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St Beacons National School, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny

Green Schools


The Green Schools programme is “an international environmental education programme and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole-school action for the environment”.

The Green Schools programme has been running in our school for the past fourteen years. It is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools. Promoting long-term, whole school action for the environment Green Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community.

Each year our Green School Committee is selected to lead the programme in the school. We have very enthusiastic students and teachers who put great work into the programme.

To date our school has achieved an amazing six Green-Schools flags for the following themes:

  • Litter and Waste
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Travel
  • Biodiversity
  • Global Citizenship

Each theme runs for two years. To complete this seven-step programme we have carried out a wide variety of activities and actions such as:

  • Walk on Wednesday
  • Spring Cleans
  • Low Energy Days
  • Swap Shops
  • Shoe Box Appeal
  • Climate Action Week
  • Travel Surveys
  • Art Competitions

Our next time for 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year will be Global Citizenship and Energy

Green Schools

Our theme for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic years is ‘Global Citizenship’ and ‘Energy’. Our Green Schools Committee was elected in January, and they have already been very busy at work running a poster & slogan competition, completing a whole school energy audit and a global awareness survey. The next steps are to examine the information we have collected and compile a list of ways which we can conserve more energy across the whole school.

There is much more to come so keep an eye on our website for updates

Don’t forget that you can continue to save energy at home. Here are some tips;


  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Close windows to keep in the heat
  • Only boil the amount of water you need
  • Plug out appliances when they’re not needed
  • Turn television off fully, don’t just leave it on standby

Miss Glancy has co-ordinated our Green Schools for many years

Miss Glendon will assist Ms Glancy on our Green Schools for the school year 2023-24.

Green Schools Committee 2023-24

1st Class    Grace Walsh, Lauren Butler

2nd Class   Aisling Barnes, Hollie Hannan

3rd Class   Evie Wall, Ronan Duffy

4th Class   Lana Kelly, Patrick Raftice

5th Class   Daisy Bland, Thomas Maddock

6th Class   Síle Butler, Jack Maher


27th Apr 2024
Mr. Lonergan organised the inaugural St. Beacon's N.S. Biodiversity and Geography...
19th Mar 2024
We have been very busy in 5th class over the past few weeks planting various seeds...
16th Nov 2023
Junior and Senior Infants had a very special visit from members of the Irish Defence...