Green Schools

Green Flag Ceremony

Over the past two years, the Green Schools Committee have worked towards achieving the Green Flag for the theme Global Citizenship: The Marine Environment. In March, we had a visit from Green Schools Ireland to see all of the wonderful work the children have done. We were successful in achieving the flag! The 6th class pupils attended a ceremony in DCU to collect the new Green Flag. This will be displayed outside the school in the coming weeks. Congratulations!

Marine Week 2024

In April we celebrated Marine Week! The children in Junior Infants and 5th class participated in webinars. They learned about the marine life in Ireland. They watched videos of dolphins, whales and sharks that live off the coast of Kerry!

Merry Christmas from our Green-Schools Committee!

Congratulations to the winners of our recycled Christmas decoration competition!
There were so many incredible decorations submitted by children across the whole school. The winners were selected by our Green Schools Committee, but it was very difficult for them to choose only 2 winners. You can see the winning decorations below!
Well done to all of the children that created a decoration. You can find them displayed on the beautiful Christmas tree at the entrance of the school for the month of December.

Green School Committee 2023-2024

Marine Spatial Planning Poster Competition

In November, the Green-Schools Committee ran a poster competition with the theme “What I’d like to see for the Sea”. Congratulations to the two competition winners which you can see below. Many more excellent posters were submitted, which are displayed on the Green-Schools notice board located beside Ms Farrelly's room.

Marine Week 2023

The children in Junior Infants and 3rd Class participated in webinars run by Green Schools Ireland to celebrate Marine Week at the end of April. The children learned about how to keep our beaches clean, as well as the unique marine life that we have in Ireland! The children's favourite creature that they learned about was the sea cucumber!

Local Water Actions for Global Change

Green Schools Ireland ran a poster competition based on the theme: Local Water Actions for Global Change. Many children in the school created imaginative and informative posters. A number of the posters were chosen by the Green Schools Committee and entered into the competition. You can see some of the entries below.

Christmas Decoration Competition Winners 2022

Congratulations to the winners of our Recycled Christmas decoration competition! The winners were chosen by our Green Schools Committee. You can see the winning decorations below!

Our Green Schools Code

We Need a Solution to Water Pollution!

What is Green Schools?

Green Schools is an environmental education programme and award scheme. It is a student-led programme in which schools can achieve Green Schools flags for reducing their environmental impact.

Our school has achieved 7 flags so far:

1.  Litter and Waste

2.  Energy

3.  Water

4.  Travel

5.  Biodiversity

6.  Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste

7.  Global Citizenship – Energy

We are currently working towards achieving the Green Flag for the theme ‘Global Citizenship – Marine Environment’. We will be working towards achieving this for the next two years.

Our Green Schools Committee is made up of children from 1st – 6th class. One girl and one boy were nominated from each class to represent their peers.

Marine Environment Workshop

Our Green Schools Committee were invited to attend a workshop run by Green Schools Ireland about the Marine Environment. We learned important facts about the ocean and marine life. One of our favourite facts was that more than half of the oxygen produced on Earth comes from the ocean! The ocean also regulates our climate and provides us with food. 

During the workshop we also created a piece of artwork. We used plastic wrappers and items to create a seahorse. You can see our amazing artwork below!

Unfortunately, the ocean contains lots of litter that negatively impacts marine life. Animals in the ocean often mistake litter for food. We can help protect the marine environment by reducing our use of single-use plastics. 

Here are some top tips by Green Schools Ireland:

Action day

This year we had an Action Day on 24th October. We spent two weeks collecting Halloween costumes that were no longer needed by families in our school. The textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. For this reason it is important to reuse when we can. 

We received many generous donations from families in our school. The costumes were displayed at the entrance of the school on Monday 24th October. Lots of children chose one of these costume to wear for Halloween, rather than purchasing a new one. 

The children wore these costumes on our dress-up day on the last day of school before the midterm break. You can see some of the amazing costumes here!

Green Schools Committee 2020-2022