Let’s make Powerstown Educate Together a Green 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.
The aim of Green-Schools is to increase students’ and participant awareness of environmental issues through classroom studies and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school and also in the wider community. Schools that have successfully completed all the elements of the programme are awarded the ‘Green Flag’.
This award has now become a well-recognised Eco-Label. Most young people care deeply about environmental issues, and wish to make a positive change in the environment around them. The Green School Programme provides an ideal way for fostering environmental awareness in the entire school and aims to make it an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the school.
The Green Schools Committee in here Powerstown E.T.N.S. is made up of children from each class, volunteers from the staff and parents. The aims of the Committee for this year are to set up a waste and litter management team to reduce, reuse and recycle, keeping our school green. The committee teaches responsibility for your environment, and how to be active stewards for environmental health and issues, linking in with the concept of environmental awareness in Geography, Science, Learn Together and S.P.H.E. subjects
This year our aim is to reduce litter and waste in our school and to increase awareness in these areas. The Green School Committee comes up with the ideas but the whole school work together to put these ideas into action. The Green School Committee hold meetings several times a month to discuss issues or how they can raise awareness within their school and community.
The committee and all the other children have been working incredibly hard this year to try and get their first Green Flag.
Each class have been recycling and composting and senior members of the Green School Committee empty the compost and paper recycling bins three times a week. Every Friday a pupil from each class is awarded the Green Pupil of the Week award. They can receive these awards for keeping their classroom tidy, reducing, reusing or recycling different materials.
Part of our Green School Programme in Powerstown Educate Together is to make the children responsible for taking care of their environment i.e. classroom, yard and field. Every child will get a chance to be on this ‘Green Committee’ to ensure that they all experience what is is like to take resposibility for their class and surroundings.
In doing this, the Green School Committee have an anti-litter action plan which incorporates reducing, re-using and recycling waste. In order to minimize waste in the school we would encourage the children to:
1. Use a lunchbox with a lid. Try to avoid clingfilm and aluminium foil. 2. Re-use plastic bottles for drinks. 3. Use reusable bags. Say ”NO” to plastic bags. 4. Use both sides of a sheet of paper and use paper from the scrap paper tray for pictures. 5. Use the compost bin for vegetable and fruit peelings. This is then empties twice a week by members on the Green Team to the main compost bin in the school garden.
Over the next few weeks we are going to start planting bulbs and vegetables in our school garden. We will use old containers to collect rainwater when the plants need to be watered and make birdfeeders for all the small birds during the cold winter months.
Jack and Jill Mobile Phone Appeal
We would like to ask for your support in a mobile phone recycling initiative whtich will provide our school with FREE ICT EQUIPMENT, while alos raising much needed funds for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.
We are targeting to collect 100 old phones (in any condition) and we feel this is cetrainly achievable as most households have a few old mobile phones in drawers, cupbaords etc. So please round them up. We have only 4 weeks to collect 100 phones. We would be grateful if you could hand them into the school as soon as possible.
Recycling in Powerstown E.T.N.S.
Our school has several recyling facilites so please recycle if you can!Our recycling point is just inside the front door near the office. You can recycle batteries, old mobile phones and printer cartridges. Once these are full and sent back the school can then receive computers, G.A.A. kits or money to go towards school resources so every little helps, thanks!