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When we submitted our application form to An Taisce, we had to include our Action Plan as part of our application.  Below is our Action which began with the formation of our committee in October 1998.  The plan covers 

Litter and waste

Environmental issues

1998-2000

Litter and Waste

Action

Personnel

Timing

Comments

Form Committee

3-6 Classes

Oct. 98

Elections held in classes 3-6. Six children on committee

Observe and record for one week the amount of waste

6th class

Dec. 98

Five days and the findings recorded and graphed

Inform school and Parents

Committee

Dec. 98

ongoing

Classes were informed by the committee and Parents by notes

Trash Free Lunch day

Whole school

Dec. 98

Encourage use of flasks etc. Lunches with minimum of packaging. Official launch with classes given marks.

Make school grounds litter free

Whole school

Nov 98

ongoing

Encourage all children to use bins for their rubbish / litter

Provide extra bins where required

Principal

January 99

Additional bins bought for classrooms

and yard

Ringo project

5th class

Nov. 98

ongoing

Plastic rings from can holders collected and sent away for recycling

Litter wardens

4th class

Jan. 99

Children wear green bibs and use litter pickers during break times

Green School section on school website

6th class

 

Feb. 99

Our green school section was added in Feb. 99 and has had one update so far.

Guestbook signed as a result of visits.

Make contact with Green schools on the internet

6th class

ongoing

We were the first Irish school featured on the green Schools site

Paper Logs

6th class

March 99

ongoing

47 logs made during first year, which were then brought home by the 6th class pupils at end of the year.

Art and Crafts

Whole school

Ongoing

Use of paper, waste materials e.g. litter robot, city square Easter competition, paper fruit etc.

Cans for recycling

Whole school and community

 

Sept. 97

In addition to cans used in school children bring cans from home. We also collect cans from some of the pubs in the village

Compost

(a )Grass cuttings

6th Class and caretaker

 

Mar. 99 

Leaves, fruit, skins etc. added to compost

(b)Left-over lunches etc.

Classes 1-6

Jan. 99

Used a large plastic bin with a lid and drilled holes in it. Not successful

Ban crisps

All classes

Dec. 98

Cut down significantly on wrapping also encouraged a healthier lunch

Seek sponsorship

Committee

ongoing

Sponsorship was received for the first log press and the second log press was given as a gift. Local factory sponsored one flowerbed

Encourage use of flasks and lunchboxes

All classes

Dec. 98

This is included on our Book List each year. Has helped cut down on amount of waste in class bins

Encourage use of flasks and lunchboxes

All classes

Sept 99

Due to the failure of food composting unfinished lunches are brought home in lunchboxes

Litter, Waste and Environmental Issues

Action

Personnel

Timing

Comments

Eco Code

Classes 1-6

Sept. 99

All classes gave their suggestions and from these our code was written. It is displayed in all classrooms and corridors

Divide school into zones

Class 6 and Committee

March 99

Two pupils drew a plan of school grounds and each class was given an area to keep tidy and litter free

Monitor Lights

Classes 1-6

Oct. 99

Ensure all lights are turned off in classrooms at break times.

National Spring Clean up

Classes 5,6

Spring 99

General tidy up in the vicinity of the school and park

Environmental Issues

Tree Planting

All classes

Spring 97

onwards  

All classes planted a tree each in the front to begin our school garden

Shrubs

All classes

Summer 97

onwards 

Shrubs were planted in the front garden as a beginning

Tree Planting

Classes 5,6

Spring 98

Side and back gardens were tackled

Mainly sycamore and beech

Shrubs

Classes 5,6

Spring 98 

Side and back gardens were tackled

 

Tree Planting

Sennnnnnnnn

Autumn 99

A parent has offered some poplar trees which would be suitable for the back garden

Planting Bulbs

Junior and Senior Infants

Sept. 98

Sept. 99  

Spring bulbs were planted by these two infant classes

Planting Seeds

6th class

Oct.99

Milk cartons used to plant sycamore and horse chestnuts in class

Digging new flower beds

Classes 5,6

Oct. 99

These were dug in the back garden, some beds in the front were extended

Tidy sheds

6th class

Oct. 99

One shed which had been inaccessible was tidied as storage area for cans and possibly paper

Observe environmental days

All classes

ongoing

National Tree week and Energy conservation week to be observed and brought to the attention of the children

Invite guest speakers to the school

All classes

ongoing

Ms. V. Dool, Mr N. Knox and ms A. Murphy were invited to the school to speak to the classes about environmental issues

Collecting Christmas cards

All classes

Jan. 2000

Boots chemists are now open in Waterford and last year ran a collection point for cards

Produce Environmental newsletter

 

Classes 4-6

 

Spring 2000

Articles on our activities and wider issues of importance to be featured

 

Playground Games

 

Committee

 

Spring 2000

To further enhance the appearance of the grounds games to be painted on the yard for the children

Recycle ink cartridges Classes and PC owners Dec.1999

Previously thrown out and can now be collected and recycled

 

Photocopy on both sides of page

All teachers

Dec.98

Helps reduce waste further

Have completed or implemented these tasks  

E mail received from Eco-Schools on 23 March 1999 16:23

Dear Michael,

Just a very short message to inform you that Portlawns is now on the new
schools link page, accessable through the Irish Eco-Schools page, on the
European Eco-Schools site ( http://www.eco-schools.org ).  It is the first
Irish Green School to be on, congratulations.  Please make a link to the
above website for your visitors to see the European network of Eco-Schools.

Regards,

Sergio

__________________________________
Sergio T. Santos,
European Co-ordinator for Eco-Schools

FEEE - Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe
European Secretariat - The Tidy Britain Group
Elizabeth House,
The Pier, Wigan WN3 4EX
United Kingdom

Tel:  +44 1942 824 620
Fax:  +44 1942 824 778

http://www.feee.org

 

 

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