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Green celebrations at Scoil Chormaic

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A NEW Green Flag is proudly flying over a Balbriggan primary school that has won its first ever flag in the environmental competition.

Recently, Scoil Chormaic CNS in Balbriggan held a 'Green Day Celebration' to mark the achievement of the school's first Green Flag awarded fro the school's efforts in tackling litter and waste.

The school has been working towards the flag for the past two years, implementing various school-wide strategies, including reducing the amount of packaging used in school lunches, reducing photocopying, and educating its pupils about the importance of recycling.

In order to implement a Green Schools Programme, there are seven steps which must be adhered to: The committee, the action plan, the environmental review, informing and involving, and monitoring.

A committee was set up in 2012, which included pupils, parents and teachers.

The committee worked tirelessly, organising litter clean-ups, Green Awards and other activities throughout the year.

The school underwent an inspection from a Green Schools representative and was awarded their first Green Schools flag from awarding body An Taisce in May, 2014.

The feedback from the representative on the day was very positive and they were suitably impressed by the efforts of the pupils and the school community.

To celebrate the day, Scoil Chormaic invited parents, pupils and teachers to a celebration held in the school hall, recently.

Artwork created by the children on the theme of Green Schools was displayed in the hall, and a brief overview of the changes made in the school over the past year was presented to the attendees at this special day of celebration.

Awards were also presented to the outgoing Green Schools committee members for their hard work and dedication during the year.

The new members of the Green Schools committee were then introduced, before the crowd were treated to a rousing rendition of the school's Green song - 'The Three Rs'.

Scoil Chormaic is very proud of achieving its first Green Flag and is currently planning its next Green Schools programme, which will be based on the theme of energy, in a bid to win its second Green Flag award.

The principal, Deirdre Corcoran, would like to thank and congratulate the school manager, staff, committee members, children, parents and parent volunteers for their enormous support over the last two years in helping to achieve the historic Green Flag award and thanks everyone for their continuing support into the future.


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