We are currently in a 2 year cycle of activities to obtain our next Green School Flag: Biodiversity. Our ultimate aim is to make students, parents and teachers aware of the importance of biodiversity in our world. The meaning of “biodiversity'' is easy to understand when we break the word down “bio” refers to life and “living things'' and “diversity” means range or variety. The word refers to the huge variety and variation of life that surrounds us on planet earth. Maintaining a high level of diversity among plants, animals and all living things around us is essential in keeping the environment healthy and fit for human life. This includes diversity within species, between species and diversity of ecosystems.
This year we are getting started with the seven steps of the programme (Step 1) We have elected our hardworking Green schools committee. (Step 2) We assessed our starting point by conducting and Environmental review. We did this by (1) carrying out Awareness surveys with staff, students and our school community and (2) we created a Habitat map of our school grounds. We then made displays to show our school community what we learned.
By measuring what our school community knows and what species and habitats are present on our campus we can now start to think up ways to raise awareness about biodiversity and to encourage species- richness in and around our school. We will come up with ideas and ideas and actions and write them down as an Action plan (Step 3). Our action plan will state what our targets are and how we are going to achieve them. It is important that we plan from the beginning how we will measure the success of our biodiversity plan
Monitoring and evaluating (Step 4) Improvements in our school will be done by repeating the Awareness surveys
Green Schools Committee 2021
Our Green Schools Committee is a collection of students from 1st -6th class and teachers (Ms. Whitney, Ms. Doyle, Ms. Griffin, Ms. Entegart, Ms. Quinn, Ms.Bolger and Ms. Jordan). The Committee works together to make our school a cleaner, greener and more environmentally friendly space for staff and students. The students continue to work hard maintaining our four Green school flags; Litter and Waste, Water, Energy and Travel.
Our reps practice, promote and monitor these initiatives within our school community to ensure we are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Travel Flag 2020-2021
For the past two years our school has been working on the Travel Flag. The aim of this flag is to promote sustainable travel to and from school and to explore the impact that transport has on the environment. We have been trying our best to reduce our carbon footprint here at St. Luke' s.
Some of the things we have done so far include:
Cycle Skills workshop for 5th Class
Scooter Skill workshop for 3rd Class
A Walkability Audit of our Community with our Travel Officer
Walk On Wednesday held on 25th November 2020. Over 600 children used a sustainable method of transport on this day. It was a great success!
N02 monitors installed in the car park and school yard.
New scooter parking and bike parking installed at the front of the school.
A school wide poetry competition to find our new Travel Code was held in December 2020. Stella Reece Okic from Mr. Molloy's fourth class had the winning entry. You can see her poem displayed at the school gates. Well done Stella!
A survey taken in December 2020 found that an average of 60% of our students use a sustainable method of travel when coming to school such as walking, cycling, scooting or taking the bus.
40% are using a car. We encourage children to walk from LIDL or carpool with a neighbour to reduce the amount of cars of the road.
We have a lot done but we still have more to do!! Let's all work together to get the travel flag.
Promoting Green Schools in our classrooms 2020-2021
St. Luke's and Green Schools
Saint Luke's National school has been participating in the Green Schools initiative for the past eight years. Through the combined effort of teachers and pupils Saint Luke's has won three Green Schools flags to date, one for recycling, one for energy conservation and one for water conservation.
Saint Luke's is currently working towards its fourth Green Schools flag for travel. In order to win this flag Saint Luke's must increase the number of students walking, cycling, scooting, using public transport or carpooling on the way to school.
What is Green Schools?
Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.
Eco-Schools is operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) whose main partners include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).