Since 2014, Gorey Central School has been taking part in the Green Schools initiative which is organised by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce. Green Schools is Ireland’s leading Environmental Management and Education programme for schools.The programme promotes long-term, whole-school action for the environment.
Gorey Central School has been awarded three Green School flags and are now on their way to getting their Travel Flag.
Our first flag was achieved for Litter and Waste, with a focus on litter and waste issues and encouraging a sense of responsibility.
Our second flag was awarded for Energy. This flag required the school to look at the steps which could be taken in order to reduce energy consumption and once again, encouraging a sense of responsibility.
Flags are obtained over a two year period and require a number of elements to be met before they are awarded. Pupils, Staff, parents and the wider Community work hard on achieving these elements, some of which include, establishing a Green Schools Committee with pupils, writing an Action Plan of work to be carried out during the two year period, maintaining a Green Schools Notice Board, creating slogans and having Assessment visits.
Before the Easter 2019 break we received the exciting news that we have been awarded our third Green Flag for Water. This was announced in assembly recently. Lilli Cooper and Isaac Hughes, from the Green Schools Committee, have been selected to attend an award ceremony in Kilkenny, where they will be presented with our new flag. We are looking forward to seeing it fly alongside our other flags very soon. Mrs Poole and Ms Cousins.