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St Columban's Primary School Enniskillen

Eco Committee


What is Eco-Schools?

Eco schools is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), Eco-schools aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated learning.

The role of the Eco-Committee

The Eco-Council is tasked to:

  • Ensure that the whole school is aware of the Eco-Schools programme.
  • Take the lead in carrying out the Environmental Review.
  • Ensure that everyone in the school community is represented in the decision-making process (as far as possible).
  • Provide a link between pupils, teachers, governors and the whole school community.
  • Take the lead in delivering the Eco-Schools Action Plan.

St Columban’s Eco Committee

In St Columban’s we have a hard working Eco-Committee which is made up of pupils and staff. Pupils take the lead within the committee, with staff providing support. Our Eco-Committee have achieved much success since its initiation, having been awarded with its Green Flag in June 2017.  This was awarded for the whole school's work on improving recycling in school, promoting biodiversity in our school grounds and promoting self-sufficiency by growing a range of vegetables in our school poly-tunnel. We meet at least once a month to discuss important eco issues within our school.

Who’s on the Eco-Committee?

Chairperson: Cairenn McGrath (P7)

Secretary: Aodhan Cullen(P7)

Treasurer: Matthew Whitmore (P7)


P4: Julijana McGourty

P5: Órlaith McAloon, Cara Donnelly

P6: Conor Whitmore, Keira Szweyck, Zoe Lavery

P7: Tyler Parr

Everyday roles and responsibilities

  • Meeting with other pupils and staff to plan how/what should happen around our school and when. For example:
  • Discussing what is to be planted in the poly tunnel.
  • How we can reduce waste in/around our school?
  • Ensuring that recycling bins are emptied on a regular basis.
  • Making sure that only recyclable material is put into green bins.
  • Helping out in the poly tunnel/outdoor garden.
  • Making sure that your classroom and corridor are litter free.
  • Organising/helping to make gifts for special occasions such as Christmas/Mother’s day.
  • Planning/monitoring how we can reduce energy consumption around the school.
  • Checking to see if unnecessary lights are switched off to reduce energy waste.
  • Analysing simple data to reduce energy.

St Columban’s Eco-Code

At St Columban’s we throw it in the bin and call it a win

We’re going green, it’s a super scheme

All together we stand proud and tall, ready to get back up if we fall

So let’s all think about it

We can all do our bit

Let’s make St Columban’s Eco Friendly!