The green schools initiative by An Taisce encourages primary and secondary schools to be more environmentally friendly. You can read all the details on the Green Schools Ireland website here:

Scoil Mhuire became involved in 2010. We set up our first green schools committee with 2 dedicated teachers and many pupils -two representatives are selected from each class level each school year. There are seven themes in total and seven flags to be awarded for achievements in these areas. Each flag takes two years to complete. Each one involves auditing our current practice under the given theme, learning about how we might improve our practice in this area and then taking some action to improve our practice in creating a green code for our school. We continue to follow our green code for older themes. The committee meets regularly to plan and every class gets involved in the activities, competitions and special days. The Environmental Officer from Cork County Council, Dr. Mary Stack visits the school to evaluate our work. Most importantly we all do our best to be more environmentally friendly together.

So far, Scoil Mhuire has completed the first three themes and has been awarded three green flags. You will see our flags flying outside the school. You will notice that we continue to be careful about our litter, careful with our energy use and careful in our water conservation.

1st Green Flag – Litter and Waste – Awarded 2012

2nd Green Flag – Energy – Awarded 2014

3rd Green Flag – Water – Awarded 2016

We are currently working on our 4th theme:


We hope to be awarded our next flag in 2018. You will notice or have already noticed some special days, competitions and lots of learning on this topic!

After 2018 we will be looking at the following themes:


Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste

Global Citizenship -Energy

Global Citizenship – Marine Environment

Most recent green schools blog posts:

Sponsored Walk 2018/ Green School Travel Flag.

On the 27th of February ,2018 the whole school from 1st class to 6th class got together for our School Sponsored Walk and  Travel Flag Action Day. Lisa O Grady from the  An Taisce Travel Team joined us. All the pupils gathered to sing Our Green Code Travel Song in ...
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Scoot to School day

On April 27th we had a scoot/cycle/walk to school day. Our Greenschools Committee is working on our fourth Green Flag, which is "Travel". The objective of this flag is to raise awareness among children, adults and the wider community about the benefits of walking, cycling, scooting and exercise in general. There ...
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Green Code – Energy Save

We are currently working towards our second Green Flag which focuses on Energy. Scoil Mhuire Green Code Energy Save We use energy every single day, We can save energy in lots of different ways, When it is daytime nad it's already bright, Don't wast electricity by truning on the light! We ...
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