The Green Schools programme began in March 2011 to promote long term, whole school environmental education. The aim of the programme is to increase students and particpants’ awareness of environmental issues through classroom studies and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school and wider community.
The seven sequential steps of the programme are:
- Green Schools Committee
- Environmental Review
- Action Plan
- Monitoring and Evaluating
- Curriculum Work
- Informing and Involving
- Green Code
We are currently aiming at attaining our first green flag award and so our committee and all of the pupils are working through these steps in order to enable us to do so.
We have received lots of guidance from the environmental services at the local county council who sent an officer to help us to review our waste. In preparation for this the children collected all litter and waste from the classrooms and the yard for one week. The environmental officer weighed all waste and segregated it into waste for recycling and waste going to landfill. Our objective over the next year is to reduce the waste going to landfill.
There was huge excitement in St. Michael’s National School on Wednesday 19th June 2019 as we came together as a school community to raise three very important and well-deserved flags. Both staff and pupils have worked extremely hard and have shown huge dedication and commitment to achieve a flag for Water Conservation and Preservation, a […]
We had a very important visitor here today (22nd May 2019) in St. Michaels N.S. Donaghmoyne. John Mullen from the Active Flag Programme came to assess our school as an Active School. He was delighted with the work all our staff and pupils have been doing and […]
As part of our Green Schools Campaign, Ms Atkinson’s class were very lucky to travel to ‘Lough Neagh Discovery and Conference Centre’ in Craigavon, County Armagh on Friday 5th April 2019. Children were given a tour of the centre, went pond-dipping for mini-beasts and spent some time bird-watching.
Well done to the Green School Committee, teachers, staff and guest speakers for all of their hard word for helping to organise, and for partaking in the action day. It was a huge success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!
At last the long awaited Water Action Day arrived on Friday 7th December 2018 which was filled with fun activities. The day began with a Guest Speaker from Lough na Garnaman who discussed in-depth where water to the school in addition to most of the pupils’ houses locally actually comes from and the treatment process […]
All the teachers and pupils throughout the school worked hard in learning about Water topics which integrated well with a variety of curricular subjects. For example Junior and Senior Infants learned about water sources, uses of water and The Water Cycle. They even experimented with making a cloud which was quite interesting! 1st to 6th […]
St.Michael’s N.S. began their journey of learning about Water and Water Conservation in September 2017. The Green School Committees worked tirelessly over the last year beginning with conducting an initial environmental review throughout all classes in an effort to establish pupils’ knowledge of the following: Where does water come from? Where does the schools’ water […]