Kilcoe National School

Skibbereen, Co. Cork

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Green Schools

Green Flag Initiative

Our School is involved in the Green-Schools programme. This programme provides an ideal way for fostering environmental awareness in the entire school in a way that links to many curriculum subjects. This programme encompasses four principle aspects:


Green Schools is an international environmental education programme, offering a well defined, controllable way for schools to take environmental issues from the curriculum and apply them to the day-to-day running of the school.


Green Schools is holistic. It aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school. It includes the students, teachers, non-teaching staff and parents as well as the local authority, the media and the local businesses.


Green Schools is both a programme and an award scheme.


•       Green Schools is a long term programme.

•       The Green Schools awareness takes the form of a Green Flag.


To date our school has acquired two green flags.


We are currently working on achieving our 3rd Green Flag for water.


Local celebrity and World Swimming Association Man of the Year 2013 Steve Redmond raising Kilcoe National Schools first Green Flag in September 2012

Raising of our first Green Flag

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2010~2012: Flag 1: Litter and waste theme


2012~2014: Flag 2: Energy Flag


2014-2016: We are working on our 3rd flag: water


Our Parish Priest Father Cahill raising Kilcoe National Schools second Green Flag in June 2014

Raising of our second Green Flag

Water Flag

The theme for the flag is: water.  We must continue to reduce our litter and waste, keep our energy use down and now start to reduce the amount of water the school uses.  



We began working on the water theme in September 2014


Our new committee is made up of pupils from 2nd-6th Class.  


Our first job was to do an environmental review.  We counted the number of taps and toilets in the school.  We marked the location of them all on a map of the school.  



We are monitoring our water use every week by reading the water meter.

Our Green Schools Notice Board


Reading the water metre