Green Schools is an international, environmental and educational programme. It encourages children to be aware of environmental issues and tackle them on a day to day basis in school. It promotes and acknowledges long-term and whole school environmental management and action. It also builds a strong sense of teamwork within the school to reach a common goal.
We started our Green School Programme in September 2011. We set up a Green School Committee that was made up of members of staff and two children from each of our classes. They met once a month and were responsible for implementing the schools green code. The committee carried out an environmental review and in doing so highlighted the areas that needed action and improvement. Throughout the two year process, the green committee monitored and evaluated progress.
Some of the measures that we implemented in our school included recycling all paper, plastic and cartons in each of the recycling bins in our classrooms. We also added compost bins to every classroom for pencil pairings and leftover fruit. Children were involved in litter picking to ensure a litter-free zone. As well as this, both teachers and children became more conscious of not wasting paper and materials and finding new ways to use them on a day to day basis.
We were delighted to receive our Green Flag in Croke Park on the 21st of May 2013. After this, the whole school enjoyed a lovely day when we raised the green flag in our school garden. The ice-cream man paid us a visit which, as you can imagine, added to the excitement. We were all very proud of the work we put in and in reaching our goal.
After our success with the first Green Flag we have since been successful in securing a second; the Green Energy flag, in DCU on the 26th of May 2016. The school celebrated yet again with another visit from the ice cream van and a garden party.
As well as this, Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown Tidy Schools have acknowledged our efforts and awarded us with a certificate in pioneering for a clean local environment.