Green School Committee

Green School Committee

Programme of Work 2017-2018

European Mobility Week

The staff and pupils of SCN took part in their first ‘Walk to School’ day on Friday, September 22nd as part of European Mobility Week. The theme for this week focusses on ‘sharing’. By using shared forms of transport we can reduce our expenses and lower our carbon footprint. Best of all, we can meet new people and make our journey more sociable! With that in mind, we joined the other town primary schools to mark this occasion and gathered in Kenny Park Stadium to meet some local councillors and several players from the winning Galway minor hurling team.   

About our Green School

In 2000 Scoil Chroí Naofa decided to take on a new project for the millennium. We applied to become a Green school and entered into our journey to achieve our first green flag. Each flag is a two year cycle. Our first flag was for Litter and Waste and then over the next few years we were successful in obtaining flags for the following:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Travel
  • Bioversity

We have just been informed that we have been successful in securing another flag based on the theme Global Citizenship, Litter & Waste.

Global Citizenship-Litter and Waste

We are a very active green school. The following are an example of some of the ways that we work to make our world a more sustainable place to live in

  • Reduce, recycle and reuse waste where possible
  • Equip classrooms with recycling, compost and general waste bins
  • Conserve water and heat
  • Walk to school once a month
  • Bring home all lunch packaging and bottles and reuse them
  • Recycle batteries and mobile phones
  • Collect annually for four Cash for Clobbers
  • Provided high-vis jackets to all pupils
  • Erected a rockery, bird houses and bird feeders
  • Plant flower baskets and pots around the school
  • Invited speakers from WEE Ireland, Trocaire and An Taisce
  • Invite parents to help us with our gardening
  • Grow vegetables every year in Spring in our garden.
  • Erected a bug hotel
  • Compost waste
  • Teamed up with the Athenry tidy towns in helping to keep Athenry a beautiful town by cleaning up around our school walls every day and planting trees around Athenry
  • Plant a tree for National Tree Day on our grounds every year
  • Take part in the National Spring Clean in April
  • Established a Diversity committee to help children and parents from other countries settle into our school. We have an Intercultural Day every year
  • Host an Intercultural Day every year
  • Raise money through raffles and bake sales for charities
  • Invite parents and volunteers from the Athenry Crafts group to provide sewing, knitting and crochet lessons to children in our school

The above are only some of the things we do that contribute to us being a great Green School.

Our slogan is: Think Globally Act Locally

We have been a green school for 14 years and will continue to be.

Our aim as a Green School is to teach the children to respect their environment and to hopefully put into practice as adults what they have learned in school

Green School Activities 2015 – 2016

  • Our school has just been awarded our seventh Green Flag which focussed on the theme of Global Citizenship and Energy Revised with an emphasis on Climate Change, Social Justice, Inequality, Trade and Fair Trade. We have already received flags based on the following themes: Litter, Waste, Energy, Water, Travel and Biodiversity. We all have a responsibility in looking after our environment, in thinking globally and acting locally. Everyone can make a difference. A very sincere thank you to Mrs. Monson our Green School Co-ordinator assisted by Committees in 5th and 6th Congratulations to the whole school community who participated in the Green School Programme.
  • The Green School Committee distributed Hi-Vis Vests to all the children in Junior Infants.
  • The Committee organised two Park & Stride Days for the whole school community from Kenny Park.
  • They organised four monster Cash for Clobber collections.
  • The Committee requested children  not to  exchange Christmas Cards  at school. This is our way of caring for the environment and reducing the amount of waste paper as well as cutting cost to families due to the current economic climate
  • They reminded the parents, children and staff about a free WEEE Wagon Day for electrical household waste and electronic equipment organised by Galway County Council and WEEE Ireland.
  • Mrs. Monson’s 6th class girls had their own bake stall with a variety of foods from other countries at the Bia Lover Festival. They were dressed in international costume. Visitors had an opportunity to taste a wide variety of international cuisine.

Green School Activities 2016 – 2017