Eco-Schools is operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) whose main partners include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Green-Schools in Ireland is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland), in partnership with Local Authorities throughout the country, is supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and is sponsored by the Wrigley Company Ltd.
RPNS has been taking part in the Green-Schools initiative since 2008 and we have been awarded four Green Flags to date: one on the theme of litter and waste, one in relation to energy, one for water conservation and the fourth for transport.. We are currently working towards our fifth flag, on the theme of biodiversity.
Every year a Green-Schools Committee is elected, consisting of two members (one boy and one girl) from each class from 1st to 6th Class. Two teachers from the school lead the committee. The committee has regular meetings to discuss Green-Schools issues and to implement iniatives. They endeavour to gain as many Green-Schools flags as possible through participation in each two-year programme and to maintain the existing flags.
This year the committee is:
1st class: Jack and Naomi
2nd class: Anna and Josh
3rd class: Dillon and Lauren
4th class: Andrew and Chloe
5th class: Aoibhinn and Jack
6th class: Evan and Charlie
20th February 2018
Eric Dempsey from the Heritage in School Scheme visited the school on February 20th to talk to the children about birds and their habits and habitats He had some birds wings and feathers. He told us all about ecosystems and biodiversity too. It was really interesting.
30th January 2015
Sarah from the Rediscovery Centre came out to visit 3rd, 4th and 5th class this week. She talked to us about water and where it comes from. We learned about the different ways we can play our part to conserve water and just how precious it is.