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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.
Unlike a once-off project, it is a long-term programme that introduces participants (students, teachers, parents and the wider community) to
the concept of an environmental management system.

We here in Scoil Mhichil Naofa have been partaking in the international Green-Schools programme since September 2010.
We achieved our first flag for our excellence on the litter and waste theme in May 2012. Check out photos from our celebratory
day hoisting the flag in the galleries section of our website.We are currently busy working on the theme of Energy and hope to achieve this
flag during the Summer term 2014. We encourage the whole local community to get involved in conserving energy with us. We hold regular
meetings where we discuss new ideas and progress made, and report back to whole school community. To date we have completed surveys,
held school quiz, had our ‘Move on Monday ‘ walk to school and are currently busy making draught extinguishers ready for next Winter.
Keep an eye out here for our future exciting plans!
Louis, Aoife, Billy, Nonie, Amy, Sienna, Colman and Mrs Bergin.
Green Schools Committee Members.

As mentioned above Green Schools is a whole community effort so you too can help us save and reduce energy consumed:

Ways to save Energy in the home! (Save the Earth and Sae Money!)

  • Don’t leave the tv on standby, turn it off at the power button.

  • When it’s bright, turn off the lights.

  • When you’ve charged pour phone, plug it out. It only takes three hours to charge a phone, not over night!

  • Have a shower instead of a bath. It uses less hot water.

  • Keep doors and windows closed when its cold outside.

  • Close the curtains in cold weather to keep the heat in.

  • Recycle your cans, bottles and paper because it saves energy.

  • When it’s dry outside use the sun and wind to dry your clothes instead of a tumble dryer.

  • Only boil as much water as you need.

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs (CFLS), they use a lot less electricity and last 10 times longer.

  • Insulate your attic and save up to 20% on your heating bills.

  • Draught proof the doors and windows of a house.

  • Use thermostat controls on the radiators so that you can increase or lower the temperature!

Design a wind- turbine  competition

Well done to all who entered our recent ‘Design and Build a Wind turbine’ competition.
The standard of all entries was very high and this was acknowledged and applauded by
our judge, Miss Bernadette Moloney, Environmental awareness officer, Kilkenny County
Council. Thanks to Ms Moloney for judging! Congratulations to our winners, Katie Bergin
and Rachel Nicholson whose entry was chosen because of their use of recyclable materials
and because of the engineering viability of their turbine. Huge thanks to all who entered and
please take time to check out some of the pictures below. the winners received a €15 book voucher each.

Green School Action Day 2014

On Thursday March 6th,as our Action Day for Green Schools Energy theme, students from 1st-6th class went to visit the local
wind farm in Moyne Co Tipperary. This visit was very informative and interesting. We learned loads about wind energy and got to go
inside the base of a turbine. Many thanks to Richard Daly, farm owner and to PJ Graham and his colleague
Niall from Bord Gais for their help in organising this trip.

May 19th. Great news we have received our 2nd Green Flag. Huge congratulations to Mrs Bergin and her Green Schools Committee
on a well deserved award and its due recognition for all their hard work throughout the 2 year process of accreditation. Our flag will be raised after mass in the local church
on Wednesday June 11th. Take some time to browse the pictures of the welcom home Mrs Bergin and  her committee received on their return to the school


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