STUDENTS AT Swords Educate Together National School have continued on their journey of increasing environmental awareness, resulting in the second Green Flag being awarded to the school.
Fingal County Council's Green Schools coordinator Trish Kennedy dropped down to the school last Friday to raise the flag, which was awarded for the theme of energy. The Green Team, the children and community of SETNS worked extremely hard to achieve this flag. The children of Swords Educate Together used the Green Code - Save Energy Today Never Stop to remind them of all the things that can be turned off when not in use. The Green Team had a Standby Energy/Energy Vampire Hunt last Halloween where they went from classroom to classroom looking for devices that use energy and devices left on standby showing a red light. Standby power is wasted energy and electrical devices left plugged in or on standby are called energy vampires as they are slowly sucking energy from the main supply source. Children in the whole school were then encouraged to switch off energy vampires in their homes and tell all their family and friends to also 'switch off '. The Power of One was another slogan that grabbed the attention of the school community in the form of an art competition where overall winners were awarded prizes at our whole school Action Day. The school newsletter and website were used to inform and involve the whole school community in the Swords and throughout the North Dublin area. One parent reported to the Green Team coordinator Bronagh Dillon that her daughter was perhaps a little too enthusiastic about switching off the light saying that they were practically in the dark and found the fridge light very handy in the kitchen. Another family had a ' no electric lights' hour every Saturday where they used candles to light their home. Green School has been wonderfully successful in SETNS and we are working very hard to achieve our third Green Flag - theme Water. The Green Schools programme 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.