The Green-Schools Programme is an international environmental programme designed to teach good habits to children and parents about the environment. It is a partnership between An Taisce, the local authority and the school.
The driving force of this project is the Green-Schools committee which is made up of two pupils from 2nd – 6th Class, led by Ms. Perrott. The committee meet once a month to discuss Green-Schools issues and to implement initiatives.
6th Class: Charlotte and Shane
5th Class: Thomas and Irish
4th Class: Laragh and Zach
3rd Class: Sam and Jack
On the 5th October 2017, the committee organised a travel action day to promote and increase the number of pupils walking, cycling, scooting, park ‘n’ stride or carpooling to school. The morning started off with the relaunch of the walking bus from Killiney Hill. There was a fantastic turnout with over 50 children taking part. Our new travel officer, Ally Menary came along for the walk too.
A funky feet competition was held where everyone was encouraged to wear funky footwear.
Orlaith Maguire from the Road Safety Authority gave presentations to each class which were excellent and tailored to the level of each audience from Junior Infants to 6th Class. The pupils were given audio-visual displays to reinforce the safety messages which covered pedestrians, wearing safety belts, wearing high visibility clothing and obeying the rules of the road.
Click on the link for information on travelling to school safely
GKNS has been part of the Green School Programme for a number of years resulting in three Green-Flag awards for the school. This year we are working towards our fourth flag – the travel flag. The aim of this flag is to encourage pupils, parents and teachers to walk, cycle, scoot, use public transport or carpool, instead of using the private car on the school run.
Well done to Mark Maybury in 4th Class who won the slogan competition. Keep a lookout for his slogan around the school!
If school’s not far then don’t use the car!
A walkability audit is an audit of the pedestrian routes to school. This involves walking the routes and making note of what is good or bad about a particular area such as path surfaces, poor lighting and unsafe crossings. In January, the Green-Schools committee conducted a walkability audit with our travel officer.
Click here to view our audit report
Christmas Walking Bus
There was an excellent turnout for our Christmas themed walking bus.
Action Planning Workshop
In November, our travel officer did an action planning session with the committee. They came up with some fantastic ideas to encourage more people to come to school in a “green way”.
We examined the results of the travel surveys that were carried out in October. The results show that 74% of children travel to school by car, 20% of children walk to school, 1% cycle to school and 5% park and stride. The results can be seen on our noticeboard.
Walking Bus Launch
On 20th October, we were delighted to welcome Camilla Tunney from DLRCoCo Green-Schools to officially launch the walking bus. There was a fantastic turnout with over 60 people taking part. Everyone wore their Maths Hats that they made during Maths Week.