End of year cel­e­bra­tions at St Saviour’s Na­tional School

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St SAVIOUR’S NS raised its fifth Green Flag dur­ing the school’s end of year fes­tiv­i­ties.

This fifth flag was the cul­mi­na­tion of more than a year’s work in educating the school com­mu­nity about the im­por­tance of mak­ing their sur­round­ings as bio­di­verse as pos­si­ble.

To this end, a ‘Feed the Birds’ pro­gramme was adopted, which in­cluded erect­ing bird and bat boxes, while ar­eas on the school grounds were left ‘fal­low’ so that a range of in­sects, in­ver­te­brates and small mam­mals could find a suit­able habi­tat.

On the school’s Green Ac­tion Day in March, stu­dents in each class­room worked on dif­fer­ent projects, all with the aim of bring­ing a greater di­ver­sity of wildlife into the school grounds.

Bird cakes were made from seeds, while a bug-ho­tel and bird boxes were also cre­ated.

Dur­ing the year, the school wel­comed bio­di­ver­sity ex­perts Grace Garde and Aen­gus Kennedy, who in­spired the chil­dren by get­ting them to no­tice the huge range of flora and fauna in the meadow, hedgerow and on nearby oak trees.

The Green Flag was pre­sented to Green School Co-or­di­na­tor He­len Bin­ions and pupil rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Green Schools Com­mit­tee in a spe­cial cer­e­mony held in May. It was raised by prin­ci­pal Heather Law­son, who was as­sisted by the Green School Com­mit­tee mem­bers Is­abelle Cooney, Grace Wake­ford, Alan­nah Bel Wheeler, Ava Codd, Lucy Fitzger­ald, Han­nah Joynt, Kai Arthur, Is­abelle Doyle, Brooke Fitz­patrick, Luke Joynt, Is­abella McGuire, Aaron Mered­ith, Wil­liam Cherry and Sarah Ma­son. Also in­volved were par­ents Geral­dine Fitzger­ald and Cather­ine Wake­ford.

The school orches­tra played sev­eral tunes as the new flag un­furled in the breeze, to the de­light of par­ents and staff.

Af­ter­wards the Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion hosted a won­der­ful evening of en­ter­tain­ment as part of the school’s end of year cel­e­bra­tions.

St Saviour’s NS raise their fifth Green Flag.

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