Fifth Green flag for St Columba’s

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The Eco Council at St Columba’s PS with teacher, Karen Keeney and principal, Colette Maguire.

ST Columba’s PS Clady is celebrating their prestigious eco-schools Green Flag, which is  awarded  by the environmental charity ‘Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.’  
The eco-assessors for the school, Briege O’Neill and Lynn Greer were very impressed with the school’s eco-programme, and both agreed that there was a fantastic pupil-led atmosphere and involvement by wider school partners. Following the presentation which took place last Monday, March 20, the assessors praised the school for their enthusiastic eco-committee and shared roles between the staff, parents and pupils. 
“There is very good use of school grounds to enhance the environmental curriculum and a real proactive eco-schools ethos,” they said.
This is the fifth time St. Columba’s PS, has been awarded a Green Flag and school principal Colette Maguire said, “St Columba’s PS has been an eco-school for ten years now and the eco programme is embedded in our school ethos. We are extremely proud of all our pupils, staff, parents and the entire community for their involvement in the eco programme. As a school, we have been very proactive in the delivery of the eco programme and we will continue to promote sustainable living through whole-school action.”
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. Eco-schools work through a simple seven-step process resulting in the programme becoming central to the school’s ethos. Schools can choose from ten eco-topics ranging from litter and waste to energy, biodiversity and transport to name a few. 
The internationally recognised Green Flag is this highest award given to eco-schools and symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.

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