Scoil Bhríde was awarded its first Green Flag in May 2010 after two years of hard work from the Green School Committee under the direction of coordinator Ms. Sinead Fitzgerald. The Committee comprising of two children nominated by their peers from each class (second to sixth) ensured that the recycling of appropriate waste and litter became an everyday occurrence in Scoil Bhríde.  Activities and events such as a Recycled Crazy Hat competition, a Recycled Halloween Costume Parade and a spring cleaning day led to the litter and waste themed flag being awarded within two years. The first Green flag was raised on a beautiful summer’s day in June 2010 outside the old school building.

After the departure of Ms. Fitzgerald from Scoil Bhríde a new Green Schools Committee was formed in September 2010 under the direction of Ms Dwyer, Ms. Gallagher, Ms. Moynihan and Ms. Reynolds. In the hope of securing a second Green Flag based on the theme “Energy” the committee became committed to reducing energy consumption within the school.

In September 2011 the school community moved to its new premises and the quest was aided by the new environmentally friendly school building.

 “Private investigators” chosen from within the green school committee secretly checked classrooms during break times to ensure doors and windows were closed, lights were switched off and children were still maintaining the recycling of specific litter.

 An Action Day required teachers and children alike to use minimum electricity, switching off interactive whiteboards for one day  as the circular sky lights on the first floor provided classrooms with natural light instead of electric. As with the Litter and Waster theme, poster/ “Our Motto” competitions and surveys helped ensure that reducing energy consumption at school and at home became a priority for everyone. The result being that during this period Scoil Bhríde experienced a 60% reduction in electricity usage as shown by our Electricity Meter Reading Survey. This reduction was also reflected in the electricity bill.

Once again the flag was awarded within two years and the sun shone again in June 2012 when Johnny Doyle from the Kildare Football Team helped the children of Scoil Bhríde raise the second green flag in front of our new school.

Currently the Green School Committee aided by coordinators Ms. Behan, Ms. O Sullivan and Ms. S Molloy are working towards securing the third Green Flag themed “Water”. Initiatives are being employed to encourage the conserving of water at school and at home and already an impressive reduction has been recorded. The Grey Water System which is in use in Scoil Bhríde recycles rainwater which is then used in the toilet cisterns consequently helping to reduce the unnecessary consumption of water. Once again our environmentally friendly school building is helping the children of Scoil Bhríde achieve their next flag. As everyone realises, none of this would realistically be possible without the great advice and support of our School Caretaker, Mick Behan who works tirelessly for the betterment of the children, staff and the Environment.

Eimear Dwyer, Teacher, Scoil Bhríde, Kill.