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Green School 2010/2011

Our Green School

This is a national project run in conjunction with An Taisce and we are also supported by Dublin City Council. This year, our work continues throughout the school as we strive to achieve our second Green Flag for our school under the theme of energy. The programme is designed to encourage and acknowledge whole school action in caring for our environment. This year and last years theme is “energy” and we have set ourselves achievable targets to reduce our energy bills, by switching off lights, keeping doors closed to maintain heat in our classrooms as well as ensuring that when not in use things are swtiched off, so we conserve energy. This year we must also renew our first flag under the theme of litter and waste so we continue and build on the great achievements of all here in St. Patrick’s, as well as you the parents and guardians of the boys over the next few months. So, keep up the interest in discussing regularly with the boys, the ongoing work in the school on the project.

The Green School Committee consists of boys from 2nd to 6th class.

Here a few helpful ideas that you might discuss with your child

• Please remind them to take home all lunch waste

• We encourage re-usable lunch boxes and bottles

• We discourage the use of tin foil/cling film that can’t be used again and they are not biodegradable.

• Please encourage them at home to switch things off fully i.e. computers, televisions, games consoles, etc and of the good practice in not leaving them on “stand by” mode.

Rubbish bins have been taken off the yard over the two years as an experiment to see if we can further reduce waste, and so far it has proved a huge success. We will continue to monitor this over the school year.

Old stamps are also collected in every class so we would encourage you at home to begin a stamp collection and every couple of weeks they can drop them in the box in the corridors.

Following a very informed discussion and presentation by Jonathon Irwin CEO of the Jack and Jill foundation last year we now have this project up and running. Mobile phones can be placed in the Jack and Jill collection boxes. Ink cartridges and old laptops may also be recycled. We are doing our bit for the environment as well as helping a very well respected charity. We also have battery collection points in the school, and we regularly host a clothes collection during the school year, which benefits a recognised charity and supports our project by making a financial contribution towards the running of the project. Any ideas or support you can give us in this project would be really appreciated, and will undoublty help us achieve our second flag, and renew our very first green flag.

Together we can all make a difference!