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Green Schools


The first meeting of the Green Schools Committee was held on 29th January 2013.

The committee is made up of 6 student members, 2 parents, Miss Tully (Green Schools Co-ordinator), Marie (Secretary) and Mrs Beamish (Principal).

Miss Tully gave an overview of the 7 steps which need to be implemented to gain the Green Schools Flag.

Student committee members reported on the litter survey carried out with Miss Tully. It was very obvious that the occurance of litter was most prominent in the front and side playground areas. This litter was mainly made up of chewing gum, cigarette butts and sweet wrappers (none of which are allowed at school!) It was noted that others, who have access to the school and playground, are contributing to the litter problem in our school.

Decisions made at the meeting
1) to focus attention on the front and side playground areas
2) to review outside litter every week and inside litter every 2 weeks
3) to put a 'No Litter' sign near the entrance gate for the attention of visitors to the school
4) to put a 'Please Use The Bin' sign on our school refuse bin
5) to display anti-litter posters (created by senior room pupils) around the school, in the entrance hall, on the hall noticeboard
6) to make parents aware of what we are doing via a school newsletter and via the school website
7) to send a flier to all hall users requesting their support
8) to repeat the litter survey around Easter time and again before the summer holidays
9) for Miss Tully and the student committee members to meet weekly
10) for the full committee to meet on a regular basis
11) to invite a member of Bantry Tidy Towns Committee to speak to the pupils

We continue to raise awareness of litter in our school. Our most recent venture was to hold a competition for 3rd to 6th Class pupils to design an anti-litter poster. Pupils in Infants to 2nd Class completed a colouring competition with an anti-littering theme.

The pupils became more aware of the many problems that litter creates from their work on this project. We have also decided to display the work of each child around the school in the hope that parents and visitors to the school will also be mindful of our efforts to be a Green School.

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