“Keep it Clean, Keep it Green, Working Hard as a Team” –winning slogan by Cronan O’ Meara, 2nd Class
The sun shone down on Scoil Iosef Naofa, Corville last Friday 13th June as it hosted the Green Flag-raising ceremony. Mr. John Slattery, Principal opened the ceremony by calling on Fr. Harding to bless the flag and open the celebration with a prayer. Parents, school children, teachers, dignitaries and locals, gathered on the forecourt to witness the special ceremony.
Congratulations to Scoil Iosef Naofa, Corville. The school proudly hoisted it’s green flag in glorious sunshine on Friday morning last. Pictured after months of hard work are L/R
Sam Conlon, Cian Fletcher, Jade Loughnane, Kevin Maher, Faye Morton, Aoife Bulfin, Kylie Nolan, Brendan O’Donoghue, Kelly Maher, Coleman Tracy, Ms Dolores. Fitzpatrick (Green Flag Co-Ordinator) and John Slattery(Principal)
Preceding the raising of the flag, the ceremony was set in motion by the performance of the school band with a selection of melodies, played by the children on the tin whistles, with Darragh Carey Kennedy on the banjo, accompanied by Ms. McMahon on keyboard and Ms. O Connor on the concertina. Darragh Carey Kennedy, All Ireland champion, serenaded the audience with an exceptional solo performance on the banjo.
During the ceremony, Principal, John Slattery, thanked and congratulated the children, the school staff, and especially the Green Flag Co-ordinator Ms. Dolores Fitzpatrick, who worked tirelessly and enthusiastically on obtaining the Green Flag Award, together with the whole school. Speaking of the award, he said “Today really belongs to the children; I am so proud of this achievement. This however, is only the beginning, I hope that the children will carry the lessons into second level education and further where they will do their best to enhance, enrich and preserve the environment wherever they are”. As a small school, our recycling efforts are impressive and are set to improve even further in the future. All the children and staff should be praised and acknowledged for their continued determination and efforts and I would especially like to acknowledge the hard work of the “Waste Warriors” for all their hard work keeping the school looking immaculate.
Fr Michael Harding performs the blessing of the green flag at Scoil Iosef Naofa, Corville, on Friday morning last. Kevin Maher (Eldest Student In The School) and Faye Morton (Youngest Student In The School) are pictured helping Fr Michael while Principal John Slattery, parents, students and well wishers look on.
Ms. Fitzpatrick, Green Flag Co-ordinator paid tribute the amount of effort invested by the pupils, reiterating the importance of caring for the environment and the earth. She explained that this has been achieved in a number of ways, making good use of the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto. Ms. Fitzpatrick explained that an action plan was put in place by the green flag committee, which is comprised of Ms. Fitzpatrick, and pupils from 1st to 6th Class including; Brendan O Donoghue, Brian Moloney, Kacey Feehan, Shannon Ryan, Sarah Quigley, Kevin Maher, Kelly Maher, Aoife Bulfin, Megan Flynn, Keeley Nolan, Colman Treacy, Jade Loughnane, Cian Fletcher, Lee O Connor, Michael Walsh and Aoife Spendlove; Parents Representatives; Mrs. Martina O Donoghue, Mrs. Pauline Simmons and Mrs. Audrey Wright and Caretaker Mr. Michael Fletcher. It was set up two years ago to reduce the amount of litter being produced in the school, and since then the children and their teachers have been very, very busy! She also said as part of the school’s quest for the flag, the children built a living willow structure in the shape of an igloo, which has become an important base for outdoor nature.
Members of the Green Flag Committee each explained about the process involved in getting the green flag which took two years and how they worked very hard to achieve it. They started by setting up a Green Schools Committee. The first big problem to tackle was how to deal with the waste produced in the school so the committee nominated “Waste Warriors” to tackle the rubbish in the school and the surrounding areas. Steps were introduced to reduce waste going to landfill and recycle as much possible, with huge success.
Aiveen Bulfin then presented Ms. Dolores Fitzpatrick and Ms, Yvonne McManus with “recycled hanging-gardens” which comprised of a large paper bag divided in half and decorated with a collage of recycled paper formed in the shapes of flowers and butterflies, kindly made by Ms. Jacqui Maher.
It was a proud day for the pupils, teachers and parents of the school when the Green Flag was officially raised to loud applause, by the oldest pupil, Kevin Maher and they youngest pupil, Faye Morton, to mark the school’s successful participation in An Taisce Green School’s Programme. The ceremony concluded with a rousing rendition of the school song called “We are the Kids from Corville School” and The National Anthem which was performed by 6th class pupils on the tin whistles.
As a special treat for the children, an ice-cream van, with its distinctive jingle ringing out through the school, arrived after lunch and each child received a cone. This was the culmination of a brilliant day.
And in the spirit of the school motto “Mól on Óige is tiocfaidh si”