Green Schools is an international, environmental and educational program. It encourages children to be aware of environmental issues and tackle them on a daily 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 is made up of members of staff and students. We meet once a month and are responsible for implementing Ardtona House School’s green code. The committee carry out environmental reviews and in doing so highlight areas that may need action and improvement. Throughout the two year process, our green committee monitor and evaluate progress.
Some of the measures that we have implemented in our school include recycling all paper, plastic and cartons in each of the recycling bins in our classrooms. We also have compost bins in every classroom for pencil pairings and leftover fruit. Children are involved in litter picking to ensure a litter-free zone. As well as this, both teachers and children have become 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 first Green Flag in Croke Park in 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 two further flags; the second for Green Energy in 2016 and our third for Water Conservation in 2018. We are currently working towards our fourth flag for Travel and are encouraging our students to use more Eco-friendly ways to travel to schools.
As well as all this, Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown Tidy Schools have acknowledged our efforts and awarded us with a certificate in pioneering for a clean local environment.