Environment Awareness & Education

St. Mary's NS Actively Going Green!

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
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St. Mary's National School held a double celebration earlier this week when they raised their Green Schools and Active Flags. 

The children with the assistance of the Green Schools Coordinator Natalie Chessar, fellow teachers, principal and parents have been working hard to earn their 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity and the local wildlife have definitely benefited.

They combined these efforts with improving their own fitness and are proud recipients of the active flag.

It’s safe to say these children are fighting fit as the look to safeguard our future! 

Green-Schools is operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government; Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; The Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Irish Aid, National Transport Authority; National Parks and Wildlife Service, Irish Water and the Wrigley Company Limited.

Schools wishing to achieve the ASF begin the process by self-evaluating their current provision across 3 areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. Schools must also organise an Active School Week programme and commit to having it as part of their annual school calendar. Schools that can say ‘yes’ to all of the ASF success criteria will be awarded with the active flag. The flag remains valid for a period of 3 years after which time schools will be invited to re-apply.