St Brigid’s Primary School is proud to be a green school. The Green School initiative promotes long-term, whole-school action for the environment. The programme is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland). This programme is very valuable as it teaches all of us to be more aware of our environment and to treat our planet with respect. The Green School programme examines different aspects of the environment. Each year a committee is formed which includes pupils, staff and members of the wider community. Their job is to facilitate the implementation of a plan which will help our environment.
To date we have been awarded the following green flags: Litter and Waste Management, Energy Conservation, Water Conservation , Travel and Biodiversity.
2021: This year we are in the first year of a two year cycle working towards our 6th flag: Global Citizenship Litter and Waste.
Step 1: The Green School Committee
The committee consists of representatives from 1st class upwards and staff representatives. Welcome Alice, Antonia, Aoife, Bianca, Cara, Emily, Farah, Laura Leah, Lily and Heather! Staff representatives include Mrs. Gillivan, Ms. Mahony, Ms. Casey and Joe Farrington.
Meet the Green Team
Step 2: Environmental Review
In November the committee carried out an audit on the recycling and waste bins in our school. Classroom bins were weighed and analysed. A litter and waste survey was also completed by students from Junior Infants – Third Class. The results from the audit and survey informed us that lots of pupils and staff are not sure what items go in the waste and recycling bins. It also showed us that pupils are not aware of the long term effects of littering or the benefits of recycling. We also hope to cut down on the weight of waste bins by 10 % this time next year.
Fourth – Sixth class students carried out a survey on Global Citizenship. On completion of this survey the committee decided to focus on two areas where they lacked knowledge: Fair Trade and the origins of food. In particular they hope that the importance of buying local or growing your own food will be highlighted.
Each committee member also researched the different nationalities in their classroom. Our diverse school includes many different nationalities. We hope that by having a World Culture Day in 2022/23 we can learn more about the different nationalities our school represents.