Castleiney NS Raises First Ever Green Flag

Friday June 22nd will be recorded in the history of the school as the date that it’s first ever green flag was raised. The ceremony was attended by parents and students of theschool along with their teachers. Also present on the evening was parish priest Fr. Padraig Corbett along with two of the oldest past pupils of Castleiney NS,  PJ Stapleton and Madeline Keane who were also given the honor of raising the flag. As part of the ceremony sixth class students Dara Nolan, Liam Meade, Christina Brennan and Ciara Nyland read prayers. A number of the students also performed their recycling rap which was hugely entertaining.

Attending the flag raising ceremony in Castleiney NS were; Christina Brennan, Dara Nolan, Ciara Nyland and Liam Meade along with past pupils PJ Stapleton and Madeline Keane.

After the formal proceedings had concluded the gathering were treated to light refreshments which were provided and prepared by the parents council of the school. Once again We congratulate the Staff and pupils of the school who have all worked tirelessly to ensure 

Green-Schools in Ireland is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland), in partnership with Local Authorities throughout the country, is supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the Department of Transport and is sponsored by Repak and theWrigley Company Ltd

Over 3,600 primary, secondary and special schools in Ireland (>88% of all Irish schools) are currently participating part in the programme and 2573 schools have been awarded the Green Flag. The Irish Green-Schools programme is one of the most successful within the international network. One of the main factors in the success of the Irish Green-Schools programme is the partnership between the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and Local Authorities i.e. the financial and time contribution of the Local Authorities to the programme. Most of the Local Authorities (City & County Councils) have an Environmental Education Officer (EEO). These officers provide the invaluable on the ground support to schools undertaking the programme.

Students and staff of Castleiney NS pictured with the schools first ever green flag.