Welcome to our Green Schools Page.
Make sure to check this page regularly and keep an eye out for any updates!
HCNS as a Green School:
Harold’s Cross National School is very proud to be recognised as a Green School. We are committed to being a Green School and our aim is to teach each child to respect their environment and to hopefully put what into practice what they have learned in school. On this page you will learn all about the various initiatives that are taking place to ensure that we continue to maintain our Green Schools status and to help to increase awareness about a variety of environmental issues.
We are currently working on our fifth Green Schools theme which is Biodiversity. Biodiversity is the study of plants and animals. Our ultimate aim is to make students, parents and teachers aware of the Biodiversity that exists in our world.
Here in Harold’s Cross National School we have been involved in the Green Schools programme since 2009. As part of this programme, we have earned an impressive four Green Flags and are currently working on our fifth.
The Green Schools themes that we have explored to date have been:
- Litter and Waste
Our Green Schools Committee:
The first meeting of our Green Schools Committee took place on Friday, 16th November. At this meeting we discussed what it means to be a Green School. We recapped each of the four themes that we previously explored and had a discussion about what the term biodiversity means. At this meeting we assigned roles for the various committee members. These were as follows:
- Secretary (5th class representative)
- Litter and Waste Officers (4th class representatives)
- Energy Officers (1st class representatives)
- Water Officers (3rd class representatives)
- Travel Officers (2nd class representatives)
- Biodiversity Officers (6th class representatives but will be assisted by our 5th class representative)
- Reporters – Five children were given the job of reporting back to the Junior and Senior Infant classes after our committee meeting. It was decided to rotate this job at each committee meeting.
Our second Committee meeting took place on Friday, 30th November. At this meeting we focused on litter and waste. Our committee came up with numerous different ways that we can help to cut back on the amount of waste that is being produced by the school and countless suggestions were given for dealing with the ever increasing litter problem within the school. We decided to look at recycling and it was suggested that we identify the different materials that are provided by Glanmore foods for our school lunches. We will draw up a list of the items that can and cannot be recycled in the Green Bin and this will be provided to each classroom to help us remember what belongs in which bin.
We are very happy to have two parents join our committee and we have already had some interest from other parents. If any other parents would like to get involved they can speak to Mr. Glynn our Green Schools Coordinator or Ms. Clarke our HSCL teacher. Our next meeting of the Green Schools Committee will take place on Thursday, 13th December in Mr. Glynn’s classroom at 11:40am.
What is Green Schools?
Green Schools is known internationally as Eco-Schools. It is an environmental management and education programme for schools. It’s aim is to promote long-term, whole school action for the environment. Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and coordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland).
Say tuned for more updates.
Make sure to speak to Mr. Glynn if you have any ideas or suggestions for the Green Schools Committee.