Green Flag Committee

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Green Flag Committee 2015/2016

“Biodiversity underpins the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend for food and fresh water, health and recreation, and protection from natural disasters. It’s loss also affects us culturally and spiritually. This may be more difficult to quantify, but it is nonetheless integral to our wellbeing.”

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations.

 

In light of the above statement, the Green School Committee embarked last year on a campaign to help maintain and enhance the biodiversity that surrounds us in St. Vincent’s School. The committee of 2014/2015 conducted a survey of all first year students in order to establish the level of awareness surrounding biodiversity. A number of students then compiled a habitat map of the school grounds which informed them of the current biodiversity. The Green School notice board was updated with the information, along with posters aimed at raising awareness of the theme. Students were able to link their work on this theme with their curriculum subjects, including CSPE, Geography, Maths, Science and I.T. The committee will continue their hard work this year, and hope to successfully apply for a renewal of the school’s green flag.

 

The Green Flag Committee have continued to promote the theme of “Biodiversity” in St. Vincent’s this year. Their slogan “Don’t let species go extinct, in this world we are all linked ” was selected as it felt that this best reflected the work that they have undertaken to date. In an effort to attract a more diverse range of fauna into the area a number of initiatives have been spearheaded by the committee and TY students, including the planting of new flower beds around the school grounds. Below are students from 2 Orla replanting a honeysuckle shrub. Second and fifth year students have also participated in an ecology field study of a local park in an effort to identify our local flora and fauna.