Green Schools

At St. Michael’s N.S., we are working hard to achieve our fifth Green Flag. The fifth flag is Biodiversity. The overall aim of the Biodiversity theme is for schools to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity and for students and staff to come up with ways to help biodiversity.

We are very proud to have earned 4 Green Flags. The flags we’ve earned to date are in the following areas

Litter &Waste – Reduce , Reuse, Recycle
Energy – Conserving Energy
Water – Water Conservation​
Transport – promoting sustainable Transport Modes.

2023-2024
Green Schools Committee



STEP ONE: GREEN SCHOOLS COMMITTEE

The following children were elected to the Biodiversity committee in September 2023:

1st/2nd class: Cora Cosgrave
3rd class: Ellie Doherty, Annalivia Santos, Tulisa Joyce, Eve Doyle
4th class: Anna Doherty,
5th class: Rían Finnegan, Luke Salley, Jack Conlon, John Joyce,
6th class: Jim Hayes, Killian Maher, Hannah Salley

We meet on a weekly basis.

STEP TWO: ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW (SURVEY)
The pupils from 1st-6th class filled out a biodiversity awareness survey. Check out the results below.
Year One

Year Two

This is our habitat map. It is changing all of the time. It is displayed on our green schools notice board so it is accessible at all times. Pupils report to the green schools committee any time they see any insects, birds or animals and they are added to the map.

STEP THREE: ACTION PLAN

STEP FOUR: MONITORING AND EVALUATING

STEP FIVE: CURRICULUM WORK

STEP SIX INFORMING AND INVOLVING
Action Day

STEP SEVEN: GREEN CODE

WORK OF GREEN SCHOOLS COMMITTEE

Biodiversity 2022/2023 Year One

We are currently in a 2 year cycle of activities to obtain our next Green School Flag: Biodiversity.
Our ultimate aim is to make students, parents and teachers aware of the importance of biodiversity in our world.

The meaning of “biodiversity” is easy to understand when we break the word down “bio” refers to life and “living things” and “diversity” means range or variety. The word refers to the huge variety and variation of life that surrounds us on planet earth. Maintaining a high level of diversity among plants, animals and all living things around us is essential in keeping the environment healthy and fit for human life. This includes diversity within species, between species and diversity of ecosystems.

This year we are getting started with the seven steps of the programme
(Step 1) We have elected our hardworking Green schools committee.
(Step 2) We assessed our starting point by conducting and Environmental review. We did this by (1) carrying out Awareness surveys with staff, students and our school community and (2) we created a Habitat map of our school grounds. We then made displays to show our school community what we learned.

By measuring what our school community knows and what species and habitats are present on our campus we can now start to think up ways to raise awareness about biodiversity and to encourage species- richness in and around our school. We will come up with ideas and ideas and actions and write them down as an Action plan (Step 3). Our action plan will state what our targets are and how we are going to achieve them. It is important that we plan from the beginning how we will measure the success of our biodiversity plan

Monitoring and evaluating (Step 4) Improvements in our school will be done by repeating the Awareness surveys

Green Schools Committee 2022/2023

Our Green Schools Committee is a collection of students from 1st -6th class (Ellen Doherty, Esmée Dempsey, Eve Cosgrave, Kyla Coperthwaite, Anna Doherty, Rían Finnegan, Méabh Regan, Jessica Tuohy-Doherty and Chloe McGovern) and teachers (Mr. Mc Millian and Ms.Cross). The Committee works together to make our school a cleaner, greener and more environmentally friendly space for staff and students.

The students continue to work hard maintaining our four Green school flags; Litter and Waste, Water, Energy and Travel.

​Our reps practice, promote and monitor these initiatives within our school community to ensure we are as environmentally friendly as possible.