Environmental matters in a Green School
In St. Oliver Plunkett Primary School we are very concerned about our environment. We are proud to have attained four Green Flags in our school The Green Flag is a very important part of school life. To earn it, the children, with their teachers, have established a recycling system in each classroom, set up a vegetable garden and a battery recycling area.
We have had very successful Green Days where we engage in environmental activities. In addition to this, all teachers ‘reduce’ and ‘reuse’ on an ongoing basis, and observe energy conservation rules throughout the school. We have established days where pupils are encouraged to walk or cycle to school and families car pool or walk with the Walking Bus on a regular basis. We hope to secure our fourth Green Flag in 2016. The school Board of Management are looking into further supporting our children’s endeavours by introducing underground water tanks to aid further conservation in 2017.
We currently have a very active and vibrant Student Council in our school. A number of years ago we formed an excellent Green Schools committee. They worked tirelessly to make our school community more environmentally friendly and to reduce our carbon footprint. Through their sustained efforts we achieved a number of Green-Schools flags. Some of these were
In 2018 we had a student committee who were working towards achieving a Gaelbhratach for our school- that is a flag awarded to schools who are developing Irish as a spoken language both inside and outside the classroom.
Recently we have brought the Green Schools and the Gaelbhratach committees together and have established our Student Council or Comhairle na nÓg. This group are now the voice of students here in St Oliver’s.
Currently Comhairle na nÓg are focusing on Global Citizenship, Litter and Waste.
Our efforts towards achieving the Gaelbhratach continue.