Green Schools

The aim of Green-Schools is to increase students’ and participant awareness of environmental issues through classroom studies and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school and also in the wider community. Schools that have successfully completed all the elements of the programme are awarded the ‘Green-Flag’.

Global Citizenship

Our quest for Green Flag number 6-Global citizenship

This year our theme for the Green Schools Programme was Global Citizenship. It comprises of a wide range of elements including rights and responsibilities, litter and waste and the diversity of people. We were delighted to be awarded our 6th Green Flag in City Hall.





Biodiversity – Green Flag Celebrations

Green Flags are an international symbol of a school’s environmental sustainability and are awarded to schools for their efforts in reducing waste, conserving water and energy and promoting sustainable travel to school. We were delighted to be awarded our 5th Green Flag in 2013 for the theme of “Biodiversity”. We are a green school and are very proud of the work the school does in this area.

Two surveys were carried out as well as two habitat maps drawn to show the increase in biodiversity over a two year period. Bird feeders, bird tables etc were placed at various points throughout the school and the school garden was extended. Curricular work centered on flowers, trees, plants and various aspects of nature. Our fifth Green Flag was raised by Mr Brendan Smith, the Education Outreach Officer with the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) in NUIG. Thank you Brendan !

Our Green School committee consists of teachers, students and parents all helping with events in the school, arranging trips, etc. This award is just another example of the spirit of co-operation in the school. Scoil Colmcille Naofa is proud of all of the children, their teachers and their families. Well done and thanks to everybody for all the hard work. Comhghairdeas!

Click on the picture below to see some amazing photographs of our celebrations.




We are now working on our 5th Green Flag – BIODIVERSITY.  Biodiversity means everything that lives in or around our school.  We will be working on many projects over the next two years focussing on our local environment and how to protect it. We are undertaking lots of activities this year to improve the biodiversity of our school grounds.

Green Flag Celebrations

On Tuesday May 24th, Aoife, Alicia and Ms.Gaughan went to the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill where they were presented with our fourth Green Flag for Travel. Everyone worked really hard this year to get the flag and our WOW days were a great success! Well done everyone 🙂

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To celebrate our achievements, Joe Connolly will officially raise the new flag on Tuesday June 21st at 11am. The Army band will entertain us on the day and we invite all parents to attend. Get in the spirit and wear something green!


Green Flag Number 4 – Travel

This year, our Green Schools Committee are working hard on the Travel theme and we are hoping to get our next green flag in the coming months. We had our first WOW (Walk on Wednesday) day on February 9th and there was a great turnout! Well done to everyone for talking part and remember….BE COOL AND CARPOOL, CYCLE OR WALK TO SCHOOL!!