Green Schools Programme in Firies National School

Firies National School has been involved in the Green Schools Initiative since 2001. Múinteoir Helen Barry is our Green Schools Coordinator. We are currently working on our 9th Green Flag – Global Citizenship Travel. The Green Schools Travel Officer, Angela Wall visited our school on 2nd March 2022 and we carried out a walkability audit around the school and village. We looked at signage, footpaths and lighting. Angela helped us to put a report together for Kerry County Council.

  • Litter and Waste (2004-2008)
  • Energy (2006-2008)
  • Water (2008-2010)
  • Travel (2010-2012)
  • Biodiversity (2012-1014)
  • Global Citizenship - Litter and Waste (2014-2016)
  • Global Citizenship - Energy (2016-2018)
  • Global Citizenship Marine (2018 - 2020)

  • Global Citizenship Travel (2020-2022)

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Green Schools Committee

Our wonderful Green Schools Committee 2023/2024

Environmental Review

At the beginning of a new theme each school must carry out an Environmental Review. This evaluates how much a school knows in relation the new theme. The same review is then carried out 2 years later to see the improvements that hopefully have been made. See reviews on graphs that the 6th Class made to show our results.

Action Plan

An Action Plan is formulated by the Green Schools Committee following the results. 2 Action Plans must be formulated for each of the 2 years that a school is taking part in the programme.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Even though a school may have achieved previous flags work must still continue on the previous themes.

Spring Clean

WOW - Walk on Wednesday

Curriculum Work

Whatever theme is being worked on, all classes must show they have linked the theme into their Curriculum work. Look at some of our fabulous pictures.

Informing and Involving

Parents are informed of our ongoing progress through e mails sent from the school. Occasionally we use the Parish/Mass Newsletter to inform the parish as to what is going on in the school e.g. Annual Spring Clean, Walk on Wednesday.

Green Code

With every theme that is being worked on by a school, they must also develop a slogan/a saying that goes with the theme. Our Green Code for 'Marine Environment' was developed by Niamh Ferris. 

Assessment for Green Schools

Our assessor for this years Green Schools is Green Schools Travel Officer Angela Wall. We look forward to continuing our work with Angela throughout the year. 

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