We are working to achieve our third Green School flag – Water.
We have a green school committee who meet regularly to brainstorm ideas. We regularly monitor our water bills to check our water usage. We have water monitors who check for leaking taps. We are collecting water in our school garden with a homemade rain harvester.
We have a green school slogan ‘Stop the flow, Save H2O’.
We had our Day of Action on the 22nd February 2019. We came to school wearing BLUE to highlight that we are trying to conserve water. We had assembly in the morning where the senior room presented water projects. The junior room recited a water poem ‘Where would we be without it’ and two short dramas. After lunch, we had some fun water relays where we used water bottles as batons and team games where we carried water with jugs to see which team could save the most water. All water used during our games was used to water the flowers in our school garden.
On the 22nd March 2017,we were visited by a representative from an Teagasc who checked our progress with our second Green school flag- Energy. We were delighted to be awarded our second green school flag.
We have worked so hard to get our green school flag.
The green school committee came up with several strategies to reduce our energy usage. We regularly check our electricity bills and monitor how much electricity we are using. We surveyed our school to see how much radiators and bulbs are in the school. We turn off lights when we are not in the room and we always close doors behind us.
We have a green school slogan ‘Turn off the Light and Keep Our Future Bright’.
We have a green school notice board, which we use to inform our community of all green school activities.
We had our day of action on the 21st October 2016. We all wore GREEN clothes to raise awareness and we turned off all electrical appliances- no lights, no interactive boards and no kettle!
Litter and Waste:
The green school committee came up with several strategies to reduce our litter and waste.
Our litter pickers monitored the school grounds for any litter.
We sort our plastic,paper and compost into different bins.
We use our compost bin regularly.
We have a green school slogan ‘ Waste Not, Want Not’ and Reuse,Reuse, Recycle’ words that we all now. We want to save our plant so we can live and grow.
We had a day of action where we created Halloween costumes out of recycled materials. It was a huge success. The green school committee and the junior room also visited V&W Recycling centre, Ardee to see how waste can be sorted and recycled.
On March 14th 2016, we raised our Green Flag for the very first time. It was a proud day for Ms. Fitzpatrick and the Green School Committee as well as the whole school and local community.
This flag is for Litter and Waste and it was applied for in 2013. In May 2015, all of our hard work paid off and we were awarded our Green Flag at an awards ceremony held in DCU. We continue to take great pride in keeping our school and local area litter free.
In order to receive our Green Flag, Ms. Fitzpatrick and her Green School Committee worked very hard to promote the reduction of litter and waste in our school. We followed the motto ‘REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE! So, as well as reducing our waste, we also began reusing some litter as part of our Art activities. We made Hallowe’en costumes, Christmas decorations and a Christmas Village out of recycled materials. We also visited V & W Recycling in Ardee to gain a better undertanding of what happens to rubbish when it is recycled. We had great fun putting the items that we had brought to recycle into the various containers.