Green Schools at CBS Kilkenny
The Green Schools programme is an initiative to promote environmental awareness in our school. As a whole school community we will work together to fix environmental issues that affect our school and our city. Our main aim is to promote recycling and the responsible use of school facilities. There are a total of 8 Green Flags organised into different categories. We are currently working on our first Green Flag for litter and waste. We firmly believe that the school environment can be improved for all of us by partaking in this programme.
Green Schools 2017 - 2018
Day of Action - Friday 17th November 2017
In co-operation with Mr. Clarke, the Green Schools Committee has planned out a Day of Action to promote the Green Schools ethos and to raise awareness about the littering and waste management issues in our school and local community.
As part of our Day of Action, we completed many other activities. During the week, we asked all teachers to focus on curriculum links in their classrooms.
As part of this, C.S.P.E. teachers were given resources based on Gavin Harte and his work. Religious Education teachers were given resources on environmental development. Geography teachers were given resources on sustainable city models. Language teachers were asked to focus on essays or relevant resources based on the environment.
Alongside the Day of Action, the Green Schools Committee worked with Science teachers, as Science week was also running. They were given resources based on sustainability and materials.
All of the aforementioned resources were prepared by the Green Schools Committee.
On the Day of Action, we ran the Pedal Energy Workshops with Mr. Gavin Harte for all students. The workshops were a great success, and it helped us promote our program, both in the school and in the wider community. Students were shown the effects of litter and waste, wasteful energy usage, and were also given tips to improve their recycling habits.
The Green Schools Committee would like to thank all the students and staff that took part in the organisation of the day, especially Mr. Mulhall and Mr. Clarke.
We would especially like to thank Mr. Gavin Harte for his well-organised and educational workshops that helped all of our students think greener.
Green Schools 2016 - 2017
What we've done so far
Since we began this initiative in September of 2016 we have made considerable progress. We have had a number of guest speakers, such as Malcolm Noonan, visit our school to talk to our students about various issues surrounding litter and waste. We have put up a Green Schools notice board and formed a committee. On the notice board we display information and news about our progress for the school community to read. We have completed a waste audit and published our results to the school notice board. Our Transition Year students have been a fantastic help in organising and planning different elements of the programme so far. We have our Action Plan in place and we are hoping to upgrade our recycling facilities before September 2017.
Our plan going forward
We aim to have our first Green Flag by the beginning of next year. We are hoping to be examined in December 2017. In the meantime we hope to reduce our litter output by a minimum of 20% and increase our recycling. We have put an action plan in place aimed at targeting the main litter problems in the school. We aim to do a school-wide clean up and go out into the surrounding areas and clean up there too. We hope to tackle the black spots in the school and the surrounding areas and complete a second waste audit.
Wider school Involvement
Our Green Schools Initiative has wider benefits for our school and the scope of this can be seen in the involvement of Green Schools in school activities. Earlier in the year we celebrated Catholic Schools Week. The theme was conservation and we highlighted the links between this and our own litter and waste programme. We also provided first aid, stewards and litter collection at the annual Fun Run and this proved to be a great success. Our Committee ensured that there were suitable recycling facilities provided for students and done a sweep of the Castle Park to ensure that we left the park as we found it. Many thanks to the Committee for their hard work on the day.
The Wider Issue
The issue of litter and waste is one that is of vital importance in today's world. With the effects of climate change becoming more clear with each passing day we need to address the issue. We aim to educate our students and staff on what our actions can do to help or hinder the environment. For more information and tips click on the links below.