Green school Flag launch



On Thursday 18th of June, the whole school community gathered to celebrate the raising of the schools fifth green flag.


Each class sang a song about  helping the earth and how to be a good global citizen.



Pupils dressed in green or wore superhero costumes!

Special guest, Cork hurler Niall O Leary, came to raise the flag with the pupils from the Green School Commitee.

To mark the day, 2nd class planted two apple trees next to the path of the entrance to the school.

Brilliant Brazil

Le Chéile decided to learn about Brazil for the multi-cultural Green School’s project.

One of the students in our class is from Brazil. He brought in some traditional Brazilian food and drinks for us to taste. They were delicious. He also brought in a Brazilian flag and jersey. For our project we learned many facts about Brazil, made carnival masks and flags during art class and also danced to samba music. It was great fun.

1st class help the Green Schools

First class have been learning all about the importance of recycling and composting over the last number of weeks.

To help the wonderful new Green School comittee, first class decided to pick up some litter around the school and in the Fr. Ferris field.


The class grabbed their litter pickers and set off to pick up any litter that was found around our lovely school.

The class are delighted to say that very little litter was found on the school grounds, however, most of the litter that was picked was found outside of the school grounds in Fr. Ferris field. The class took a survey of what litter was found and where so the committee know what areas need more attention.



5th Green Flag for Biodiversity

Castlelyons National School were honoured to receive our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity!

To celebrate the arrival of the flag, we held a Green schools day, all staff and pupils wore green to mark the occasion.


A special guest also came to the school! A bumble bee, the bumble bee was very kind and awarded the children with no homework for all the hard work to earn the flag.

As an extra treat, an ice cream van came to the school to give child an ice cream.

Our Journey to FOUR green flags

“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” ( (4)

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”.