The Green Schools Committee is a very active body within Portlaoise College. The committee has hosted a Pancake Party in the past with all proceeds going towards the purchasing of Holly hedging for the school. This hedging has been planted at the entrance to the school after Easter by the Green Schools Committee. Surplus funds were used to purchase recycling bins for classrooms.
The committee has also organised guest speakers to give talks on the importance of recycling electrical goods
Portlaoise College Receives Green Flag
An Award Ceremony was held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Athlone Wednesday 18th May to confer the green flag to 39 schools from Laois and Roscommon. Portlaoise College was privileged to be one of the three secondary schools involved. The Green Schools Programme is very vibrant within the school, with over forty students and many staff directly involved. Different initiatives were established by the Green Schools committee in the school such as the appointment of litter wardens, planting beech and holly hedge in the school surrounds, and the introduction of composting. Fundraising activities were fundamental to the establishment of the Green School activities. Monies were raised through a Talent Show and Pancake Sale. From such efforts the committee was able to purchase recycling bins for all class rooms, a compost bin and plants. At the ceremony, Ann Marie Kelly, the Environmental Officer for Laois County Council acknowledged the hard work and effort put in by students and staff over the last two years in reducing waste and litter. The Green Schools Committee are now planning in anticipation towards a flag raising ceremony which will take place early in the new academic year.