Green Schools

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.


For more information on the programme, please visit the Green School Ireland website


St Francis National School has been part of the Green School Programme since we opened in 2007, resulting in SIX Green Flag awards for the school:

1. Litter and Waste 2010
2. Energy 2012
3. Water 2014
4. Travel and Transport 2016
5. Biodiversity 2018
6.Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste 2020

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 currently working on our seventh Green Flag on the theme of Global Citizenship – Energy

The school is grateful to both An Taisce and to the Blackrock Tidy Towns for their ongoing support.

We have a very active and enthusiastic Green Schools Committee, made up of pupils and led by our Principal, Oreena Lawless.

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