Effective implementation of the Environmental Policy requires a whole-school approach.
Our mission statement states that 'we strive to realise each individual's full potential in a catholic environment.' Developing each individual's potential involves an awareness of, and participation in, stewardship of the environment.
Rationale for this School Policy
All human and natural life is linked, whether at local, national or global level. The things we do or leave undone impact directly or indirectly on the lives of others.
Under the Education Act 1998, schools are required to have a policy on the Environment.
All schools have an obligation under The Litter Pollution Act 1997 to keep their grounds free of litter, as far as is practical.
Goals of this Policy
The main objective of this policy is to establish a clean and healthy environment where all members of the school community benefit from and share respect for our surroundings.
Roles and Responsibilities in Developing and Implementing this Policy
Those responsible for developing the Environment Policy will include staff, students and Board of Management.
It is the responsibility of the whole school community, Trustees, Board of Management, Teaching Staff, Non-Teaching Staff, Parents, Students and others who use the school facilities to implement this policy. The development and implementation of this policy will be co-ordinated by a Special Duties post-holder with the help of a Student Environment Committee.
Content of Policy
The school was registered for the Green-Schools Programme in October 2001.
The seven steps required to achieve and maintain the Green-Schools award have become an integral part of our policy. These steps include:
- The establishment of a Green-Schools Committee.
The Environmental Committee meet with the Healthy School Environment Officer every week.
- The Environmental review.
This is a process of examining the schools environmental impacts in order to identify targets for action and improvement.
A review should take place before new action is taken in a particular area e.g. waste review was carried out in 2001 and 2005.
- Action Plan
This is a timetabled series of specific targets, which will be developed from the results of the review. Actions taken follow themes outlined by the Green-Schools programme i.e.
Waste Management and Recycling
Themes followed and therefore action plan will change every two years following initial attainment of Green-Schools Award.
Theme: Waste Management and Recycling
- Review of current practices regarding waste management and recycling. Staff and students were surveyed and results were posted on Green-Schools notice board and in staff room.
- As a result of the review a group of second year students introduced a bring back the lunchbox campaign. This campaign encouraged all students to use a reusable lunchbox instead of cling film and tinfoil. Letters were sent home to parents, students were informed at assembly, on the intercom and by a poster campaign around the school.
- Recycling zones were maintained throughout the school. Paper, cans, tetra pak and plastic bottles can be recycled.
- Water saving hippo bags were installed in all toilets by TY students
- Action Day - Environmental Awareness Day and Spring Clean Day take place once a year. These events are organised by the Environmental Committee and the Healthy School Environment Officer and supported by staff.
- A member of the Environmental Committee attends weekly Students Council meetings to keep the student population updated on the progress of the Green-Schools Programme.
- Monitoring and Evaluation (Record Keeping and Measuring progress).
- Curriculum Work: All subjects to a greater or lesser degree, touch on environmental issues. Teachers should be mindful of this and use opportunities as they arise in their subjects to support and promote the implementation of this policy.
- Informing and involving the school and wider community.
- Green Code: A statement of the objectives demonstrating the school's commitment to environmentally friendly actions. This code should be displayed on the Green-Schools notice board.
Review of classroom 'clean up' procedures after break and lunchtime will take place each year.
11th December 2006
Dominican College, 204 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.