Green Schools 2016-2017
Green-Schools in Ireland is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce . Over 3,600 primary, secondary and special schools in Ireland (>88% of all Irish schools) are currently participating part in the programme and 2573 schools have been awarded the Green Flag. Green-Schools is a themed and seven-step programme.
For more information see http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/
This year Scoil Aonghusa Community National School was working towards our fourth Green Flag. The Aim of this flag is to promote and increase the amount of pupils walking, cycling, park ‘n’ stride, carpooling or using public transport,which will ease congestion by reducing the amount of private cars arriving at the school. It will also lessen the overall impact on the environment by reducing emissions and pollution.The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists.
Our Green School Travel Mottos:
Our Action Day
We had our Green School Action Day in April. Because we are trying to get our travel flag, the committee decided it would be a good idea to have a big walk around the GAA grounds that morning. Everybody wore green and we had balloons and banners celebrating the day. Our Green School officer Fiona Barry came along on the day and did some travel games and activities with all the classes. Some of the boys in 3rd Class even composed and performed a Travel themed rap! All the classes focused on travel based lessons for the day. Our Action Day was a huge success and all the children really enjoyed it.
Green Flag Award
Teachers and pupils of Scoil Aonghusa CNS attended a very special ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa on the 11th of May. Following 2 years of hard work by Mrs O’Regan and the Green Schools Committee, we were very proud to be presented with our 4th Green Flag for Transport. Next year we will begin working on our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity.
Green Schools 2015-2016
In Scoil Aonghusa Community N.S. we are working towards the Travel Green Flag, having received the Energy Green Flag last year.
The aim of this flag is to promote and increase the amount of pupils walking, cycling, park ‘n’ stride, carpooling or using public transport,which will ease congestion by reducing the amount of private cars arriving at the school. It will also lessen the overall impact on the environment by reducing emissions and pollution.The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists
So far we have assembled our Green Schools Committee, conducted a survey on the different ways we travel to school, and we have been visited by our Green Schools Representative. In the new year we will be having an Action Day, along with more visits to conduct fun activities such as mapping the distance everyone travels to school. Stay tuned for more updates, slogans, activities and suggestions as we work our way towards our 4th flag.
Green Schools 2014-2015
Our Energy Slogans
Switch If Off!
Water Conservation Will Help The National
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
What You Can Do
Energy is fundamental to the way we live our life today. Electricity is an amazing resource and should be used efficiently both at home and in school. Here are a few tips to help you use energy more efficiently and save money too;
Turn Off the Lights!
- Don’t leave lights on when no-one is in the room. In school put stickers on light switches to remind everyone to turn off the lights at the end of class.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). These bulbs use ¼ of electricity as normal light bulbs and last up to 12 times longer!
Turn Off Appliances!
- Turn off your TV, stereo, playstation, computer, washing machine, DVD and other appliances when they are not in use. Leaving appliances on stand-by uses energy so remember to switch them off.
- Put stickers on photocopiers, computers and other appliances in school to remind everyone to turn them off.
Turn Down the Heat!
- Turning the thermostat down by 1°C can reduce your heating bills by 10%.
- Remember to turn off radiators in school after 12noon unless it is an exceptionally cold day.
- Close your curtains at dusk as curtains block cold air coming in.
- Check all windows and doors to see where draughts are coming in. If you identify draughts get your parents or teachers to seal them up. Why don’t you try and make a draught excluder using old clothes!
Turn Off the Taps!
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
- Turn off taps – wasting water wastes electricity as a huge amount of electricity is used daily in supplying water and cleaning it after use