Teachers and pupils at two Derry schools are celebrating after winning titles in a prestigious environmental awards scheme.
St. Joseph’s Boys School, Creggan has been named the Western Education and Library Board’s Best Kept Post-Primary school in the 2012 SuperValu Best Kept School Awards, while Trench Road Nursery School came runner up in the Pre-Primary category of the awards.
The SuperValu Best Kept School Awards are organised annually by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) and sponsored by independent retail group SuperValu. They acknowledge the outstanding commitment of schools to green projects and environmental education.
Almost two hundred schools from across Northern Ireland entered the awards this year and NIAC judges have been travelling the country for months in search of the cleanest, tidiest and most environmentally active schools.
Winning schools include those with anti-litter campaigns, wildlife planting schemes and recycling projects.
NIAC Chairman Doreen Muskett MBE commented; “The aim of the SuperValu Best Kept School Awards is to acknowledge the environmental work being done in schools across Northern Ireland, which in turn will help children to develop an interest in the environment as a whole.
“As part of the judging process we look for evidence of pupil participation in environmental projects, and of course clean and tidy school grounds and St. Joseph’s and Trench Road Nursery set a great example in all of these areas.”