National Walk to School Week 2016
We are still working hard towards gaining our next green flag!
This year National Walk to School Week will be running from 16th– 20th May 2016.
We would like to encourage pupils, parents and teachers to walk to school wherever possible during this week.
We will be holding a National WOW day- Walk on Wednesday on the 18th of May.
Park’ n’ Stride is also a great way to get involved in this event. Park’ n’ Stride encourages parking in a nearby carpark and walking to school. Our two designated car parks are Arena 7 and Aldi (Ramelton Road).
- Walking to school benefits children in the following ways:
- Walking is known to improve academic performance.
- Walking gives children good life experience.
- Walking gets children outdoors.
- Walking provides daily exercise for children.
Join in Green-Schools’ National WOW day on Wednesday 18th May 2016 and help reach the target of 20,000 people walking to school all over Ireland!
Barbara and Mairéad
What is the Green School programme?
Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.
Unlike a once-off project, it is a long-term programme that introduces participants (students, teachers, parents and the wider community) to the concept of an environmental management system.
However, Green-Schools is far more than just an environmental management system. It fosters a strong sense of citizenship and leadership among participants that spreads far outside the school into the wider community. It also promotes a strong sense of teamwork among teachers, students and the wider community to reach a common high level goal. It flattens and democratises school management structures. It brings children into the decision-making process and makes them responsible for their decision and actions. In fact it could be best described as being ‘more than the sum of its parts’.
The aim of Green-Schools is to increase students’ and participant awareness of environmental issues through classroom studies and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school and also in the wider community. Schools that have successfully completed all the elements of the programme are awarded the ‘Green-Flag’. This award has now become a well-recognised Eco-Label. The award has to be renewed every two years.
One of the key success factors of the Green-Schools programme is that it is a themed programme. That is, schools undertaking the programme work through the seven steps one theme at a time. The themes in sequence are:
1. Litter & Waste
6. Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste
7. Global Citizenship – Energy
Our school is currently working towards the ‘Travel’ flag..For more information see below: