Clean Classroom Champions February 2017

Senior Infants are the winners for this month. Well done boys! Here are Oscar and Fionán presenting the trophy.


Clean Classroom Champions January 2017

Well done 4th class! Here are Oisin and Shane from the Green Schools Committee presenting the trophy.


 Clean Classroom Champions December 2016

Well done 2nd class. Here are Jamie and Cody from the Green Schools Committee presenting the trophy.


Clean Classroom Champions November 2016

Congratulations to 2nd class for having the cleanest classroom in our school for the month of November. Here are Luke and JP from the Green Schools committee presenting the trophy


Clean Classroom Champions October 2016

Congratulations to 3rd class on winning our clean classroom competition for the month of October. Here are Ryan and Rowan from our Green Schools Committee presenting the trophy!


4th class Cleaning the Laneways 15-6-16

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3rd class Cleaning The Point 15-6-16 

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Cleaning the Walkways June 2015

Cleaning the walkways June'15

3rd class did a good days work cleaning the walkways between the upper, middle and lower roads in Crosshaven. They also cleaned along some of the roads as they moved towards the Community Garden behind Crosshaven House. See the 3rd class page for more photos of their big clean up.

Cleaning The Point May 2015


See the 4th class page for more photos and details of their recent clean up.

Cork Inter-Town Litter Challenge 2015

Towns Category A and B


Scoil Chros tSeáin are helping to make our school and village greener. In the recent Inter-town litter challenge, Crosshaven scored a total of 890.7 marks out of a possible 1000. The area where our school is situated scored 90 out of 100. We are delighted with this result and thank all the locals, parents, pupils and staff for making the area we live and work in a cleaner and safer place for all. 

 Big Beach Clean Up at The Point 20-9-13

Our 4th class boys, along with Mr Ashman and Mrs Kiely, went to the Point last Friday to do a clean up as part of the Big Beach Clean weekend. They worked hard and filled 12 bags of rubbish which were collected later by the local council.

It forms part of the International Coastal Clean Up run by the Ocean Conservancy for which An Taisce is the national coordinator for Ireland. The Big Beach Weekend is a clean up with a difference; all groups are encouraged to record information about the amount and type of litter found during coastal clean ups. All the information from participating countries will be collected and used by the Ocean Conservancy to guide marine policy and engage people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations. For more infomation on the programme please visit


Cork Inter-Town Litter Challenge 2013

Cork Inter-town litter challenge 2013

Crosshaven village received 968.9 marks recently in the Cork Inter-Town Litter Challenge 2013.  There was a spot check done on our school grounds on 27th May as part of this challenge. On that day we had less than 10 cigarette butts (not belonging to our staff or pupils) and one piece of litter in our grounds. By keeping our school grounds litter free we are helping Crosshaven to be a clean and better place for locals and visitors.


Cleaning the walkways and school pitch May 2013




On Friday, the 24th of May we brought pickers, gloves and high visibility jackets to school in preparation for our clean-up of Crosshaven.

We set off early in the morning and we worked together in groups, sharing jobs such as carrying the rubbish bags and picking up the litter. 

We cleaned the lane-ways between our school and the church.  We also cleaned our own school pitch which had a lot of litter and waste from outside sources.  We collected lots of rubbish and filled some bags which were later collected by the County Council and brought to the dump.

Scoil Chros tSeáin is helping to clean up Crosshaven, to make it a tidier place.  We hope that you will help too by ensuring that you throw your rubbish in the bin.  We, the pupils of 3rd Class, encourage others not to litter.

By Third Class


Cleaning The Point May 2013


Well done to the boys of 4th class for their clean up of The Point in Crosshaven.  They collected 10 bags of rubbish in total and left it for the County Council to collect.

Clean Coasts cert June 2013

 We received this certificate in recognition of our participation in Clean Coasts Week for cleaning the Point.


Clean Classroom Champions 2012-2013

Clean Classroom Champions cert

Week ending           Class

26-4-13                            Junior Infants

3-5-13                              6th class

10-5-13                            3rd class

17-5-13                            Senior Infants

24-5-13                            Senior Infants

31-5-13                            1st class

We started the ‘Clean Classroom Champions’ reward system for keeping our classrooms litter and waste free.  Our Green Schools Committee take it in turns to inspect the classrooms and award a green, orange or red traffic light.  Every Friday the cleanest classroom of the week will receive a certificate and trophy. 

Congratulations to Junior Infants for becoming the first ever ‘Clean Classroom Champions’!!


