Binjas Win the Regional Finals

We are delighted to hear that our 2nd Year lads “The Binjas” have won the OneGoodIdea Junior Cycle Regional finals in Limerick this evening. A fantastic achievement for them, Ms Canny their mentor, and our school. #Onegoodidea #SEAI More details later.

Binjas fight for Climate Change in Limerick

Best of luck to our 2nd Year boys ‘The Binjas’ who travel to the Omniplex Limerick tomorrow for the SEAI One Good Idea Regional Finals! Their very creative film will be played on the big screen followed by a Presentation Pitch and then questioned by a panel of judges. Their idea to encourage the 3Rs – to promote Reusable bottles, Refilling and encourage Recycling in classrooms brings new life and energy into our green school with the dream to go Plastic Free. These boys have put lots of work into their campaign and we are all so proud of you so the very best of luck tomorrow! 

If you haven’t seen their fantastic video, you can view it here.

Green Schools – Water Bottle Filler

Special thanks to Mark Molloy, Environmental Awareness Officer of Galway County Council, who came to visit our Green Schools Committee last week to talk to them about the importance of water conservation and reducing the use of plastic bottles. Thanks to the help of Mark, and the generous sponsorship of Galway County Council we had a water bottle filler and fountain installed before Christmas. Already, the Green Schools Committee have noticed a noticeable drop in the number of plastic bottles going into our recycling bins each day. They would like to encourage all students to please use refillable bottles each day to help in reducing our plastic usage going forward. @GalwayCounty @GalwayCoCo

Climate Action Workshop

Last week the 2B CSPE class had a Climate Action Workshop with a representative from the SEAI. Following on from the SEAI’s and the Dept Of Educations Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot grant, where Dunmore CS received huge funding last summer to make our school more energy-efficient, our 2B class decided to enter the One Good Idea competition.

One of our boys’ teams “The Binjas” had great success and they qualified for the Regional Finals and in preparation for this, they must create a 1 min film and 3 min Presentation Pitch that will be played in the Omniplex cinema Limerick on 25th February. The class explored impacts of recycling, experiments with CO2 Gas and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Best of luck to our Binjas who are fighting for climate action and keeping a keen eye on all to see if you are using the right bins…..Watch out!

Water Fountain/Bottle Filler

Thanks to CrystalClear for installing our Water Fountain/Water Bottle Filler today. This Versa Filler will refill a bottle in approximately 30 seconds with cooled, filtered water. It will also help our Green School committee keep a tally of how many bottles are saved as it counts each bottle refilled.

Our Green School Committee would like to encourage all students and staff to please use reusable bottles from now on and reduce the number of plastic bottles going into our recycling each day. Special thanks to Galway Co Co for helping us with the cost of this unit.

Green School Update

26 days since our PV Panels were installed and we have already produced 373KWh of electricity, resulting in a saving of over €75 of electricity and reducing our Carbon footprint by 0.39 tonnes, the equivalent to planting 1 tree.

We also hope to have our gas heating commissioned and tested this week which will also lead to about 20% reduction in our Carbon footprint in comparison to our previous oil heating system, not to mention being more economical and efficient.

You can follow our PV output by following this link.

Building Works Update

The last few days have been very busy in DCS getting the school ready for the return of students and staff. I know from the outside, it may look far from ready, but on the inside, we are pretty much there. The poor weather has held up the external rendering, so scaffolding has to be left in place for the next week or so to allow work to continue after school and at the weekend. As a result of this, there will be certain areas outside that students will not be permitted to access.

I appreciate your cooperation and understanding in advance of the return of our students.

PV Panels Installation Completed

The installation of our 19 photovoltaic panels (c. 5 kW) is now complete. Since 3 pm yesterday, they have already produced 28kWh, a saving of €5.32. These panels produce electricity in daylight, not just direct sunlight. Each day, students, staff and visitors to the school will be able to monitor the output on a display unit in the front hall. This data is also available to the public via this link: http://www.ginlongmonitoring.com/Terminal/TerminalMain.aspx?come=Public&pid=90380

Thanks to Clean Energy Ireland for the prompt and professional install. http://www.cleanenergyireland.ie/

Building Works progressing well

It has been a busy summer here in Dunmore CS. Our building works are progressing extremely well and we hope to have everything completed for the 26th August, the first day of term for our incoming 1st years.

At this stage, the old heating system has been completely removed and new pipework and radiators fitted throughout the old building and redecoration started. Our old inefficient oil burners are now gone and they have been replaced by four energy-efficient gas-fired boilers. We are just waiting for the installation of our bulk gas tanks. Our boiler room has been completely refitted with a state of the art building management system. Classrooms have been fitted with individual thermostats to control the temperature of each room and a draft lobby is being added to the front hall this week.

The 200mm external insulation is progressing well, with plastering started on some parts of the building already. Phase one of our new energy efficient double glazing and external doors were fitted last month, and the final phase started today, Once these are fitted, the rest of the external insulation will be completed. and the remaining external LED lighting will be fitted.

The installation of our 19 solar panels has also begun and will hopefully be completed in the next few days.

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