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: Maddy and Callum
5th Class: Éabha and Luke
4th Class: Andrew and Aoibhe
3rd Class: James and Alice
2nd Class: Polly and Luke
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.
Travel Slogan Competition
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.