Green Schools

As part of An Taisce’s Green Schools Programme, the children of St. Vincent’s and their teachers and parents have worked extremely diligently to improve our attitude towards the environment and clean up our school. This hard work has resulted in us earning our first Green Flag for St. Vincent's in 2014. A huge thanks and congratulations to everyone involved, especially Mrs. Meagher and Ms. Lannin, who worked tirelessly to complete a range of tasks towards this wonderful achievement. 

The process helped all involved to become more aware of the importance of environmental issues and to take them more seriously in their personal and home lives. The main focus of this work is litter and waste minimisation. This is to be followed in later years by other environmental issues such as energy, water, travel.

Here is an example of some of the fantastic work carried out so far. We have composed raps about litter, drawn pictures and slogans against litter, and made out graphs of how much litter goes into our school bins. 



Reduce Reuse Recycle



We are trying to reduce the waste produced in our school. Each class has a bin for rubbish and one for recyclables. Children are encouraged to take their rubbish home and to place clean recyclables in the correct bin. Teachers are encouraged to photocopy on both sides of the page.



The school aims to set up collection points for used paper with print on only one side and teachers can take this to reuse for art and craft. Clean recycled waste is collected and reused for art and craft or for storing classroom equipment.



As well as recycling paper and plastics, we have been involved in recycling mobile phones with the Jack and Jill Foundation.