Shellybanks ETNS is dedicated to promoting the Green Schools initiative run by An Taisce. Green-Schools is an environmental education programme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment. One of the strands of the Educate Together Programme is Environmental Ethics and we are committed to incorporating this strand across the school curriculum. For more information see Green Schools.

The Green Schools is an initiative in the school which we work on every school year on a whole school level. The whole school is dedicated to making our school an environmentally friendly place to be. Each year a green school committee is set up. This committee is made up of representatives from each class in the school. The representatives are elected by their class members. They each share their ideas and why they would like to be a part of green schools and the class nominate their representative through a vote.

Over the years we have worked hard as a whole school to reduce our litter and waste by reusing and recycling as much as possible. The green schools work collaboratively with teachers and come up with many different initiatives and action days. We have held fashion shows where the children created items of clothing from recycled materials. We recycle materials and use them during Art lessons and we have introduced class awards for the Green Class of the week. The children have been central to this initiative and have created their own school slogan and logo.

The Green Schools committee have completed the following things:

  • Introduced composting into the school.
  • Collaborated with local tidy towns.
  • Litter picking.
  • Monitored waste and litter in the school.
  • Recycled materials fashion show
  • Recycled art lessons
  • Planting
  • Recycling in each class