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Infants flying the flag for saving the planet

THE only infant school in Ireland to be awarded three environmental green flags has been honoured by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan.

St Sylvester's Infant School in Malahide in Dublin raised its latest green flag at a school ceremony attended by Ms Coughlan, Tanaiste and Minister for Education.

The new green flag marks the achievements of the pupils and staff in conserving water. Two other flags were previously awarded for recycling and energy conservation. The school has been working to teach the practice of conserving water in ways that are practical to children of a very young age.

A special Water Action Day was held to showcase all the projects and experiments put together by the children and the water saving practices implemented by the school.

"We are very proud indeed," said principal Sharon Dunne. "Bearing in mind that our children are aged seven or under, the teachers have taught the Green Schools programme in a very concrete and visual manner." Each week 'Drip Detectives' and 'Watt Watchers' are appointed in each class -- like five-year-olds Hannagh O'Callaghan and Karla Biachi in our picture -- and every class has a Green Schools Mascot.