Green FlagsPromoting sustainable use of the school envirnoment
What is the Green Flag Initiative
Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.
4th Green Flag: Travel
The school’s 4th Green Flag was secured in June 2014 and was raised by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. The 4th Green Flag is the Sustainable Travel flag and we are delighted to see such a positive response to our W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesdays) and C.O.W. (Cycle on Wednesdays) days. On average, over 70% of our pupils participate in the weekly event.
3rd Green Flag: Water
The 3rd Green Flag was achieved for sustainable use of water in the school. A Water Committee was formed with staff and pupils to investigate and implement a more water efficient set up in the school by carrying out a water survey which highlighted where changes could be made in the school environment.
2nd Green Flag: Energy
Our second theme was ‘Energy’. The school had to monitor the usage of electricity and heat. The ‘Energy Detectives’ were very helpful as they checked that lights were not left on around the school when they were not needed. We installed new windows in the school to improve insulation. In 2010, we were successful in earning the ‘Energy Flag’. We still use ‘ Detectives’ to ensure that energy is not wasted in Our Lady’s N.S
1st Green Flag: Litter and Waste
In 2008, we received our first Green Flag for the ‘Litter and Waste’ theme. We reduced our output of general waste and started recycling in our school
The school makes a great effort to keep the grounds litter-free. We continue to recycle throughout the school and encourage the children to do the same at home.