St Nicholas’ Primary School, Ardglass has been awarded a prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag by the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
Principal Mr Kevin Burns was immensely proud of the achievement of the school community in attaining the recognition from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. At a a whole school Eco-Assembly Mr Burns paid tribute to those involved directly in this great success. He thanked past and present pupils who have been the pupil voice on the Eco-Council. A great gratitude also went to previous Eco-School Co-ordinator Miss Anna Lonergan who submitted the successful application for our Green Flag. Many thanks went to Building Supervisor Mr Robbie Fitzsimons who was also a key part in helping our school become a Green Flag School and continues to look after and encourage all to keep the school in pristine condition.
The Eco-Schools Green Flag now flies proudly at the front of St Nicholas’ PS, Ardglass for the whole community to see and for the pupils and staff of the community based school to be proud off.
The Eco-Schools Programme is the world’s largest Environmental Education programme and aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school. Its participatory approach and combination of learning and action makes it an ideal way for schools to begin improving the environments of schools and their local communities.
The internationally recognised Green Flag is this highest award given to Eco-Schools and symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.
St Nicholas’ PS, Ardglass targets for the Green Flag Application included the Eco-Council carrying out an Environmental Review. They took part in the Wrigley’s Litter Less (WLL) Campaign and focused on Responsible Consumption and Production of Energy and took part in a Whole School Energy Saving Day.
St Nicholas’ PS, Ardglass is looking forward to continuing to promote looking after our local environment with Litter Picks already arranged with Ulster Wildlife and NIFPO over the forthcoming weeks.
The International Eco-Schools Programme is operated in Northern Ireland by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. Please visit www.eco-schoolsni.org for further information.