HATS OFF the pupils, staff and parents at Rush-Lusk Educate Together NS who have celebrated a remarkable achievement -- receiving its fourth Green Flag for environmental endeavour.
Mayor of Fingal Cian O'Callaghan visited the school to hoist the flag, awarded this year for the efforts at making school travel more sustainable. The hardwork and initiative resulted in an increase in the number of children who walk, cycle and park ' n stride to school rather than using the private car.
According to surveys of school travel patterns carried out by An Taisce over a two year period at the school, up to eleven per cent of children currently cycle or use flickers on the school journey, while the national average for children cycling to school stands at two per cent. Rush/Lusk Educate Together NS has also achieved over ten per cent decrease in car use on their journey to school in favour of healthier and greener modes of transport such as walking, park n'stride and use of public transport.
This was achieved through an awareness campaign in the school and practical workshops such as audits of the walking environment around the school and cycle skills training sessions. As part of the flag raising celebrations, pupils participated in a ' Green Machines' workshop, facilitated by An Taisce. In this workshop children learned about renewable sources of energy and designed their own ' Car of the Future', while also learning about the development of electric cars in Ireland.
There was also an ESB electric car present on the day and pupils were able to ask questions and see the e-car in action. Sandra Flavin, An Taisce Green-Schools Travel Education Officer, said: 'Rush/Lusk Educate Together NS has succeeded in extending their already Green ethos to the way journeys are made to their school. We are delighted to celebrate the achievement of their fourth Green Flag and we hope to use their ideas to inspire other schools in the Fingal area to make their school travel miles greener.'