Green Schools Project
St. Patrick's Primary School is gearing up
to participate in the Green-Schools Project. Green-Schools is a Europe-wide
project designed to encourage and acknowledge whole-school action for the
Green Schools is both a programme and an award
scheme. The award will take the form of a green flag which can be flown outside
the school. The award needs to be renewed every two years. The aim of the Green
Schools Project is to make environmental awareness and action an integral part
of school life.
There are seven stages towards achieving
Green Schools status. The initial crucial steps are:
1. Establish the Green Schools Committee.
2. Conduct an environmental review
3. Determine an action plan
Don't be over-ambitious. The action plan should be one that's easily obtainable.
The Green Schools Project is flexible. Different schools will find different
routes to achieving Green School status.
Our Green Flag Arrives!
On June 17th 2003 we recieved our green flag. This
was a great honour for the school and the result of much hard work by the staff,
parents and particularly the pupils of the school. Special thanks must go to the
green schools committees of the past couple of years and to Ms. Hogan, Ms.
O'Grady, Mrs. Mongan and our caretaker Miko for all their hard work. We were
delighted to have Sarah Keating of pop group "SIX" on hand to assist
in the raising of the flag for the first time.
The boys and staff worked hard as a team to
achieve this prestigious award. A small group of committee members were chosen
to go to Dublin and were presented with the Green Flag by the Minister Mr. Pat
Rabbitte. We are very proud of our achievement.
are applying for renewal of our Green Flag. To do this successfully we must show
that we have maintained and built on our achievements. We have submitted our
action plan and answered a questionnaire to prove that we fulfilled the
criteria. Our Green-Schools assessor called to assess our project 2nd
February 2005. Our application and assessment form have been submitted to An
Taisce where a final decision to grant the award is made.
The boys on the Green-School Committee are taking part in a project on our local
river – The Nanny. At the end of January 2005 they visited the river on two
separate occasions. On their first visit they took samples of the water and
vegetation. The boys carried out filtration experiments on these samples. They
planted three ash trees to enhance and strengthen the riverbank on their second
visit. A follow up visit is due to take place in the near future.
We have just received a letter from An Taisce’s
Green-Schools Evaluation Committee to say that they continue to be extremely
impressed with our programme and have no hesitation in renewing our
International Green Flag Award.