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Green Schools Print

Green School is an International programme operating in forty three countries worldwide.  An Taisce are responsible for facilitating this programme in Ireland.  It aims to raise awareness and educate young people and their communities in global and local environmental issues.  This is done through a set of seven steps which must be completed before being awarded a green flag.  Flags are awarded for the work carried out in the areas of litter & waste, energy, water and transport.

 

St. Brigid’s B.N.S. and the Green School Programme

St. Brigid’s B.N.S. has been a participating school in the green schools programme for a number of years now.  We have successfully applied for and been awarded three green flags for our work in litter & waste, energy and water conservation.  We hope to persue the travel flag shortly.

Active Participation

Every child in the school is encouraged to actively participate in Green Schools.  Our committee is made up of student representation from every class (1st to 6th). Teaching and non-teaching staff as well as parents are also represented.  We meet regularly.  During these meetings we discuss our progress to date as well as any concerns we may have.  A set of six or seven small achievable targets are also drawn up to be completed before the next meeting.  Green School news is posted on the Green School bulletin board and also in the St. Brigid’s school newsletter.

Our achievements to date

To date we have successfully reduced our waste by approximately 50%.  Children are asked to take home all lunch waste.  Composting of all fruit waste takes place in every classroom.  Paper recycling bins are also in every room.  Every effort is made to photocopy using both sides of the page and children are asked to recycle milk cartons at home.
Over the years classes have benefitted from attending eco-workshops provided by An Taisce.  We have also had visiting experts to the school to speak to classes abut relevant environmental issues.
A “cleanest and greenest” certificate is awarded weekly to the junior and senior classes that make the greatest effort to switch off appliances and lights daily, as well as keeping their classrooms tidy.

Integration with the curriculum

There are many areas of the curriculum that integrate well with the Green Schools Programme.  As part of the assessment and application process every class must carry out an environmental project that integrates with the primary curriculum.
The litter and waste, energy and water conservation flags all have strong links to the Science curriculum.
We are fortunate to have beautiful mature school grounds as well as St’ Anne’s Park within walking distance.  The Green School Programme promotes and encourages children to care for and maintain our natural resources.  Environmental awareness and care is also an important part of the S.E.S.E. curriculum.  We are proud to participate in the ‘An Taisce National Spring Clean’ annually.
As a result of a recent visit from an eco specialist to fourth class, a small school garden has also been established.  In the past we have successfully grown potatoes, onions, tomatoes and herbs.

School ethos and culture

The children are very proud of our Green School achievements.  The programme and the seven steps are now embedded in our school culture.   We hope to foster awareness and lifelong environmental habits that the children will take with them when they leave St. Brigid’s B.N.S.