Update September 2009
We have lots of hard workahead of us in Green Schools this year. After our
new committee is elected, we will be straight down to business! We will be working
hard to maintain our three flags for Litter and Waste, Energy and Water. Our
Junior Infants will be learning how to use all our recycling bins, one bin at
a time though-it takes practice! 3rd and 4th classes have kindly offered to
help out the Juniors and Seniors. Look out for Door Dude later in the term when
the weather gets cold. If you have any Green Schools ideas, be sure to pass
them on to your rep and they can raise your ideas at our meetings.
There was great excitement in the NDNSP in June '09 when we
were awarded our 3rd Green Flag for water conservation. Well done everyone!
Update December 2008
Update November 2008
This year Evely and the Committee are working towards our Third
Green Flag, the theme of which is water conservation. During October 4th, 5th
and 6th classes had water workshops with Sinead Hourihane from Dublin City Council.
On the 4th of November, Catiriona O'Sullivan from An Taisce met with the committee
to offer some tips and advice. 6th Class had work on display in the school on
Water Conservation on the Green Schools noticeboard. Read
some ideas from 4th class on water conservation here.
Update February 2007
Great News - We have been awarded
our Second Green Flag. Well done Everyone!
Our Green Code
1.We will encourage the use of recycled
2. We will not be LITTER
3. We will use both sides of paper
when writing, photocopying and printing.
4. We wil clean up the yard when necessary.
5. We will help one another and work
as a team.
6. We will compost as much waste as
7. It is our aim to reduce the amount
of energy used in our school.
8. We will recycle paper, card, cartons,
plastic bottles and soft plastic wrapping.
9. We will turn off lights and close
doors when necessary.
10. We will help our environment by
walking, cycling, using public transport and car sharing to school.
Update November 2006
Renewing our First Flag
We have been working hard maintaining our levels of
recycling in the school. We must now officially apply to renew our first Green
Flag for litter and waste, which was awarded to us in May 2005. This process will
involve submitting an application to An Taisce detailing our continuing efforts
at recycling. We will then have an assessment visit from Clare Egan at Dublin
City Council. If Claire is suitably impressed, she will recommend that we retain
our flag. Therefore, it is really important that we continue our hard work. We
want to keep this flag and hopefully earn another.
We are in the early stages of our Energy work. We have
completed an energy review in our school and last year's 6th class found that
we had a bad habit of leaving doors open, especially when the heat is on. To combat
this problem, our DOOR DUDE system will swing into action when we return from
our mid-term break. Each class will have a DOOR DUDE monitor to make sure that
doors are closed when the heat is on. We will keep a record of how each class
does. This will be on view on our Green Shools noticeboard, just inside our front
door. Then we will formulate our Action Plan for Energy. It will be hard work,
but we are up to the task.
Update May 2006
We were thrilled
to be awarded with our very first green flag for litter and waste in June '05.
But we are not finished yet!!
We are working o our 2nd flag for energy. We have
completed an environmental review of energy consumption in the school and are
beginning to devise our action plan.
We will keep you posted on our progress.
We started on the task of becoming a green school in
the middle of the last school year (2003/2004). In order to be recognised as a
'Green School' and be awarded a green flag, we have a lot of hard work still to
We are following the 7 steps towards a green school
very closely. We first established a green schools committee made up of students,
teachers and parents. Each clas then undertook an environmental review of our
school. The results of this review helped us to formulate an action plan, on
which we are now working.
We have made a difference with all our work
so far. We now recycle all reused paper and card. We recycle juice cartons and
soon will start to collet plastic bottles and pakaging for recyling. We have
reduced our black (rubbish) bin total from 8 to 5. We still have a lot of work
left to do. Follow our progress on this website.
Spring Clean in the NDNSP - 15th April '05