Olympian Gary O’Sullivan raised a well merited Green Flag over Scoil Íde, Curranes National School on Tuesday morning at 9.30am.
The ceremony was attended by pupils, teachers, current and former and parents and it marked the culmination of the efforts made by the pupils to achieve Green Flag status for litter and waste management. The flag was awarded by An Taisce.
Green School Committee
Eight pupils at the school made up the Green School Committee There was a committee member from each class.
These pupils met with Principal Emer Nelligan on a regular basis to discuss issues in relation to litter and waste management at the school.
They conveyed messages from their meetings back to the pupils in their classes.
Litter bins, paper towel bins and compost bins were regularly weighed at the school. The pupils monitored and compared the weight of each of the bin types over a period of time, ensuring that waste was kept to a minimum.
The pupils participated in the Kerry County Clean Up in the Laccabawn area and they held clothes and battery recycling events at the school.
Green Flag Initiative
A representative from An Taisce made an assessment visit to the school and teachers and pupils were interviewed about their involvement in the Green Flag Initiative.
A report on the visit was submitted by the assessor and An Taisce deemed it appropriate to grant the school the prestigious Green Flag following their assessment.
Ms.Nelligan and pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th classes travelled to a special awards ceremony in Cork in May and they were presented with the Green Flag.
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