Certificate of Achievement March 2013

Cert from Umbra Clothing Collection March 2013

We recently received a Certificate of Achievement from Umbra Clothing Collections for participating in the GO GREEN program by recycling used clothing and supporting the fight against cancer.


Cleaning the walkways May 2012


On Monday 21st May, 3rd class got ready to set out to clean up the magnificent tourist-attracting Crosshaven. We put on gloves to protect our hands and high-vis vests, and some people had the litter-pickers. After getting ready, we got a few plastic bags to store the litter we found. We were split into two groups. One group went with Mrs. Kiely and the other with Miss. Kingston. Our most common finds were cigarettes. We found a lot of plastic too. We searched down alleyways. We picked stray leaves and twigs. After a while we met up and talked about our finds. We also collected weeds from the roadside. We hope we can keep Crosshaven clean from now on!

By Ethan Berkery-Kelly, Peter Lehane, Dylan Gumley (3rd Class)

Cleaning The Point May 2012

On the 15th of May, all of 4th class went down to the Point and we did a beach clean up. I was with Alex and Jack Young. I had a litter picker and so did Jack Young, and Alex had the bag for the rubbish. Every 10 mins we would swap, so everyone would get a turn with each thing.

We all got loads of rubbish so Mr. Ashman was really glad with all our work. The Cork County Council got the bags of rubbish. I had a very very great day.

By Cathal Ronayne, 4th Class

On Tuesday the 15th of May, 4th class went with Mr. Fahy and their teacher Mr. Ashman down to the Point beach and picnic area to clean up. We found a lot of litter on the beach and not much litter at the picnic area. We picked up a lot of bottles, paper and glass. When we were finished we had an average of 8 bags of rubbish, and a bucket of glass. I think we did a pretty good job.

By Jack Young, 4th class

Cleaning The Point September 2011



On Tuesday Aidan Grey from An Taisce came to our school to speak to us about coastal safety, shells, types of beaches and pollution. He got us ready for our Clean Up Day that would happen in The Point in Crosshaven.

He taught us all about Conchology, which is the study of shells. He showed us different types of shells and we loved touching and looking at them.

He also told us about wildlife on beaches and the different types of beaches that are in our local area

He told us that river pollution is the main type of pollution that are found on our beaches

On Friday we went on ‘The Clean Up’ of The Point. We wore gloves, old runners, hi-vis jackets. We had pickers to pick up the rubbish with. We all tried really hard to fill our rubbish bags with rubbish. Some people found glass. We put that in a special box. When we were finished we got a snack. We were tired at the end but we really enjoyed the clean up.

By Jay Kelly (5th class)

Cleaning The Point May 2011





Cleaning the walkways May 2010 

Cleaning The Point May 2010



Litter and Waste


Litter is always caused by people. It is waste in the wrong place which ruins the appearance of our towns and countryside. Litter has many forms and many sources, from a sweet wrapper thrown on the street to a dumped bag of rubbish or a fly-tipped load of demolition rubble. Local Authorities spend millions of euro every year on cleaning the streets in Ireland and trying to prevent people from dumping their waste illegally – an enormous amount of money that could be spent on better things!

Litter such as broken bottles and cans left lying around public areas can easily result in an injury, while food litter can attract rats and flies, which spread disease. Litter can also be lethal to wildlife, from discarded fishing lines that can maim and kill water birds, to plastic bags mistaken for food and ingested by animals such as cows, sheep, horses and some marine animals.

Most schools have a litter problem to some degree. The first challenge on the way to becoming a Green-School is to reduce the litter in the school grounds permanently!


Household and commercial waste production in Ireland has increased dramatically in the last 20 years.

Landfills all around the country are under severe pressure, while our non-renewable resources are being exhausted at alarming rates. For the year 2001, about 600kg of household waste was produced per person in Ireland, and of this only 12.2% was recovered for recycling. By 2004, although the recycling rate had increased to over 30%, almost 700kg of household waste was now produced per person. By thinking about the impact we are having on the environment and changing our actions accordingly we can play an important part in promoting sustainable development (i.e. “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future”). Reducing the amount of waste we produce by re-using, repairing, composting, recycling and, most importantly, preventing waste in the first place can help to protect both our country and our planet for future generations.

The EU Landfill Directive plans to limit the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill to cut the methane emissions. Wastes such as liquid waste, explosive, corrosive or inflammable waste, clinical waste and waste tyres would be banned from EU landfill sites under the legislation. However, Ireland currently recycles less than any other country in Europe.