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Local schools attended a reception in Warrenpoint Town Hall last week hosted by Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey. The schools were awarded their first Green Flags as part of the Eco-Schools programme.

St. Patrick's Primary School Newry received their first Green Flag at the Annual Eco-Schools Green Flag Ceremony in Warrenpoint Town Hall. Back row l-r School  Eco Co-ordinators Clara Scullion and Cathy Fitzpatrick, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey, Dorothy Corkin Eco-Schools Assessor, front row pupils Akshara Sauvant, Jessi-Mai White, Chloe Spencer-Freer, Ethan Quinn, Niamh Larkin Eco School Council.
St. Patrick's Primary School Newry received their first Green Flag at the Annual Eco-Schools Green Flag Ceremony in Warrenpoint Town Hall. Back from left:School Eco Co-ordinators Clara Scullion and Cathy Fitzpatrick, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey, Dorothy Corkin Eco-Schools Assessor. Front from left: Akshara Sauvant, Jessi-Mai White, Chloe Spencer-Freer, Ethan Quinn, Niamh Larkin Eco School Council.

Ten schools in total received their flags this academic year, taking the number of schools throughout the district proudly flying the Green Flag to forty.

Cllr Casey said, “Every one of you should be very proud of this tremendous achievement. The Green Flag award is internationally recognised and only schools which have reached the highest of environmental standards are given this prestigious award.

St. Patrick's Primary School Mayobridge received their first Green Flag at the Annual Eco-Schools Green Flag Ceremony in Warrenpoint Town Hall. Back from left: School  Eco Co-ordinator Mairead Trainor, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey, Dorothy Corkin Eco-Schools Assessorr. Front:  Rose Dawks, Mia Farrelly, Ellen McCoy, Eoghan Rooney Eco School Council.
St. Patrick's Primary School Mayobridge received their first Green Flag at the Annual Eco-Schools Green Flag Ceremony in Warrenpoint Town Hall. Back from left: School Eco Co-ordinator Mairead Trainor, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey, Dorothy Corkin Eco-Schools Assessorr. Front: Rose Dawks, Mia Farrelly, Ellen McCoy, Eoghan Rooney Eco School Council.

“I have been really inspired to hear all about the work you have undertaken, and I hope this continues into the future. Our environment depends on young people like you and the decisions you make.”

Dorothy Corkin, Eco-Schools Assessor, who attended the reception on behalf of Eco-Schools NI said, “I am delighted to be a guest of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council at your Eco-Schools Green Flag celebration event. As an Eco-Schools assessor I know first-hand the hard work that goes into obtaining the Green Flag for the first time. Congratulations to both pupils and teachers on this tremendous achievement.”

Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey with Council Staff, Eco School Co-ordinators and Eco School Council from Primary Schools who received their First Green Flag at the Annual Green Flag Ceremony in Warrenpoint Town Hall on Tuesday 25th June 2019.
Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey with Council Staff, Eco School Co-ordinators and Eco School Council from Primary Schools who received their First Green Flag at the Annual Green Flag Ceremony in Warrenpoint Town Hall on Tuesday 25th June 2019.

Pete Graham, Education Officer with Habitat for Humanity NI attended the celebration where he gave a presentation on his organisation’s work and how their education programme links with the waste and global perspective topics of the Eco-Schools programme.

St. Oliver Plunkett's Primary School Forkhill received their First Green Flag at the Annual Eco-School Green Flag Ceremony in Warrenpoint Town Hall. Front from left: School Eco Council Holly Cunningham, Finn McConnon, Ella Matthews, Lillie Farmer, Declan Conlon and Justin Bird. Back from left: School Eco Co-ordinator Patricia McKenna, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey and Dorothy Corkin Eco-Schools Assessor.
St. Oliver Plunkett's Primary School Forkhill received their First Green Flag at the Annual Eco-School Green Flag Ceremony in Warrenpoint Town Hall. Front from left: School Eco Council Holly Cunningham, Finn McConnon, Ella Matthews, Lillie Farmer, Declan Conlon and Justin Bird. Back from left: School Eco Co-ordinator Patricia McKenna, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey and Dorothy Corkin Eco-Schools Assessor.

Attending the event were teachers and members of the Eco School committees from St Patrick’s Primary School, Mayobridge; Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick; Kilkeel Primary School; St Joseph’s Primary School, Killough; St Patrick’s Primary School, Newry and St Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School, Forkhill.

The event finished with Cllr Casey presenting each school’s eco committee with their Green Flag and a commemorative certificate.

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