|Green-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.
It is a long-term programme that introduces students, teachers, parents and the wider community to the concept of an environmental management system. It fosters a strong sense of citizenship and leadership among participants that spreads far outside the school into the wider community. It brings children into the decision-making process and makes them responsible for their decisions and actions.
Sacred Heart N.S has been part of the Green School Programme for a number of years resulting in two Green Flag awards for the school. Each year a committee is formed representing the school. Their job is to facilitate the implementation of new schemes and ideas, which will help our environment.
SHNS was awarded its first Green Flag for ‘Litter and Waste’ in 2014. This award is made to schools that are actively looking after the environment. This Green Flag involved recycling, reducing litter, creating a school garden and learning about the environment.
Our second Green Flag was awarded in 2016 for our work on ‘Energy conservation’. We took steps to reduce our energy consumption at home and at school.
Over the next year we will work towards our third flag under the theme of ‘Water’. Our aim being to reduce water we use unnecessarily every day by making a few simple changes.
To read more about the Green Schools Programme, please visit http://www.greenschoolsireland.org
And don’t forget to follow our progress on our Green School Blog……..