School Council News
GREEN FLAG GLORY
I am delighted to inform our school community that we are an ECO Schools' Green Flag holder. This is an amazing achievement and one the children are very proud of, as this accolade is not easy to achieve. This award requires a lot of hard work by the pupils throughout the year.
Schools are assessed every two years in the following areas:
- Saving Energy;
- Water conservation;
- Healthy living;
- Looking after our school grounds;
- Our school and its global links;
- Understanding of climate change; and
- Pupil participation.
Our school's ECO commitment is driven by the members of our School Council and the members of our ECO club which meets every Tuesday after school. Without a high level of participation by all the children in our school, the support of parents/carers and the dedication of the staff, we would not have been presented with this award.
STREET NAMES FOR OUR CORRIDORS AND STAIRWELLS…
In the 2014-15 school year the members of our school council thought it would be a good idea to name our corridors and stairwells. Every class became involved and made a variety of suggestions. After much discussion it was decided that the names should reflect our local environment and its history.
The following names were agreed:
- Dunanney Drive
- Mayfly Mews
- Limestone Lane
- Carnmoney Hill
- Cave Hill
- Knockagh Hill
- Sentry Hill
Dunanney Ráth (or Fort) overlooks Carnmoney Cemetery on the southern face of Carnmoney Hill. The ráth site, where in ancient times fairs and festivals were held, may date to Celtic times (around 500 BC). Dunanney Farm was also located on Carnmoney Hill but was destroyed by a fire in the 1960s.
Lilian Bland was an Irish journalist and aviator. In 1910 she was the first woman in the world to design, build and fly an aeroplane. She flew her plane, ‘The Mayfly’ for one quarter of a mile from Carnmoney Hill. She named her plane the ‘Mayfly’ – as in ‘may fly, may not fly’.
Carnmoney is rich in limestone, which was once quarried and processed in kilns. This produced lime, which was used to improve the nearby meadows for cattle grazing and in mortar for building.
Carnmoney (from Irish Carn Monaidh, meaning "cairn of the bog"). Carnmoney Hill rises to 232m (761ft) above sea level. The hill top has a volcanic cap and the slopes are mainly limestone and flint.
Cave Hill rises to almost 370m (1200ft) above sea level. It is famous for 'Napoleon's Nose',a basaltic outcrop which resembles the profile of the famous emperor Napoleon. It is thought Cave Hillis is the inspiration for Jonathan Swift's ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. Swift imagined that the Cave Hill resembled the shape of a sleeping giant safeguarding the city.
Knockagh Hill rises to 390m (1230ft) above sea level and has the largest war memorial in Northern Ireland.The monument is 34m (111ft) high and is a replica of the Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park, Dublin although is exactly half the height.
Sentry Hill is a 19th century farmhouse in the Parish of Carnmoney. It was the home of the McKinney family, who came to Ireland from Scotland in the early 1700’s. William McKinney was born in 1832 and lived at Sentry Hill for most of his life. The house and farm remained in family ownership until 1996.