3rd Green Flag

Our Third Green Flag: Water

Last year (2011) we were awarded our 3rd Green Flag - Water. 

There were seven steps we had to carry out to get this flag.  We worked really hard and managed to reduce the amount of water we use both at school and at home!

Our Green School's committee worked especially hard to make sure the whole school learned lots about water and about how to save water.  The committee was made up of pupils from 1st to 6th class. It also had two parents and two teachers.

Our Committee:

Pupils: Holly Jameson, Ciara Ryan, Ava Mitchell, Niamh Fleming, Abbie O Loughlin, Stacie o Brien and Kiva Doyle.
Parents: Linda Carr and Debbie O Loughlin
Teachers: Ms. Russell and Ms. Phillips

One of the first thing the committee did was carry out a review of how we use water in our school. This included counting taps, toilets and radiators as well as noting anything else that used water.

From this review they were able to create an Action Plan.  The whole school came up with ideas for how we could all save water and some of these ideas were put into the action plan.  As a school we followed all the steps in the Action Plan and we were delighted when we were told that St. Joseph's had been awarded their 3rd Green Flag.

Here are some of the water saving ideas we came up with:


  • Have a shower instead of a bath
  • Never leave taps running when you're not using the water, e.g., turn off those taps while you're brushing your teeth!
  • Make sure the dishwasher and the washing machine are full before you switch them on
  • Collect rainwater - you could use it to wash your car or water your plants for example
  • If your toilet has a half flush button, use it