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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.’