Green Flag day for Kilmagner
STAFF and pupils at Kilmagner NS have been rewarded with a second green flag after they managed to half the water consumption at the school.
Deputy Tom Barry recently raised the flag at the school, taking the opportunity to praise the proactive approach it and other Green Flag schools have taken towards the programme.
"The world's population is approaching nine billion people, which is going to put enormous pressure on our supplies of water and food," Deputy Barry said.
"We have to come up with creative solutions and because of our education system we are in a position to lead the field in this," he told assembled staff and parents.
Kilmagner NS became involved in the Green Schools Programme in 2009, introducing recycling programmes to tackle litter and waste.
In 2001 they began work on their second Green Flag with pupils focusing specifically on the issue of water management.
Under the project they investigated droughts in different countries before bringing the study back to the school by carrying out a water leak on all of the toilets in the school.
Using readings the pupils, under the guidance of teacher Sharon McAuliffe, put in place a water management system that halved water usage at the school between 2011 and 2012.
The children also took part in a 'Walk for Water' event, that saw them walk for 2km with a water container on their back to experience what like is like for children in poor countries who have to do it everyday out of necessity.
School principal Noreen Joyce said that in addition to raising awareness of environmental and global issues, the Green Flag initiative also gave children the chance to improve their research, problem solving and public speaking skills.
"All of the children and adults within the school body are extremely enthusiastic and proud to be involved in such a scheme. It has given all of the children a great degree of ownership and responsibility," said Ms Joyce.