10 out of 10 for Kennedy Park!
The flag poles at Kennedy Park National School are well covered as the school raised its tenth Green Flag just before breaking for the summer holidays.
The flag, for Global Citizenship and Energy, saw the kids learning about energy saving, both on a personal level and from a wider, global perspective. As part of the two-year process, the fifth class kids created a project on energy saving, featuring powerpoints and case studies that required lots of research.
The school invited parents and the local community to view the project and learn a little more about how they could make a positive impact.
On a day-to-day basis, the kids did a lot of awareness-raising in-house, teaching younger kids about energy consumption and saving. One experiment undertaken was to analyse one of the school's energy bills, bring in some energy-saving measures and check the bill again, at the same time the following year. Green School coordinator Sylvia Wickham said there was a significant drop in the second bill.
The flag raising was attended by the newly elected Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Tony Dempsey and former teacher at the school, Helen Corish Wylde, who is credited with initiating the Green School programme in Kennedy Park. The school was the first in County Wexford to receive a Green Flag for their work. The next flag is for Marine Life and Global Citizenship.
Ms Wickham paid tribute to her Green School colleague Liz Doran and also the pupil-lead Green School committee for all of their hard work.