Ardee Educate Together is the only school in the country with four current flag awards.
Recently it was just one of seven primary schools nationwide to be awarded the latest Yellow Flag for Diversity.
The school already flies a Green Flag for environment, a HSE yellow Flag for Health Promotion and a Blue Flag for Active School Sports.
Now they can add the Yellow Flag for Diversity as their fourth different flag programme. As far as they know they are the only school in the country with all
four flag award.
The Yellow Flag initiative just like the Green Schools Flag is both a practical programme and an award scheme. It provides a practical series of eight steps
to bring intercultural, equality and diversity into the daily life of the school.
“We are a multicultural, multidenominational and co-educational school,” said school Principal Ann Middleton.
“We embrace equality and diversity as part of our school ethos. We celebrate different cultures, ethnicities, faiths, abilities and socio-economic groups. Here
we believe that it’s important to give our young people an insight into the various different groups in society, to embrace diversity and to see everyone as equal.
“Every year we hold a Multicultural and Anti-Racism Week.
“We invite our international parents into our classes to cook their traditional food for pupils to taste. The food is delicious and you will see plenty of people licking their lips with very full tummies. No need for school lunch on that particular day! Pupils, parents and staff dress up in different national costumes from various countries.
This is always a colourful display and it really is amazing to see the lengths that some people will go to just to get their costumes exactly right.
“We have music and dance from around the world as we have pupils from every continent. Our international parents tell us about the customs and traditions in
their various countries.
“This is all very useful in our project work. This year the theme of Sport has been added to the celebrations.
“This is proving to be a very big hit with our pupils. They really enjoyed trying out the most popular sports in each of the countries we have represented in school.”