Proud day for ev­ery­one at Pre­sen­ta­tion school

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

IT was a proud day for the pupils and staff of Pre­sen­ta­tion Pri­mary School, Bal­ly­makenny when they raised their fifth Green Flag on Oc­to­ber 24th. A flag rais­ing cer­e­mony was held to cel­e­brate the pres­ti­gious flag from An Taisce and it proved a real day of cel­e­bra­tion.

The Green Schools pro­gramme is an award scheme that ac­knowl­edges long-term whole-school ac­tion for the en­vi­ron­ment. Bio­di­ver­sity is the fifth Green-Schools theme. This flag looks at in­creas­ing aware­ness of the im­por­tance of na­tive plants, an­i­mals and habi­tats and en­hanc­ing bio­di­ver­sity on the school grounds.

There was great ex­cite­ment as Derek Mooney, pre­sen­ter of Mooney Goes Wild, RTE Ra­dio 1, at­tended the event, record­ing the speeches made for his Sun­day night show. Pupils from the Green-Schools com­mit­tee de­scribed the tasks they com­pleted to achieve this flag. Th­ese in­cluded cre­at­ing a bug ho­tel, mak­ing bird feed­ers, plant­ing veg­eta­bles in their new raised beds and de­sign­ing a Celtic gar­den with na­tive Ir­ish plants.

As part of the cer­e­mony, the Green Flag was blessed by School Chap­lain, Fr. Ma­ciej. Fiona White, Green-Schools co-or­di­na­tor in the school, thanked all those in­volved in the school’s Green­flag pro­gramme. The new flag was raised by Philip McCabe and former prin­ci­pal, Muire­ann Maguire. Also in at­ten­dance were rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the school’s Board of Man­age­ment and Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, a num­ber of re­tired teach­ers and prin­ci­pals of lo­cal schools.

The cel­e­bra­tion con­cluded with the chil­dren singing ‘An Brat Glas’. Their cheers could be heard nearby when prin­ci­pal Nora Mol­loy an­nounced that the ice-cream van would be ar­riv­ing af­ter break.

Mean­while the school has al­ready started work­ing to­wards their sixth Green Flag for global ci­ti­zen­ship.

The cer­e­mony was in­cluded on the Mooney Goes Wild show on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29th. Those wish­ing to hear the cer­e­mony can find the pod­cast on the RTÉ ra­dio web­site.

Philip McCabe and Derek Mooney un­veil the Pre­sen­ta­tion NS green flag.

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