PROUD DAY FOR SCHOOLS
THREE schools in the Wexford have celebrated their first Green Flags during the past week, while another was celebrating a hat-trick!
Wexford CBS, Gaelscoil Charman and Rathangan NS all hoisted the much-coveted flag high above their schools for the first time.
The first ceremony was at St Anne's NS in Rathangan last Friday, where there was also an 'open afternoon', allowing people to stroll through the school and see for themselves the results of the refurbishment programme and new extensions.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the green school committee, staff and parents, St. Anne's received their first green flag at a ceremony in Kilkenny on May 26 last and Principal Tadhg Foran said the programme has been of great benefit in raising the children's awareness of environmental issues.
The flag was raised by committee members Jamie Somers and Andrew Walsh. First class entertained the huge crowd with their play titled ' The Litter Muncher' and all 278 pupils sang their special song for the occasion, ' Waving Flags'.
Two beautiful murals titled ' The Wave Poem' were also officially unveiled at St Anne's NS on Friday. This wonderful artistic piece was created last year under the direction of artist, Julie Forrester.
Wexford CBS celebrated their first Green Flag on Monday, with past pupil Minister Brendan Howlin visiting to hoist it high above the school. 'It was a really wonderful day,' said Principal Jos Furlong.
The school community gathered in glorious sunshine for the special occasion, with Stephen Murphy providing some lively music.
The CBS pupils, led by green school co-ordinator and sixth class teacher Mary Coady, had put a massive effort into attaining the Green Flag and their efforts can be seen throughout the pristine school.
Fourth class pupil Ryan Kavanagh gave an excellent presentation on all the work that the CBS has done throughout the Green Flag process. ' We want a few more now!' said Mr Furlong.
Gaelscoil Charman was in celebratory mode yesterday (Tuesday) morning after its Green Flag efforts finally came to fruition.
Outgoing Mayor of Wexford Joe Ryan was the special guest at the ceremony, where the pupils, staff and members of the board of management were joined by a large number of parents and neighbours from Whiterock.
It was a great day for the Gaelscoil, with Bui Bolg entertaining, a barbeque providing delicious food and an ice cream van even turned up, much to the delight of the children.
Meanwhile, the environmentally friendly kids in Ballymurn National School were celebrating their third Green Flag, having long since earned their green spurs from An Taisce!