Tuesday 20 August 2019

Fifth green flag for the team at St Peter's National School

St. Peter's N.S., Bolton St., Drogheda was recently awarded its' fifth green flag.

The Green-Schools initiative is Ireland's leading environmental management and award programme, working with primary and secondary schools across the country.

This time the school worked for a flag on the theme of biodiversity. A special celebration was held in the front garden of the school where Ms Christina Lynch, teacher spoke about the steps and work involved in receiving the flag.

The principal, Ms Susan McCullen thanked everyone particularly Mr. Pat Murtagh, the school caretaker and the local Tidy Towns Committee, who had contributed towards the beautiful seasonal planting this year.

A memorial stone to Thomas Plunkett Cairnes was recently reinstated in the grounds with a newly planted apple tree. The children appropriately sang "All things Bright and Beautiful" accompanied by Ms Lorna Moffett, teacher, on guitar. Special guest, Mr. Fergus O'Dowd, T.D. did the honours of raising the flag and met children from the current and previous Green School Committees.

Over the last 2 years some of the work done for this achievement included the creation of a bug hotel, planting action days, bird identification displays and collection of food waste for composting. Sophie Hunter, a local milliner and parent, also kindly volunteered to come in and help the classes make bird feeders. 3rd and 4th class took part in a 'Pollinator Workshop' with Mark Nolan from "Biodiversity in Schools". Having explored all the plant life currently blooming on the school grounds, pupils determined what new plants would bring more bees to the school and it already seems to be working, especially at this time of year.

Given the town centre location gardens like those in St. Peter's N.S. are extremely important in providing an urban haven for bees and other pollinators.

Drogheda Independent