About Green Schools

Green-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.
Unlike a once-off project, it is a long-term programme that introduces participants (students, teachers, parents and the wider community) to the concept of an environmental management system.

Scoil Chaitríona Senior, in partnership with An Taisce and Galway City Council, first got involved with Green Schools in 1999.

Click here to read our Green Schools Code!

Over the years we’ve had many active Green Schools committees. Committees were made up mostly of students but teachers, management, ancillary staff and parents were also represented. They compiled an Action Plan at the beginning of each school year and involved the whole school community in meeting each year’s targets.

(Play the presentation below to see how and WHY it all started!)

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We’ve achieved six Green Flag awards and have covered the following themes:  Litter & Waste, Energy, Water and Transport. We’re currently working on promoting Biodiversity in our school grounds. (Click on the links to see some photos!)

Click here to find out what we’we’ve been up to since 1999! 

Latest news!

September 2017:

  • Our school garden, now into its nineth year, came alive again after the winter. Community garden’s expert Kay Synnott was in and we harvested some winter vegetables which had been growing during the Summer holidays.
  • We cleared some beds, dug in some rotted leaves we’d collected last Autumn and we covered some beds for the Winter.

October 2017:

  • The 5th was National Tree day. Classes took part in tree activities in the school grounds.
  • Most classes entered Galway City Council’s Anti-Litter Poster competition.
  • In the week of the 16th we celebrated Ireland’s first Climate Action Week. As well as work in classrooms, four classes enjoyed a presentation on global warming and its effect on our lives given by Ms Mongan.

November 2017:

  • Three classes had a toe-tapping good time at a wonderful creative music workshop, with an environmental theme (Workshop Theme: Stepping into a Cleaner Future is in Your Hands), given by musician Annette McNelis. The workshop was funded by Galway City Council, under the Dept. of the Environment’s Anti-litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness’ Grant Scheme 2017.

 

December 2016:

  • We go more great news this month! Scoil Chaitríona Senior had three winners in the Galway City Council’s anti-litter calendar competition! Their posters will appear in the 2017 calendar. Well done to all our talented artists!

January 2017:

  • We spread seaweed on our vegetable beds to enrich the soil!

March 2017:

  • We celebrated National Tree Week this month. Lot of classes did tree studies and got involved in tree activities around out school grounds.

April 2017:

  • On the 26th we did our annual Spring Clean where all the classes helped to clean up Renmore Pitches and Renmore Avenue. We filled eight and a half bags this year but way back in the year 2000 we filled 29 bags! So it looks like our message is spreading and people are dropping less litter! It was a great success and the parish is shining thanks to all the wonderful Scoil Chaitriona Senior pupils. Have a look at the pictures and a report of the day’s activities on the ‘What’s Happening’ page.
  • We had trouble keeping our bird feeders filled this Winter with all the bird activity around our grounds and we’re thrilled that a pair of blue tits have ‘moved in’ to our nest box again this year.
  • With the camera in the nest box, which our caretaker Mike installed, we had great fun watching them building their nest. It looked really cosy!

May 2017:

  • Our garden expert Kay was with us again this month. She and the children did some weeding and they planted peas, tomatoes, strawberries, kale, cabbage, leeks, beetroot, potatoes and flowers.
  • On the 24th a number of classes accompanied Kay to Merlin Woods where they participated in tree studies and nature hunts.
  • The blue tit mother laid eight eggs and we got to see the chicks hatch and grow. Their parents looked after them well and on the 29th eight healthy chicks fledged. It was a very special insight into the secret life of blue tits! Read the full Nest Box 2017 report on the ‘What’s Happening’ page

 

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