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GREEN FLAG AWARD 2012

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 On Thursday, May 19th 2012 Holy Family School was awarded their 4th Green Flag under the Travel Theme.  The awards ceremony took place in The Silver Springs Hotel in Cork City.  Holy Family School was represented on the day by Mr. Ed O’ Brien (Principal), Mr. Anthony O’ Sullivan (Green Schools Co-ordinator) and pupils Seán Murphy and Thomas Dwyer.

Green Flag awards form part of the Green Schools initiative which is an international environmental education programme offering well defined and planned approaches to schools to incorporate environmental issues into the curriculum and to apply them to the day-to-day running of the school.

Green Schools is run by An Taisce in corporation with local authorities throughout Ireland.  It is an initiative of FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) and is referred to internationally as Eco- Schools.  The project is operating in 37 countries and beyond. 

2012 is the 16th year of the Green Schools in Ireland programme and there are in excess of 90 successful schools in Kerry flying the Green Flag for environmental excellence. 

 

There are 7 steps to be completed in each theme before an application for a Green Flag can be made.  The school is then inspected by a representative of An Taisce before finally receiving the award.  Some of the elements of the Travel Theme included walking and cycling initiatives, public transport surveys, car pooling, park ‘n stride schemes, the Walking  Bus and Walk to School Week which takes place on May 21st – 25th 2012.

Holy Family School would like to express their thanks to Micheál Ó Coileáin who is employed as an Environmental Awareness Officer with Kerry County Council  and Ms. Angela Wall, Travel Education & Development Officer  with An Taisce for all their assistance. 

Mr. O’ Brien would like to thank the staff and pupils of Holy Family School for their commitment and co-operation.  A special word of thanks to 5th class teacher, Mr. Anthony O’ Sullivan,  for all his hard work and dedication to the programme

 Holy Family School is now in its eight year of participation in the programme. Each topic spans a two year period.  Our school has so far achieved green flags in Litter & Waste, Energy, Water and Travel.  Our next topic is Bio-Diversity which overlaps with much of the work already carried out.