Green Schools – Illistrin National School

Green Schools

Scoil Naomh Fiachra is a Green School. We are very proud of our tradition and commitment in supporting awareness of and caring for the environment. Our new Green School Team was established in October 2015. It is made up of 17 pupils from 3rd – 6th class. Mrs Stewart is our Green School’s co-ordinator.

We were very proud to have been awarded our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity in May 2015. This was a great achievement for our school and great credit must go to our Green Team. In June 2015, we welcomed Michael Murphy, captain of our Donegal GAA team who raised our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity at a special ceremony in the school. Well done to the Green Schools’ Committee for organising this!

Our 6th Green School Flag

Having been awarded our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity, we are now aiming to achieve our 6th Green Flag for Global Citizenship. Our Green Team have been busy working towards this flag since the beginning of the school year. We have conducted and continue to conduct global citizenship awareness surveys and are compiling our action plan based on our results. Our Green Schools Committee would greatly appreciate your active help and support in pursuit of our sixth green flag in 2017.

Irish Aid Award 2016-2017

Irish Aid Awards Group photo

Green Schools Team

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Left to right: Chloe Callaghan, Mjai   & Sean Miguel Murray receiving our 5th Green School Flag on behalf of our whole school.

In previous themes we have received Green flags for Recycling (2007), Energy (2009), Water (2011), Travel (2013) and Biodiversity (2015). Most of these themes related to issues in or near Illistrin N.S. whereas Global Citizenship issues will cross international boundaries.

What is Global citizenship?

This means being a responsible citizen in the world today. Global Citizenship will enable us to discover how our work on the Green-Schools programme has, positively, influenced people and their local environments worldwide. As Global Citizenship is such a broad theme it is linked to all previous themes we have worked on.  We are required to focus on the Litter & Waste aspect of Global Citizenship first.

What we need to do in order to achieve our 6th Green flag?

To successfully implement the Green-Schools programme for Global Citizenship Litter & Waste we must establish the seven step programme and have made progress in reaching the targets we set in relation to the Global Citizenship Litter & Waste theme.

Our Actions and targets are focused around:

  • Raising awareness on how looking after our environment aids people worldwide
  • Promoting and facilitating ‘Active Citizenship’
  • Integrating the Global Citizenship Litter & Waste ethos into our wider Green-Schools
  • Make an improvement in the Litter & Waste management in our school
How can you help us as parents in achieving our 6th Green flag?

Our Green Schools Committee would greatly appreciate your help and support in the pursuit of our sixth green flag in 2017. Please complete the online survey link located below:


The information and data gathered will enable us to set targets for our ongoing Action Plan.  Also please check regularly for up to date information and news on our progress.


Tidy Towns “Caring for the Environment Award”

Irish Aid Awards 2016/2017 presented by Joe McHugh

The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, TD, joined pupils at Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, today to launch the 2017 Our World Irish Aid Awards. Students from left are Ava Doherty, Kevin Condron, Adam Chambers and Ilinca Costan. The Awards invite pupils across Ireland to create projects about the challenges facing children in developing countries and the role played by Ireland, through Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, in the global effort to fight poverty. Schools are provided with online and print curriculum linked teaching and learning materials, and pupils communicate their ideas and understanding of the issues in writing, song, film, artwork or any medium they choose. Photo Clive Wasson.

Irish Aids Award - Joe McHugh

Irish Aid Awards Group photo

For more information on Global Citizenship and the Green School Programme, log on to