diversity  



GREEN SCHOOLS - Bio Diversity

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Green Schools' Committee members

Holy Family School have started work for their next Green Flag.  The theme for this flag is 'Biodiversity'. 

What is Biodiversity?

 Biodiversity is the variation of living organisms from all sources, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and all the habitats of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. Imagine life without all this diversity!  Life on earth would cease to exist!


In Holy Family School we are aiming to improve the bio-diversity in our own school environment by planting more trees, shrubs and flowers to attract wildlife such as insects, birds and butterflies.  For our action day on March 10th we will build our 'Bug Hotel' which will become a habitat for many species of insects and spiders.  

In Holy Family School our pupils are keenly aware of the importance of 'Help all Nature-To make Life Better' (our Green Code) by recycling, conservation of energy and protecting our environment.  Our 4th class pupils will participate in the annual Spring Clean-Up of Cockleshell shoreline on March 10th.  

As with the previous themes there are four main stages:

1. Review the Situation - Examine the level of awareness surrounding biodiversity and map the school's grounds - where is biodiversity found around the school? Only when you have an understanding of biodiversity and developed a habitat map of the school grounds will you be able to make informed decisions about how to help biodiversity.



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Most young people care deeply about environmental issues, and wish to make a positive change in the environment around them. The Green School Programme provides an ideal way for fostering environmental awareness in the entire school and it is an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the Holy Family School.

Litter and waste

Our school received its first green flag for reducing litter and waste in our school in May 2004.   We established a Green-school  committee which consisted of pupils, staff and parents. The committees first initiative was to encourage the pupils to use a lunchbox with a lid and to avoid using cling-film and aluminium foil. We also put in place a recycling bin for cardboard, wastepaper, newspaper and office paper; a recycling bin for batteries and collected old mobile phones to send to the Jack and Jill foundation.   In each classroom we have two bins: one for recycled paper, one for ordinary rubbish.   The Green-school representatives are assigned the job of giving a mark out of 10 to each class to encourage less waste. In those first two years we reduced our waste going to landfill by 70%.


We received our second green flag in 2006 for energy.   We focused on educating ourselves and others at home and in the community about energy saving.   We looked at various ways in which we could be more energy efficient in school and at home, such as keeping outside doors closed to keep the heat in, not leaving electrical equipment on standby, turning off lights and reducing the thermostat by a degree or two.

In school we encouraged the children in each classroom  to turn off the lights, to make sure that blinds and windows are closed and that all electrical equipment are powered off at the electrical sockets.   We reduced our energy usage by 20%.


The next flag we were awarded was for water.   Again, as in previous years, the Green-school  committee set out targets at the beginning of the year.   We ran various events to increase the pupils, staff  and parents awareness on our green theme.   Events included poetry and art competitions, action days, visits from outside agencies and drama groups.   We learned about water saving in class and highlighted people’s use of water in the home encouraging them to reuse water for gardening and to take showers instead of baths.


The fourth theme we worked on was travel.   All children were encouraged to walk, cycle, park  ‘n stride, carpool or take the bus to school.   We put in place various initiatives to encourage the children.   All the children who took part were given a high visibility jacket to wear to school so that they could be seen by cars on the road.   We ran workshops on safe cycling skills on  the road and installed a new bicycle shelter on our school grounds.  

We had a  w.o.t day which stands for walk on Tuesday.   The green school committee would record in each class the number of children who had walked, cycled or taken the bus to school.   The winning class were awarded a homework pass.  



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On Thursday, May 17th 2012 Holy Family School was awarded their 4th Green Flag under the Travel Theme.  The awards ceremony took place in The Silver Springs Hotel in Cork City.  Holy Family School was represented on the day by Mr. Ed O’ Brien (Principal), Mr. Anthony O’ Sullivan (Green Schools Co-ordinator) and pupils Seán Murphy and Thomas Dwyer.

Read more ...   GREEN FLAG AWARD 2012




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 On Thursday, May 19th 2012 Holy Family School was awarded their 4th Green Flag under the Travel Theme.  The awards ceremony took place in The Silver Springs Hotel in Cork City.  Holy Family School was represented on the day by Mr. Ed O’ Brien (Principal), Mr. Anthony O’ Sullivan (Green Schools Co-ordinator) and pupils Seán Murphy and Thomas Dwyer.

Green Flag awards form part of the Green Schools initiative which is an international environmental education programme offering well defined and planned approaches to schools to incorporate environmental issues into the curriculum and to apply them to the day-to-day running of the school.

Green Schools is run by An Taisce in corporation with local authorities throughout Ireland.  It is an initiative of FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) and is referred to internationally as Eco- Schools.  The project is operating in 37 countries and beyond. 

2012 is the 16th year of the Green Schools in Ireland programme and there are in excess of 90 successful schools in Kerry flying the Green Flag for environmental excellence. 


There are 7 steps to be completed in each theme before an application for a Green Flag can be made.  The school is then inspected by a representative of An Taisce before finally receiving the award.  Some of the elements of the Travel Theme included walking and cycling initiatives, public transport surveys, car pooling, park ‘n stride schemes, the Walking  Bus and Walk to School Week which takes place on May 21st – 25th 2012.

Holy Family School would like to express their thanks to Micheál Ó Coileáin who is employed as an Environmental Awareness Officer with Kerry County Council  and Ms. Angela Wall, Travel Education & Development Officer  with An Taisce for all their assistance. 

Mr. O’ Brien would like to thank the staff and pupils of Holy Family School for their commitment and co-operation.  A special word of thanks to 5th class teacher, Mr. Anthony O’ Sullivan,  for all his hard work and dedication to the programme

 Holy Family School is now in its eight year of participation in the programme. Each topic spans a two year period.  Our school has so far achieved green flags in Litter & Waste, Energy, Water and Travel.  Our next topic is Bio-Diversity which overlaps with much of the work already carried out.


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