John Mullen, Principal of the school and guests congratulated the children on their
achievement. The Green Schools flag is a result of over two years hard work by children, parents and staff to reduce litter and waste in the school. The driving force has, without doubt, been the school's Green Schools Committee who worked tirelessly towards achieving their goal and kept motivation levels high throughout the campaign. The committee, representative of students, staff members and parents, met regularly to discuss and review the plan of action.
The committee conducted monthly surveys monitoring improvements in waste levels
within the school, and landfill waste was reduced significantly. Children were encouraged not to waste paper and to reduce the use of Z Folds which they managed to cut down by 30%. Children learned how to segregate waste into landfill and recyclable materials and they
also learned the benefits of composting.
Before the ceremony moved outdoors, Mrs Finnegan spoke of how proud she was of the hard work the students and staff had put into achieving this accolade. Guests were also treated to colourful posters, drama, music and nature presentations as well as a lovely rendition of the anthem “An Brat Glas” by the senior pupils. The first Green flag flying in Tydavnet Parish was hoisted in bright sunshine by Colm McElwain, reflective of the great
spirit of the school in the presence of the pupils, teachers, parents, members of Tydavnet Tidy Towns committee and the wider community.
The award of a Green Flag is a wonderful achievement for the school but it did not
happen without the hard work, help and support of every member of the school community including management, staff, pupils and parents. Well done to everyone! ‘I ndiaidh a chéile a thógtar na caisleáin’