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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Celebrations as two new flags are flying high at St Iberius NS

The Green Flag and Active Flag committees with teacher Fiona Hudson and school principal Caroline Delaney at the raising of the St. Iberius National School’s first Active School Flag and their fifth Green Flag
The Green Flag and Active Flag committees with teacher Fiona Hudson and school principal Caroline Delaney at the raising of the St. Iberius National School’s first Active School Flag and their fifth Green Flag

Pádraig Byrne

Two new flags were proudly fluttering in the breeze at St Iberius NS as the school community gathered to hoist their Active Schools and Biodiversity flags. Quite a bit of work went into obtaining the flags and it was a proud day for the students as they saw it come to fruition.

The process for the Active Flag began back in 2018 as the entire school community set about getting up and active. A committee was established and every month had a slogan (such as 'Dancing December') to help the students to do more physical activity. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning there were active breaks before school and the whole school PE plan was rewritten with students getting active homework on a regular basis. All this culminated with a successful Active Week after Easter.

Work began to achieve the biodiversity flag some two years ago. A highly successful 'Green Schools Action Week' saw the pupils tidy up and develop a leaf mound, tidy the existing compost area, construct bee hotels, fix their wormery and clean and repair bird boxes. In addition, a successful application to Wexford County Council meant that three new trees were planted on school grounds too. The school were keen to thank Cliona Connolly in the council for all her guidance on this.

The school is now looking towards its 6th flag which is for global citizenship, litter and waste.

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