Green Flag

“Slow the Flow, Save H2O”

In St. Andrew’s National School we are working towards our ‘Water Flag’, having previously been awarded both the ‘Energy’ and ‘Litter and Waste’ Green flags.

We have a very active Green Schools Committee and been working hard on the water theme over the past 2 years.

Green-Schools Committee

  • Our Green-Schools Committee is made up of 10 pupils. One from each class from 2nd class up to 6th class.
  • We meet every Monday at 1:50pm
  • The children all have different roles on the Committee such as litter wardens, water wardens/leak detectives, Energy Wardens.
  • The committee promises to make sure all 7 steps of the programme are achieved; take responsibility and share ideas for our water theme; and make sure the views of all pupils in the school are listened to and that actions will be taken where possible.  

 

Environmental Review: Calculate water usage in the school

  • We are very lucky to have a rain-water harvester installed in the roof of our school building. This water is used for toilet cisterns in the school which saves water.
  • The 6th Class pupils on our committee – along with the help of Mrs. Sweetnam have been reading the school’s water meter.
  • We have also collected the water bills so that we can see how much water the school uses.
  • The committee completed a water audit of all of the Water usage points in the school

 

Action Plan

  • We have come up with an action plan for 2023/2024 to cut our water usage. The committee will also continue to implement actions to save energy and reduce, reuse and recycle our waste.

 

Action

Who will do it?

How Long will it take?

 

Set up a new Green School Committee

Ms. Crawford

September

Achieved

10% Reduction in our Water Usage

Ms. Crawford & Green Schools Committee

Ongoing

Achieved

‘Clean Coasts’ Clean up around The Weir in Lucan village and Survey Rubbish

Both 5th Classes and Mrs. Sweetnam

September

Achievedeved

Put Water Saving Devices in the toilet Cisterns

Mrs.Sweetnam and 5th/6th Class Committee Members

October

Achieved

Ask the whole school to start bringing in their re-usable cloths to dry hands

Ms. Crawford

October

Reminders at Assemblies

Achieved

Set up Light/Energy Monitors for each class to ensure lights and boards are turned off at breaks.

All Teachers

Ongoing

 

 

Set up Green School Notice Board

Committee Members and Ms. Crawford

October

Achieved

Make posters for the hand towel dispensers to remind children to use their own. Make posters to remind children to turn off taps.

Committee Members

December

Achieved

Leak Detectors/ dripping tap checks in Classrooms

Committee Members

December/Fortnightly

Achieved

Water usage survey to see if children turn off the tap when they wash their hands & brush their teeth.

Committee Members

December

Achieved

Picker Pals

Both 2nd Classes and Mrs. Walsh/Ms. Power

December – June

Achieved

Green School Section in our School Aladdin Weekly Newsletter

Ms. Bailey

Ongoing

 

Green School Updates for Whole School Community on Class Dojo

Ms. Crawford

Ongoing

 

Reduce Paper Hand Towel Weekly Competition

Green School Committee and Whole School

Ongoing

 

‘Quiz Time’ Water Saving ‘Uisce Éireann’ video to 1st – 4th Class and Quiz based on the video

Ms. Crawford,

February

Achieved

The Story of Water ‘Conservation’ – 5th & 6th Class Video and Quiz based on the video

Ms. Crawford

February

Achieved

Water Workshop with Green Schools Ireland in Pearse St. Library

5th/6th Class Committee members and Mrs. Sweetnam

January

Achieved

Think Before you flush awareness Assembly. What to flush Experiment & TBYF Videos to watch for all classes

Green School Committee & Whole School

February

Achieved

Posters for Toilets to remind about 3 P’s and our Rainwater Harvestor

5th Class

March

Achieved

Water Action Day/Assembly & Mini Walk for Water

Green School Committee, Ms. Crawford & 6th Class

February

Achieved

Water Action Day Experiments

Green School Committee and 6th Class

February

Achieved

Our Water from Cloud to Glass Video to Assembly and questions based on the video

Emmett from 5th Class Committee Member

February

Achieved

Poster Competition and display winners

Green School Committee & Whole School

March

Achieved

Slogan Competition

Green School Committee & Whole School

March

Achieved

Water usage survey – Check how many children are bringing re-usable bottles, turning off taps for teeth/hand-washing and bringing in their own hand-towel

Mrs. Harper’s 5th Class

March

Achieved

 

 

 

Make water Saving tips to send to Parents and for Website

 

6th Class

March

Achieved

Each Class to complete water based lessons and activities

All Classes

March

Achieved

National Tree Week – Plant a tree and flowers.

Ms. Crawford/ Mrs. Sweetnam and Committee

March

Achieved

Application for Water Flag Deadline

Ms. Crawford

15th March 2024

 

Visit to Leixlip Water Treatment Plant Facility

Mrs. Harper/ Ms. Dowd’s 5th Class

April

 

Take Part in ‘The National Spring Clean’ Link with Tidy Towns – Clean the Weir and around the school/village.

Both 5th Classes and Mrs.Harper/Ms.Sweetnam/Ms.Crawford

 

April

 

Set up the Rainwater Harvester, Raised Beds and school garden after building works completed

Mrs.Harper & 5th Class

May

 

Set up a School Compost Bin

Mrs. Sweetnam and 6th Class

May

 

 

Our Water Action ‘Turn it Off Day’

 We planned an action packed ‘Turn it Off’ Day for the whole school and everyone dressed in Blue that day.

The Green School Committee with help from a few extra children presented an assembly to the school based on saving water. They acted out some little scenes to demonstrate how we can save water. We showed the video ‘Our water from Cloud to Glass’ to the whole school. Emmett one of our committee members asked some questions after the video. We then all joined together to sing our water-themed song, ‘Turn it Off’, which we made up to the tune of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’.

After the assembly 6th Class and some of our Committee members set up lots of experiments in the hall and a mini ‘Walk for Water’. Each class had a time slot to visit the hall.

The winners of our ‘Save Water’ poster competition: