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Green Flag Award for St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit

St Patrick's Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit, Ballynahinch are celebrating this week after becoming one of the first primary schools and nursery units in their area to be awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The boys and girls from the school and nursery have been working hard over the last five years to reach the highest level that can be awarded by Eco-Schools Northern Ireland for being environmentally friendly. This award recognises the outstanding efforts of the school community in reducing their waste, recycling more, saving energy, promoting healthy choices and looking after their environment. 


Instrumental to this success is the school Eco-Committee which meets monthly to address issues and plan how they can make the school environment more Eco-friendly. It is well supported by Eco-Monitors, who make sure that everyone is following the Eco-code, and Mrs Smith who has been coordinating Eco-Schools this year. Everyone is delighted to see the efforts made by all of the children, staff and parents recognised with such a prestigious award.


Following an in-depth inspection made up of class visits, a presentation by the Eco-Committee and a guided tour of the school and grounds, Claire Lundy and Christine Chambers of Eco-Schools NI met to provide the group with the outcome of their evaluation. The Eco-Committee were delighted to hear comments like, ‘There is a lot of fantastic Eco-work going on in the school’ and ‘It is great to see how much you know about plants and gardening’. After the feedback, which noted the knowledge of the children and the genuine commitment of everyone, the ‘Green Flag’ was presented to the boys and girls amidst cheers that could be heard right across Ballynahinch.   Principal, Mr Coulter was delighted to see the award come to his school, “I believe that everyone has an important part to play in looking after the environment and am delighted that the hard work which has taken place in St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit to make them places which are so eco-friendly has been recognised in such a way.’


Well done to all the boys and girls in Primary 7 who made their Confirmation.


Technology challenge team

Our technology challenge team really enjoyed taking part in the South Eastern Region heats on the 7th May in Ballynahinch High School. The challenge was to design and build a bridge that would span over 40 cms and which could hold a weight of 250g.

The team worked hard to produce a fantastic structure and came very close to winning the competition.

Well done!


Council Visit

Primary 3 were very lucky to receive a visit from Linda Scott from the Council. They were taught how to made different everyday items out of recycled objects!

Ardnabannon Update

All is going well so far at Ardnabannon. The beds are made, after a few attempts, everyone has got unpacked and enjoyed their first activity. Some groups went bouldering whilst others went on the Adventure Walk in Tullymore. We are at Lisburn Leiesure pool and, judging by the shrieks and screams, everyone is having a great time. 

Fingers crossed the boys and girls will have an early night after such a busy day! Here's hoping!!!