There are now 100 Roscommon schools participating in the Green Schools programme, 94 of which have Green Flags.
Roscommon County Council supports all participating Green Schools through school visits, workshops, teacher information evenings and competitions.
The Council's Environmental Awareness Officer liaises with schools on an on-going basis, gives talks to students and assists them in getting the Green Schools programme started. For further information, contact the Environmental Awareness Officer at 090-6637100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.greenschoolsireland.org
Green Schools Themes
The Green Flag is a progressive and continuous environmental programme designed for schools, at both primary and secondary level. The programme works on themes, each of which take approx 2 years to adopt.
When you decide to become involved in Green Schools your first task is to register. You register online @ www.greenschoolsireland.org
The Application Procedure
The application process is different for new schools and renewal schools.
Application forms are downloaded online and completed by the Green Schools Co-Ordinator and sent to An Taisce. Please ensure you download and complete the correct application form as there is a specific form for each theme.
The programme should have been running in the school for a minimum of 6 months before you can apply for your flag. And while you do not have to have all tasks on your action plan completed, you must demonstrate that the action plan, review, green code etc, are in place.
The procedure for assessing your school is as follows:
Schools send in initial application
The An Taisce Green-Schools office review application and make recommendations
School implements recommendations and sends report to An Taisce
Assessor visits the school (An Taisce will contact the Environmental Awareness Officer to inform them that the school is ready for assessment and the Environmental Awareness Officer will contact the school to arrange a date for assessment)
Green-Schools evaluation committee make the decision to award the Green-Flag.
A renewal visit takes places during the second year of your Green-Schools programme. Typically, the visit is completed before you submit your renewal application form.
Renewal visits are carried out either by your Local Authority Environmental Awareness Officer or by An Taisce staff.
Renewal Visit before you submit your Application for the Renewal of the Green Flag.
Please contact the Environmental Awareness Officer to book your renewal assessment and please book early as dates fill up quickly.
Flags are normally awarded at a ceremony in May of each year. An Taisce will send a letter to successful applicants inviting them to the ceremony.