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Welcome to our March E-zine!

Summer has arrived and Green-Schools are in full swing around the country! This month we saw Green-Schools take part in local and national St. Patricks Parades. Schools also got involved in the Low Water Lunch Day that was run by An Taisce on the 22nd March to celebrate World Water Day 2012. The Green-Schools office has been busier than ever this month as applications for the renewal of the Green Flag arrive to be processed. We have also received over 1800 entries for the Travel Competition! We have a number of events to look forward to over the next few months including the Green-Schools Awards Ceremonies, National Spring Clean, Walk to School Week and National Bike Week. So be sure to keep an eye on our website for all the details and remember to check out our news blog, and follow us on Twitter and Flickr


St. Patricks Day Turns Even Greener!


St. Patricks Day festivals around the country were turned even greener this year as Green-Schools took part in their local parades. Teachers, students and parents wore costumes, designed floats, created banners and carried balloons, all to help spread the message of Green-Schools to their local communities! Green-Schools were also part of the national parade in Dublin City, where students decorated their bikes to cycle with the parade while flying the Green Flag! See pictures of Green-Schools celebrating St. Patricks Day here!


Renewal Application Deadline - 30th March


The deadline for receipt of renewal applications is Friday, March 30th, 2012. Remember that your school must have a Renewal Visit before you submit your application. You can find out details of the Renewal Application Procedure here or by contacting us at greenschools@antaisce.org. More>>



 
Low Water Lunch Day 2012

Low Water Lunch Day 2012!


Water and Food Security was the theme for International World Water Day 2012 which was held on the 22nd March 2012. To celebrate, Green-Schools organised a Low Water Lunch Day in order to raise awareness on how much water we consume in our everyday food. As well as Low Water Lunches, Green-schools around the country took part in a range of amazing activities focused on raising awareness about how we can conserve water including: river walks, duck races, art competitions, songs and poems; experiments; and quizzes, to name a few! Well done to all the schools who took part in World Water Day 2012! We are already looking forward to next year!
Check out some great pictures from the day here! 

 
Larkin CC Green Flag Launch

Larkin Launch Green Flag!


Larkin Community College celebrated the achievement of their first Green Flag on 21st March 2012. The day was a great success and a credit to the Green-Schools committee and their coordinator Mary Conway. The committee took to the assembly stage to talk about all of the fantastic goals that have been achieved by the college as part of their Green-Schools programme. The day was attended by Joe Costello, TD Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jacinta Stewart, CEO of CDVEC, Mary McDermott, Adult Literacy, 4th class from Central Modal Senior School, representatives from Trinity College Environmental Group, Clare Egan, DCC, Ali Sheridan, An Taisce, and representatives from Klee, Greyhound Recycling and EcoNatural.
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Jane Hackett

Meet the Team!



Jane Hackett has been working for the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce for over 6 years. Here she tells us about working for the Green-Schools programme: I started out as an Education Officer on the pilot project of the travel theme and was made National Manager of the Travel theme in 2008. Since then we have rolled out the theme nationwide and have over 26 people working on the programme. It is a diverse and interesting role which involves working at a strategic level to promote sustainable travel to school, however the best part of the job is seeing how creative schools are when it comes to promoting walking & cycling – the schools are fantastic and as a result the travel theme is a huge success. More>>
Limerick School win RSA Award!

Limerick School Wins RSA Award!


Scoil Chaitriona, Cappamore - one of Limericks top Green-Schools recently scooped top prize in the RSA Seatbelt Sheriffs competition with their winning slogan ‘Don’t be a Casper, be a fastner’. The awards ceremony which was held in Dublin Castle on 13th March and was attended by Mr Alan Kelly TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with Responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport who commended the children for their creativity and commitment to road safety. This was a huge event for the school and part of their prize was a visit to Dublin Zoo. Scoil Chaitriona was awarded their Green-Flag for Transport in 2010 and the theme has been going from strength to strength ever since. The RSA prize is the icing on the cake for their continued work on Travel.
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