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.
One of the key success factors of the Green-Schools programme is that it is a themed programme. That is, schools undertaking the programme work through the seven steps one theme at a time. The themes in sequence are:
- Litter & Waste
- Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste
- Global Citizenship – Energy
Therefore, for a school to be working on the energy theme they must have completed the seven steps for Litter & Waste and achieved their Green Flag. For a school to be working on Water they would have to have gone through the seven steps with Energy and renewed their Green Flag and so on.
Here in St. Attracta’s, we are currently working on our 6th Green Flag, having successfully completed work on all of the other themes. The achievement of 5 previous Green Flags is testament to the commitment and effort of our whole school community- students, teachers and parents.