We are currently working on our Sixth Green Flag. Global Citizenship, litter and waste.
In previous themes we have explored issues such as Waste, Litter, Energy, Water, Travel and Biodiversity. These themes would have related to issues in or near our school whereas Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste issues will cross international boundaries.
This theme will enable us to discover how our work on the Green-Schools programme will positively influence people and their environments worldwide. It will also allow us to revise the Litter and Waste theme with the whole school.
At the beginning of the school year, we surveyed the children about their knowledge of recycling and how they contribute to being a better citizen. We would hope, with your help by the end of next year, the children and their families would participate more in community clean ups, donate unwanted toys and clothes to charity shops, choose fair-trade items and items with less or recyclable materials when shopping and support local farmers by buying fruit and vegetables at markets.
Robert, a 5th Class student made a PowerPoint Presentation about Climate Change. Here is is showing it to our Green School Committee.
Third class have been learning about the importance of recycling. We made a poster to promote recycling in the school using drinks cartons.
National Spring Clean Up.
The Green School committee recently took part in the National Spring Clean up around the school grounds and the village. Well done to them.
We recently had a clothes and textile recycling collection with LENRAC. LENRAC works with a variety of different charities supporting social and environmental responsibilities. They aim to reuse or recycle 98% of the clothing. This is keeping in line with the work we are doing to achieve our 6th Green Flag for Global Citizenship Litter and Waste. We thank everyone who donated clothing.
The Green Schools programme, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment. It is run by An Taisce, in partnership with the local authorities.
The scheme offers a way to take environmental issues from the curriculum and apply them to the day-to-day running of the school, for example reduce litter, waste and fuel bills. This process helps students to recognise the importance of environmental issues and take them more seriously in their personal and home lives.