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Green Flag Journey - From the Start

Green-Schools is an international environmental education programme and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole-school action for the environment.

Green-Schools is a themed programme with schools initially focussing on the theme of Litter & Waste, and working through seven steps for this theme and applying for the Green-Flag. Once successful, the school moves onto the Energy theme, and then onto the Water theme. Each theme is worked on over a 2 year period after which schools must reapply for their flag under their current theme.

On the 17th of May 2007, Rathlee National School officially became a green school by sucessfully completing the Litter and Waste theme. Members of our green committee, Lorna O Brien, Caoimhe Moylan and Kira Connolly went with the Green Schools Co-ordinator, Ms. Lavelle to collect our green flag in the Galway Bay Hotel. We were proud to be the only Sligo school to receive the flag that day.

We then moved on to the next theme - energy and received our second green flag in 2009. We are now working towards our third flag which is Water.


Below are some examples of our activities that take place and have taken place in our school showing our committment to the enviromnent and learning more about how to take care of it.

In our commitment to being a Green School, we have a litter control rota. Litter patrol is carried out by different students each day at lunchtime. Our waste has reduced since the introduction of healthy lunches and a policy whereby pupils bring their waste home. We have a bin system in each classroom set up for recycling, landfill, composter, scrap paper and the lost and found box. We have a composter into which we put the waste from the classroom composter bins into this. In October 2006 1st and 2nd classes went to Rathroeen Landfill site in Ballina.

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