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St Patrick's Junior National School, Corduff, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Green Schools

Our Green Schools Programme

St. Patrick's Junior School has always worked hard to look after the environment, but since joining the Green Schools Programme run by An Taisce, the whole school community has become involved in a huge range of recycling, energy saving and water-saving initiatives.

Our Green Schools Committee comprises our Principal, three teachers, an SNA, a parent and eight children from each of the First and Second Classes. They are responsible for the overall running of the Green Schools Programme in our school.

We already have 5 green flags - Recycling, Energy Saving, Water Saving, Travel and Bio Diversity.

We keep our school grounds looking well by planting bulbs and taking care of our plants and flowers. We do daily litter patrols to keep our grounds clean.

In the areas of Litter and Waste, we recycle paper, card, plastic and batteries. Each classroom has their own recycling bin which are emptied into bigger bins and then brought to our local Recycling Centre. We also do lots of composting of tea bags from the Staff Room and fruit from lunches.

To encourage classes to keep our school tidy, we have a Tidy Classrooms Competition. The Junior and Senior Infants, along with Early Start, are all members of the Clean Class Club. They keep their classrooms tidy and remember to recycle in order to win the Clever Cat Cup each week.

In First and Second Classes, the children compete to win the Tidy Classrooms Award. They also compete to win the Green Factor Competition. This prize is awarded each week to the child in each class who has the healthiest lunch, helps with recycling, picks up litter and helps keep our school clean.

We also work hard to save energy. We remember to turn off our lights and electrical appliances when we're leaving the room, we wear extra layers instead of turning up the heat, we close doors and we turn off our taps to save water.

We are very proud to have received our third Green Flag for water-saving. We remember to check for leaky taps, we take showers instead of baths, we collect rainwater for our plants and we put plastic bottles in our toilet cisterns to save 1 litre for each flush!

The travel flag is about becoming aware of the best ways to travel. We are teaching the children about how walking or cycling are the best ways to travel because not only do they keep us healthy but they also help keep our air free from petrol fumes.

We will be starting up WOW (Walk On Wednesdays) days which mean that every Wednesday we will all make an extra effort to walk to school and there will be a little competition running within the school to see who the best class at walking are (just a little incentive to get it up and running).
We hope that you can all help us with this because this flag really is a whole community project including parents, children, teachers, lollipop ladies, caretakers etc.

Our Green school committee secured our fifth green flag which is for Bio Diversity.
We have recently created a habitat for worms within the school and are keeping a record of their activities.
The children planted seeds with Mrs Dixon to create a wild flower garden to attract butterflies.

We are working very hard as you can see!




20th Jan 2022
1st class, room 11 attended a zoom. It was an anti litter workshop.      
17th Dec 2021
We have been given 13 native Irish tree samplings from the One Million Trees campaign....
19th Nov 2021
We will celebrate Friendship Week from the 22nd to the 26th of November. We hope...