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.
St Francis National School has been part of the Green School Programme since we opened in 2007, resulting in FOUR Green Flag awards for the school:
1. Litter and Waste
4. Travel and Transport
Last year we were awarded the Green Flag Travel and Transport theme in our school and encouraging children to walk or cycle to school.
The result of the work is clearly evident both inside and outside the school. The school grounds are in impeccable condition, and we re-cycle in every classroom. We even re-cycle clothes, stamps, batteries and ink cartridges for charity. New shrub and flower beds have been planted as part of the Green School and Per Cent for Art Project, with an outdoor classroom and garden, surrounded with wooden flower boxes.
We are now working towards out 5th Green Flag on the theme of Biodiversity.
In the future we hope to work on the Global Citizenship themes.
The school is grateful to both An Taisce and to the Blackrock Tidy Towns for their ongoing support.
GROW Awards June 2015
On 11th June Louth County Council held their GROW (Green, Organic, Renewable, Waste Minimisation) Schools Environmental Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Htel in Dundalk. St Francis NS was delighted to receive 3rd place in the Eco Tribe Woodland challenge, an overall 4 star GROW award and a special award for our Pincipal, Oreena Lawless for Environmental Teacher of the year.