Green-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year Awards 2020

The 2019/2020 academic year marks the 23rd year of the Green-Schools programme in Ireland. Despite the temporary closure of schools in March, the dedication of schools to submit their Green Flag application after a two-year effort to create sustainable environments in their schools was both poignant and exceptional. The Green-Schools staff who have been recently processing applications have been overwhelmed by the high standard and inspired by the positive actions taking place all over the country.

During May, 750 schools, including Dunmore Community School, were awarded the Green Flag for their work on the themes of Litter & Waste, Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship, with 61 schools receiving the Green Flag for the first time. Green-Schools wishes to congratulate all Green-Schools students, school staff and families who helped schools in achieving and renewing the Green Flag 2020! Join in on the celebrations virtually from May 25-29th for a week of #GreenFlag2020 celebrations! They have lots of video messages throughout the week from Green-Schools Officers, Environmental Awareness Officers and Sponsors who are all so proud of your wonderful achievements! #greenschools @GreenSchoolsIre

Join us on this page and social media on Friday May 29th at 12.00pm noon for the celebration of the Green-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year Awards 2020! https://greenschoolsireland.org/green-flag-2020-congratulations/

Green Schools Flag 2020

In such times of uncertainty, one thing is for sure; Dunmore Community School is environmentally conscious. We have just heard the fantastic news that we have been successful in obtaining yet another green school flag under the theme of Global Citizenship: Energy.

We have been acknowledged for the positive impact our work has made and the Green Schools awarding body were very impressed with the activities we have been undergoing. Our hardworking committee of Caoimhe Herviaux, Shanell Ronayne, Ciara Keane, Cian McWalters, Eoin Conneally, Erica Ryan, Isabella Gheorge, Isabelle Murray with staff members Mr. Quinn, Ms. Griffiths, Mr. Fleming, Ms. Davin, Ms. McHugh and Ms. O’Reilly must be commended on being generous with their time, their hard work, their persistence and their creativity in coming up with plans to make us an energy-efficient school. No small thanks either to the tireless work of our auxiliary staff. Our caretaker John and our cleaners Mary and Patsy have been key to making our goals realities.

We would also like to thank the school population for their support and participation with the programme, it really is a team effort. The last two years, while we have been pursuing this flag, has seen some major developments in our school. The tireless work of Mr. Quinn and Mr. Fleming were instrumental to this with their carefully constructed research and application securing us funding for a pilot scheme of a major deep energy retrofit. This new insulation of the old building and a change in fuel from oil to gas, a cleaner fuel, external led lighting, new double glazed windows and doors have all had a major effect on our energy use and carbon emissions. They also secured a total of 19 solar panels to generate our own energy. Our reading of the meters highlights that all our work has resulted in a 14.3% reduction in our energy use and a 22.5% reduction in our carbon emissions. I think you will agree that these are colossal numbers and deserve to be celebrated.

There are so many other projects at play in a school-wide undertaking which are making us more aware of our actions and effectively more green. These include but are not limited to a pollinator zone, a bug hotel, a vegetable garden, gardening lessons, junk kouture participation which has resulted in a space secured in the All Irelands and the Binja’s success in the SEAI competition, One Good Idea, making them All Ireland winners. We are so proud of our school community for being so proactive. We look forward to the future when we can have the opportunity to celebrate with a flag-raising ceremony. Just remember this work continues so… Don’t be Fuelish! There is too much energy conversation, not enough energy conservation.

@GreenSchoolsIre @SEAI_Schools @SEAI_ie #OneGoodIdea

Binjas Win the National SEAI One Good Idea Competition

Well done to our Binja’s and their mentor Ms Canny on winning the National Final yesterday. #OneGoodIdea

Staff and students watched the Virtual National Final together in a Video Meeting and it was lovely to celebrate together, even if it was online!

We are so proud of their achievements. When we return to school in the near future we have no doubt their great work will continue.

Virtual Online National Awards Announcement
The video part of our entry

Binjas Win the Regional Finals

We are delighted to hear that our 2nd Year lads “The Binjas” have won the OneGoodIdea Junior Cycle Regional finals in Limerick this evening. A fantastic achievement for them, Ms Canny their mentor, and our school. #Onegoodidea #SEAI More details later.