Charles Stanley Smith (An Taisce), Lorraine Power (North Tipperary County Council), Ethel Telford, Peter Rowe, Janet lewis (Chairperson Of The School Committee) & Rachael Williams (Secretary Of The Green School's Commitee at St Cronan's, Roscrea
On Monday 14th May, St. Cronan’s N.S. celebrated its 3rd Green Flag Raising Ceremony when Mr. Peter Roe, Chairperson of the Board of Management had the honour of raising the flag. St. Cronan’s N.S. in Roscrea is the first Primary School in North Tipperary to be awarded a third Green Flag. The programme for the third Green Flag was Water Conservation in the school and local community.
Breda Clancy pictured here accepting a cheque for one thousand euro from Luke Hassler, St Cronan's National School.
For the last two years the school has been monitoring water consumption and has set up a water action plan. The H2O co-ordinators read the water meter regularly. This is the first metric water meter in Roscrea and was installed by the county council. We are very grateful to Mr Tom Delaney for his guidance and instructions on its use.
The Chairperson of the Green School Committee is Janet Lewis and the Secretary is Rachel Williams and the whole school is on the Committee as well as representatives from the local community, parents, staff and the Principal. They meet once a week to discuss issues and to plan for the following week. This was a 2 year project so great credit goes to last year’s sixth class for all their work and interest.
The committee has an action plan in place to achieve reduction in waste, litter, energy and water. One of the projects that we undertook during the year was our Water Action Day. Everyone wore blue and we had a Bring and Buy Sale. The money raised went to water-based projects for Oxfam. We provided drinking water for 6 families, a cooking stove, 2 fishing nets, and a dealing with drought project home Kit – all for Developing Countries of the World.
Last year we made beautiful clay pots with one of our parents Mr O’Hara a very accomplished potter. . Classroom project included Famous Explorers, Ships, Life on the Riverbank, Waterways of the World etc.
Present on the day were representatives from the Board of Management, County Council, An Taisce, the Tidy Towns committee, the local community, local schools, local Clergy, the Press, parents and friends. The pupils presented a cheque for €1,000 to Breda Clancy from Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind as a result of their Lenten project.
Huge thanks to Mr Richard Davis (an ex-pupil of the school) who provided the P.A. for the occasion.
Thank you so much to representatives of the Parents Association Mrs Alison Sanli, Ms Naomi Duffy and Mrs Barbara Duke who organised the refreshments after the ceremony. As the school is involved in the Food Dude Healthy Eating Programme at the moment, healthy food was the choice of the day with vegetables, fruit and cheese etc. enjoyed by all.
Ray Dempsey, lorraine Power, Denis Ryan, Charles Stanley Smith, Ethel Telford, Peter Rowe and Brendan Carmody pictured at St Cronan's National School, Green Flag award.