An Inishowen primary school was packed to the rafters on Friday past as the community gathered to raise their momentous sixth green flag.
Awarded for Bio Diversity within the school, Scoil Naomh Fionnan in Whitecastle are is now one of the most environmentally aware schools in the county..
Renewed every two years, the school’s previous awards include recognition of their aims in combating litter, waste, energy, water and travel.
Teacher and member of the Green Flag committee since the very beginning, Ms. McColgan says the children take great pride in competing for the award.
“It is a lot of hard work over the two years to compete for the new flag, because as well as the new challenge we have to maintain the work we put into our previous flags,” explained the Whitecastle teacher. “But the children take great pride in their work for the school and it is a new way to involve all ages both within the school and the community.”
Although the Green committee is made up of both teachers and children, the legacy of their work spans much further afield according to Ms. McColgan.
“The work is ongoing and involves the whole community because the children can bring what they learn in school to their homes, and in turn teach their parents and younger siblings the skills they have learned.
“We did a variety of things this year including nature trails, compost heaps, log piles, developing the school garden and the wild garden.
“But as well we always had to be aware of the other flags and because we wouldn’t have got the new one without keeping up the others such as keeping an eye on the litter, conserving water and our walk and cycle to school days.”
The school, the students, committee and Ms McColgan are all looking ahead to 2014 new when new children will get involved to try and bring home another Green Flag for Global Citizenship.