National Highly Commended Tidy Towns Award for Castleisland Community College

The long promised but recently arrived National Tidy Towns certificate and prizes were delivered last week to Castleisland Community College and was happily received by: Mary Kate Culhane front left with Jessica O’Loughlin, Shauna O’Keeffe, Katelyn O’Keeffe, Abbie O’Connell, Kayleigh Barrett and Chloe O’Sullivan. Back row: Aidan Joy, Woodwork teacher; Jo McGrath, Home Economics teacher; Kerry Costello, David Peskett, and Principal, Teresa Lonergan.

Castleisland Community College received a National Highly Commended Award in the Tidy Towns Circular Economy Category 2022.

The efforts by both students and teachers to promote a sustainable lifestyle were certainly rewarded with this acknowledgement along with 500 euros prize money.

Transition Year students of 2021/22 decided to enhance the river walk in consultation with Castleisland Tidy Towns and their teacher Aidan Joy.

Fairy Trail for Children

They created a fairy trail for children to enjoy using pieces of wood, left over from Junior and Leaving certificate projects during woodwork class.

The wood cut-offs were shaped and painted into various doors.

In Home Economics class the students also studied the world of fast fashion and they decided to undertake a project promoting up-cycling clothing.

They bought items of clothing from Sue Ryder Charity Shop in Castleisland and they up-cycled these items to the kind they would wear themselves.

Fashion Show for Junior Classes

They then organized a fashion show for junior classes where they modelled and promoted the up-cycling of clothing.

Principal Teresa Lonergan acknowledged the work of both students and teachers.

“Sustainability is ingrained into all aspects of school life. The Castleisland Community College Green School logo Athlaghdú, Athúsáid agus Athchúrsáil – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle which was designed 12 years ago, is still fundamental to school life,” Ms. Lonergan said.

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