“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” (Greenschoolsireland.org)
We began our journey towards acquiring the fourth Green Flag on the 30th May 2013 when Sandy McGroarty from an Taisce visited our school and surveyed how pupils travel to school. We mapped where the pupils in our school came from and set up 2 Park and Stride locations where the pupils could gather and walk from. With the help of Sandy we audited the two routes for their safety.
To encourage the children to start walking to school we introduced the Golden Boot and later The Silver Slipper for the most improved class. Parents, teachers and pupils became actively involved in encouraging pupils to walk, cycle or car-pool in order to reduce the amount of fuel that we use. In this way we are helping to make our environment cleaner and healthier.
We also studied how we could make the environment cleaner by walking to school etc. John Arnold spoke to the school about walking to school in the past.
We had 2 Action days when we all walked or cycled to school with Mickey and Minnie Mouse leading the way on Day 1. We also received great support from the parents and the local Tidy Towns Committee.
In April we received the wonderful news that we were to awarded the Green Flag for travel. On the 26th of May, Cathal O Leary and Katie O Flynn along with Mrs. O Sullivan and Mr. de Roiste were presented with the Green Flag for travel.
We are all very proud of our achievement to date, and we are looking forward attaining more Green Flags in the future!
Our Green School Motto states :
“It’s not fair to pollute the air, walk to school to show you care”.