'Put the litter in the bin, that is the way to win' was the slogan on everyone's lips at St. Brendan's National School in Rathcoole during the past year, and it certainly worked a treat because last week, amid much celebration, the school's first Green Flag was raised.
The Green Schools Committee, past and present staff members, the board of management, parents association, parents, and especially the pupils worked really hard to achieve this award which focused on the theme of 'Litter and Waste'.
At St. Brendan's, pupils have been firmly focused on the advantages of recycling, while the school gardens have been utilised to produce a wide variety of tasty fruits and vegetables.
Pupil Neil O'Leary and Áine Collins TD - a past pupil and parent - did the honours by hoisting the Green Flag, after Green Schools co-ordinator and teacher Mary Lynch complimented all involved for their sterling work.
A double celebration followed which marked both the Green Flag achievement and graduation day for the 15 sixth class pupils who head off to second level education in Kanturk and Millstreet in September.