After two years of hard work and dedication from the entire school community, Catherine McAuley Junior School raised its very first Green Flag last week. The theme of the flag was recycling and pupils and teachers have spent the last two years working on a number of projects to help make the school more eco-friendly and earn the coveted Green Flag in the process. They began by reducing the amount of recycling waste they have in school and by using recycled materials to make art work and displays, then also appointed bin monitors and had in-school competitions each week for the best kept bins in each classroom.
To mark the raising of the flag, all the children wore green to celebrate this momentous day. The Green School's committee was led by Ms. Angela Kimpton along with a team of staff from the rest of the school. And having only just secured the Green Flag for the very first time, all at the school are now focused on getting their second flag and continuing to help the environment in whatever way they can.
Green-Schools is operated in partnership with local authorities and has been a fully national programme since 2001. Internationally it is known as 'Eco-schools'. The award part of the scheme comes in the form of a green flag - a now well respected and recognised eco-label.