Green Schools is Irelands leading environmental management and award programme, working with secondary schools across the country.

Green Schools is a student-led programme, where students promote long-term and whole-school action for their environment, with involvement of the wider community. The programme is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of “An Taisce” and supported by Clare and Tipperary County Council.

Click Here - St Anne's Our Green Schools Journey: The following is a powerpoint which was presented at Neat Street Conference in Croke Park last week. The school were delighted to be awarded the An Taisce Neat Streets "Champion School" for litter and waste. Click on the link above to download the pdf of the presentation given.

How many themes are there?

There are ten themes that schools work on. All schools start on the theme Litter and Waste for two years and when a Green Flag is achieved and awarded schools move on to the Energy theme. For details on all the themes see www.greenschoolsireland.org/themes/

St Anne's were awarded their first Green Flag for “Litter & Waste” in 2019 and are working towards renewing this Green Flag and achieving a Green Flag for “Energy” for 2021/2022. As part of receiving Green Flag for Energy actions must continue to be taken on Litter and Waste.

The Green Schools gives us an opportunity to take ownership of an environmental issue and create a positive change in our local community.

Student-led Green Schools Committee

Head of Green Schools:

  • Oversee committee actions and coordinate activities.
  • Liaise with Green Schools Coordinator/s to keep her/him updated.
  • Run Green Schools meetings with the Green Schools Coordinator/s
  • Link with Green School co-ordinators to ensure curriculum links are made.
  • Keep action plan up to date (link with deputy head)

Deputy Head of Green Schools:

  • Work closely with the Head of Green Schools
  • Keep action plan up to date and ensure up to date version is on green schools
  • Create an agenda for meetings
  • Record and circulate minutes of the Committee meetings.

Green Code / Action Day co-ordinators / team:

  • Create a song, rap, poem or slogan for the Travel theme.
  • A competition could be held within the school.
  • Create a video / digital poster / poster of the Green School Code.
  • Display this code on the notice board, web or elsewhere
  • Organise Action Day

Green Schools notice board communication officers / team:

  • Design a creative theme for the notice board.
  • Display Committee names and photos.
  • Update the notice board regularly to display survey results, recent events and news.
  • Use a ‘fact or image of the week’ system to get other pupils thinking about the environment

Digital and Social Media co-ordinator / team:

  • Look at preparing social media posts relating to Green Schools
  • Develop a Green Schools section on school web page
  • Add links to short videos, posts about the Committee’s progress

Litter Awareness co-ordinator / team:

  • Complete Litter Checklist - attached
  • Map and monitor litter black spot areas
  • Analyse time of day littering occurs (inside and perhaps outside school grounds?)
  • Involve other students – create awareness days - set up timetable for classmates to do litter picks; participate in National Spring Clean

Waste Management co-ordinator / team:

  • Look at www.mywaste.ie
  • Complete Waste checklist – see attachment
  • Develop questionnaire and survey – see attachment
  • Obtain waste collection data from contractor – look at quantity of waste going for recycling; food waste and general waste – seek to see an upward trend in recycling and food waste bins and less in general waste – link with Analytics team here
  • Conduct audits of the bin
  • Look at contamination in recycling and food waste bins and seek to reduce contamination through awareness campaigns
  • Review signage / bin locations
  • Encourage students to prevent waste in the first bring reusable water bottles; reduce amount packaging for lunches etc
  • Look at paper usage and how to reduce

Waste Prevention awareness co-ordinator / team:

  • Look at www.mywaste.ie
  • Complete Waste checklist – see attachment
  • Develop questionnaire and survey – see attachment
  • Encourage students to prevent waste in the first bring reusable water bottles; reduce amount packaging for lunches etc
  • Look at paper usage and how to reduce it
  • Are staff using two sides coping
  • Are we using high-yield economical toners for school printers.

 

Analytics co-ordinator / team:

  • Analysis of surveys and audits by other teams
  • Presenting findings of surveys / audits to Green Schools committee
  • Prepare material for green school notice board

Green School Co-Ordinators:

Mr. C. Hayes; Ms. L. Farrelly; Ms. M. Ryan; Ms. B. Hartigan; Ms. G. Madden.


Green Schools Letter to Students 2021 2022

Student Leadership Roles for Litter and Waste Committee

Litter Waste Expression of Interest form 2021-2022

Energy Expression of Interest form 2021-2022

St Annes Twitter

Humans of St. Anne's

Contact

St. Anne's Community College
Clarisford
Killaloe
Co. Clare


Phone: (061) 376 257
Fax: (061) 375 768
Email: stanneskillaloe@lcetb.ie