Green Schools

Greens Schools

As Part of Transition Year we have established a Green Schools Committee. Gary Brady, Environmental Officer with Longford County Council was in the college in February to do an audit for a Litter and Waste flag as part of the Green-Schools Programme. He was very impressed with the progress made in the college by the Green-Schools committee, students and staff. We await his decision now and are hoping for a positive outcome.

Our Aims in St. Mel’s College are:

Reduce – Waste by making less rubbish in the first place try to buy things with less packaging, less disposable items, so that you’ve got less to throw away.

Re-Use – Even better than recycling as it requires no additional energy. Easy ways to re-use waste are by refilling plastic bottles with more drinks, using both sides of paper or using folders, binders & envelopes again!

Recycle – Recycling occurs when you the reusable materials to places where they can be remade into something NEW! You can recycle Paper & Cardboard – Glass – Newspapers & Magazines – Plastics Bottles – Bags & Containers – Can & Tins – Old Cloths!

  • Over 3,600 primary, secondary and special schools in Ireland (>88% of all Irish schools) are currently participating part in the programme
  • 2573 schools have been awarded the Green Flag.
  • Most of the Local Authorities (City & County Councils) have an Environmental Education Officer (EEO).
  • These officers provide the invaluable on the ground support to schools undertaking the programme.
  • An opportunity to help develop students’ decision-making skills.
  • An opportunity to build students’ confidence and sense of citizenship through participation.
  • Curriculum materials and ideas for projects and events.
  • Access to a network of support agencies.
  • Links with other schools in Ireland and internationally.
  • A prestigious and internationally recognised award.
  • Opportunities for local and national publicity.
  • Potential for financial savings.
  • Reduction of waste and litter, reduced energy and water consumption levels.
  • Improved school environment.
  • Opportunity to involve the local community.

For a better, cleanser tomorrow – preserve & conserve everyday!

What is Green Schools?

Green-Schools is holistic. It aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school. This should include the students, teachers, non-teaching staff, and parents, as well as the Local Authority, the media, and local business. Green-Schools endeavors to extend learning beyond the classroom and develop responsible attitudes and commitment, both at home and in the wider community.

What we are doing

We have set up a notice board in the assembly hall so that students are aware of Green Schools. We will  pick up litter around the school with fellow students in different years. We contacted different companies and asked for posters and banners. We’ve contacted Gary Brady and he gave us advice. We hope all this will help us get a Green Flag.

Rubbish

You should dispose of waste properly within the school. There is two foods bin on schools grounds. One in the assembly hall and the other is the Staff Room. These are food bins if you have any food put them in these bins. The other bins around the school are for general waste including the bins in the classrooms. There should be no eating/drinking in the classrooms.

Composting

Our composting site is behind the school where we put all the sawdust that is left over from Mr Galvin’s Woodwork room. Other items in our compost heap include leaves, mowed grass.

Waste from the Woodwork room

There is an extractor machine in the Woodwork room. This extracts sawdust from the room more efficiently. Sawdust is then taken by Mr Galvin to the compost site, while larger pieces of wood were used for domestic fuel.

Bird Tables

Last year’s T.Y. students and this year’s have made bird tables in the Woodwork room, and were erected around the school. A bin has also been placed in the assembly hall and also in the staff room for food scraps, which can be put out on the bird table daily.

Science Waste

We have 3 different labs in our school and all harmful waste has been removed from each one. No more harmful substances are used in experiments but if any are used they are disposed of by Curriculum Development Unit.

Our Application

We sent in our application in November. We needed to reach a certain amount of goals. We need each student in each year to follow these rules.

  1. Bins should be respected.
  2. If you pass litter pick it up and bin it.
  3. No eating or drinking in classrooms.

Tidy Towns

Our Transition Year class have volunteered to help with Tidy Towns. We as a school should not just keep our school tidy but our town tidy. Recycling will be helping and if you see litter pick it up and bin it.