We won our 6th
Green Flag this year. This flag is a renewal
flag. It is called Global
Citizenship/Litter and Waste. Our work focused around
raising awareness on how looking after our environment aids people all over the
world. We helped the children to see the connection between our actions
in Ireland and how they affect people in other countries, especially in
relation to waste and litter.
We promoted and facilitated active citizenship through our letter writing (we
wrote a letter to the BOM asking them to research the possibility of heating
the school through the use of solar panels and one to many of the teachers
asking them to consider using a keep-cup, when they get takeaway
coffee/tea.) We also engaged in community litter picking and learned
about the Global Goals.
All the while, we try to turn off lights and lap tops when not
in use and continue to recycle in every classroom and separate waste before it
is taken to the outside bins. We note that soft plastic can be
recycled now and try to keep key messages at the forefront of the minds of
students and the whole school community.