Green-Schools is an international environmental education programme, offering a well-defined, controllable way for schools to take environmental issues from the curriculum and apply them to the day to day running of the school.
Riversdale Community College cares deeply about environmental issues, and so, in September 2010 we introduced the Green-Schools programme to Riversdale.
The first theme was Litter and Waste’. We are currently working on the Energy Theme.
As part of the ‘Green Schools Programme’ we have followed the 7 Steps as outlined by ‘An Taisce’. These include:
- Green School Committee
The Committee is made up pupils from1st Year to 6th Year, teachers, caretakers, cleaning staff and canteen managers.
The Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss new ideas and to ensure that targets set at previous meetings are being met.
- Environmental Review
The committee identified targets for action and improvement.
- Action Plan
The Committee has set targets to based on the theme been worked on.
- Monitoring & Evaluation
A sub committee and the T.Y. student activities monitor the achievement of these targets. The Committee meets on a regular basis to ensure targets are being met. Any issues that arise are addressed by the committee.
- Curriculum Work
Teachers integrate the themes into lessons.
- Informing & Involving
To raise awareness of our Green-Schools programme, a Green-Schools Awareness Month is organised by the committee. Activities such as art competitions, workshops and talks are arranged for students.
Wider School community is informed by newsletters or text massages.
A slogan is developed for each theme.