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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Preschool has Green Flag glory in its sights

HUBERT MURPHY

Published 07/11/2012|09:41

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THE Old School House Preschool in Ballapousta is hoping to create a little bit of history in the area.

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The aim is to become one of the first preschools in the county to earn a Green Flag award, usually reserved for mainstream schools.

'In January 2010 we registered our preschool for the Green Flag award and since then have been working hard with our preschoolers to achieve it. We have done many things over the last two years such as taking part in Tidy Towns, a visit to the VW recycling centre, teaching the children how to recycle, organinsing a clothes recycles in aid of St Lukes, using recycled materials in our curriculum, using recycled materials in our arts and crafts and so on,' stated Aishling Silke from the centre.

They hope to apply this month and get the flag next May.

They held a recycling fashion show recently and it brought out the imagination in everyone.

'We were taken aback with the effort the parents went to in relation to the costumes.

'We had Ironman, Thomas the Tank Engine, Lightening McQueen, robots, pumpkins and witches and all costumes made from recycled materials. Even the staff got right into it with Helen, who is expecting her first baby in three weeks, dressing up as a oven with a bun in it!,' Aishling stated.

Other staff members getting into the spirit of things included Venessa as Animal from the Muppets, Olive as a bat and Aishling, who was a Hawaiian hula girl.

' We were blessed with the weather and invited third class from the national school to join us as their teacher Ms McNally promotes their green flag activities. After our parade we were invited to visit the school and show off our costumes.'

'At a time of recession, the Old School House preschool in Ballapousta gave a wonderful display of how to make cheap yet wonderful costumes, children were so excited as they told us how they helped to make the costumes.

'It was a wonderful example of collaboration between children, early years practitioners, parents and the local school,' she added.

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