Local schools who have won ‘Green Flag’ awards were invited to a special reception hosted by Mayor of Coleraine, Councillor George Duddy.
The guests attended the Mayor’s parlour as he congratulated them on their success and contribution to the environment.
The ‘Green Flag’ is the highest award ‘Eco-Schools’ can give a school for environmental achievement.
The seven schools in the Borough of Coleraine which hold the award are: Hezlett Primary School; Kilrea Primary School; St Columba’s Primary School, Kilrea; St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Primary School; Portstewart Primary School; St Columba’s Primary School, Ballerin; and Mill Strand Integrated Primary School, hold the Green Flag award for their excellent work on tackling environmental issues.
These issues include: litter; waste; recycling; school grounds; biodiversity; transport; healthy living; water; and energy.
Congratulating pupils, parents, teacher and staff, Mayor Duddy said, “It’s a fantastic achievement and one to be very proud of.
“All forty schools within the Borough of Coleraine are registered with ‘Eco-Schools’ with seven achieving Green Flag status. I’ve been informed that the assessors who visited local schools were highly impressed with all the great work being carried out.
“Green Flag status recognises the dedication the schools have shown in looking after our environment. I’d like to commend the pupils, staff and parents of the Borough who, through hard work and dedication over past year and more, set a fine example by highlighting eco-awareness to us all.
“I’d like to extend a very special congratulations to Kilrea Primary School, one of the longest running Eco-Schools not only the Coleraine Borough, but in Northern Ireland! Kilrea Primary School is one of only two primary schools in Northern Ireland to have achieved its seventh Green Flag and has now achieved a litter free policy throughout the school.”
Fiona Waters, Waste and Recycling Officer at Coleraine Borough Council added, “Forward thinking initiatives such in sustainable transport, bug hotels, recycled greenhouses, eco-clubs and a stomp out litter music and dance project were highly commended by assessors.
“It is evident there has been a whole approach with students, teachers and parents’ all getting involved in projects and sharing skills and knowledge with each other.
“Council encourages all schools within the Borough to learn from these examples and work on becoming more eco-friendly as just one small change can make a huge impact to our environment.”
‘Eco-Schools’ is run in Northern Ireland by the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, supported locally by Coleraine Borough Council. For further information on recycling, telephone Fiona Watters on 028 7024 7272, email Fiona.Watters@colerainebc.gov.uk.
*Eco-Schools’ is an international programme running in fifty nine countries worldwide. Nearly ninety nine percent of Northern Ireland’s schools have registered on the programme and all schools in the Coleraine Borough are registered. There are forty five thousand schools and fourteen million pupils participating in the Eco-Schools programme around the world.