Green-Schools is the leading environmental management and award programme in Ireland, working with primary and secondary schools across the country.
What is the Green-Schools Initiative?
The aim of the Green-Schools initiative is to promote long-term whole school action for the environment. It is a student-led programme with involvement from staff and the wider community. The programme is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Unit of An Taisce (FEE member of Ireland).
Within St.Margaret’s N.S we established our own Green School committee at the start of the year. The committee is made up of one pupil from each class in the school and they meet regularly with Ms. Dunne to discuss their plans and initiatives for the school year. The members keep all classes up to date on Green School news and events and they have various leadership roles and duties. They monitor classrooms at break times to ensure that all lights and projectors are off and we are saving energy. The committee members also visit each classroom regularly to remind everyone what goes into each waste bin and what we can and cannot recycle. Our school has a Green School notice board which is updated and monitored regularly.
St. Margaret’s N.S. Green School Slogan
This year we are focusing on the theme of Global Citizenship – Energy which is the seventh theme in the Green-Schools Programme. This theme takes a closer look at energy and climate issues worldwide. At the start of the year, the Green school committee ran a competition within the school to see who could come up with a school slogan appropriate for this year’s theme. Cara Hand in 5th Class was the overall winner who came up with the clever slogan “If us humans want to stay, we need to find a better way!”
Recently Claire from the SEAI visited our school. The boys and girls from 1st to 6th class learned all about the different types of energy, where we can find stored energy and also how energy can be changed from one kind of energy to another.
Recently senior members of our Green Team attended a Marine Environment Workshop at the Spa hotel in Lucan. The event was hosted by Green Schools and was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.
As Part of our Green School action plan we are making a big effort to create less waste and use less plastic. During our annual Trick or Treat for Temple Street fundraiser the St Margaret’s Green Team ran a competition encouraging the boys and girls to reuse old costumes and to create costumes from recycled materials.
St Margarets NS are delighted to introduce our new Green Team. Joey, Kinga, Rhys, Harry, Emma, Ryan, Kate and Conor. We are so proud of all the boys and girls who show such passion in caring for the environment and our global community. St Margaret’s has participated in the Greenschools programme for many years now.
To celebrate Climate Action Week and to further explore the Science Strand of Living Things, all classes in St. Margarets NS planted an assortment of tulip bulbs in our fantastic Greenhouse.
We are committed to our Green Code to “Be fantastic, Get Rid of Plastic”. Take a look at this video, compiled by our Green Team. It explains why and how we hope to protect our marine environment.
Ms. Gorman’s class participated in the Leave No Trace programme which was a fun and engaging way to learn all about Ireland’s natural environment. The class took part in two workshops.
To mark the start of spring, the children planted bulbs, seeds and bare roots with help from James, our wonderful school caretaker. We are looking forward to harvesting our own beans, peas, carrots and strawberries over the coming months.
CONGRATULATIONS ! A big well done to Liam and Robyn who won our recent Shop Local Poster Competition. They both put a huge effort into their posters. We hope that they enjoyed all of the delicious fresh fruit in their beautiful hamper. A big thank you to Keelings Farm...
During the month of April the Green-Schools Committee set the children of St. Margaret’s N.S. a challenge. They wanted to find out how far our food has travelled before we eat it.