Caherline National School is a ‘Green School’. This means that we promote looking after our environment among all pupils. We have achieved all of the five Green flags in the categories of Litter and Waste, Energy, Water, Travel and Biodiversity.
Litter and Waste: The school was awarded its first flag for its work in the theme of ‘Litter and Waste’ in May 2006. Through this theme, we developed a sense of personal pride and responsibility in tackling two visible issues in schools and communities. The aim of this theme is to take an in depth look at both litter and waste and find ways to eliminate litter and reduce waste output.
Energy: Our second flag was earned through the theme of ‘Energy’ in May 2008. Through this theme, we learned about the importance of conserving energy in our school and came up with practical ways to conserve energy in our school.
Water: In May 2010, we were awarded our third Green Flag under the theme of ‘Water’. This theme will us to develop an awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in schools.
Travel and Biodiversity: In May 2016, we were awarded our 4th for flag for ‘Travel’ and our 5th flag was for ‘Biodiversity’. Through the theme of “Travel” we increased the number of students walking, cycling, scooting, using public transport or carpooling to school. Through the theme of “Biodiversity”, we learned about native plants, animals and habitats in our locality.
Our Greens school committee are currently engaged and working on the next section of the Green school’s initiative of Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste. This theme enables schools to discover how work on Green-Schools has positively influenced our global community.
In our school we recycle as much as we can in school and request your help in keeping our school litter-free. As part of this campaign and to help with recycling, it would be helpful if children did not bring sandwiches etc., wrapped in tin foil or cling film. A sealed lunchbox is sufficient. Food can also be wrapped in greaseproof paper or paper lunch bags. Dilute drinks, water, milk or juices can be put into a plastic container, which can be re-used each day. Children must bring home all leftovers from their lunch, including wrappings.