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Green Flag 1Pictured with the flag are committee members Mr. Thomas Mernagh, Mr. Daithi Flynn, Mr. Brendan Daly, Ms. Stephanie O’Dwyer,  Alanna Gill, Aoife  Murphy, & Ms. Catherine Doyle.

(Ms. Lucy Frend was also on the committee and co-ordinated the student committees)

On Thursday, 12th May, our school was presented with the Green Flag following a lot of hard work by the staff and students who were involved in the project.   It has been a two year process to get this Waste and Re-Cycling Flag.   The next  goal is to get the Energy Flag.   

One of the key success factors of the Green-Schools programme is that it is a themed programme. That is, schools undertaking the programme work through the seven steps one theme at a time. The themes in sequence are:

  1. Litter & Waste         5. Biodiversity
  2. Energy                      6.Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste
  3. Water                        7.Global Citizenship – Energy
  4. Travel

Green Flag 2Special thanks must go to the staff and students on the Committee; the school caretakers, George and David Raleigh for their support; Ms. Cliona Connolly of Wexford County Council for her advice and school visits; to Ms. Barbara Anne Murphy, our local councillor for her help with our action projects where over 100 students participated in An Taisce’s community clean up and to our 1st year team who carried out waste and recycling clean ups every Friday:  Martin Byrne, Craig Cullen, Evan Fagan, Laura Flynn Murphy, Grace Gill, Ciaran Kendrick, Barry Murphy & Fatima Yasin.    Thanks also to Peter Scully of 4th year, our Waste Coordinator and Adam Raleigh, 3rd Year,  our Recycling Coordinator

Green Flag 3Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-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.    Eco-Schools is operated by the Foundation for    Environmental Education (FEE) whose main partners include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Litter and waste is chosen as the first theme because:

¨ The subject is particularly relevant to and part of the curriculum in secondary schools

 ¨ Litter is a visible problem; both students and the local community will notice improvements in the appearance and image of the school.

¨ It is a good starting point for encouraging a sense of personal pride and  responsibility.

Taking on this project was no small thing in a school with a campus as large as ours.    It has been a tough job to make sure that all parts of the school inside and out are without litter and to ensure that all the waste generated by our school community of over 900 people was dealt with properly.   The inspection took place in February and we were thrilled to hear in April that we were successful.

Full steam ahead now on  Energy.

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