Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Kilkerley raised their fourth Green Flag at a ceremony in the school recently.
Pupils, teachers, parents, Fr. Gerry Campbell and Sorcha Brophy attended the flag raising ceremony and while the weather proved to be a little spoiler, it did not deter the pupils from enjoying the strawberries and ice cream afterwards.
The theme of this flag was ‘Travel’, so it was fitting that Fr Gerry Campbell, who has travelled the world, should have been given the honour of raising the flag.
Hermione, Ewan, Aaron and Doireann, members of our Green Schools committee together with Mrs. Brennan and Sorcha Brophy, An Taisce Green Schools co-ordinator received the green flag, in the Helix, Dublin.
The pupils from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, have been working on the travel theme for the last two years.
The Green Schools committee have been very busy coming up with ideas for promoting the travel and transport theme throughout the school.
Tara and Lucy Litchfield composed the winning slogan in the slogan competition with the following slogan:
Leave your car at the door.
Cycle to school, it’s remarkably cool!
Park and Stride or share a ride,
Whatever you choose....
Less fuel you will use!
The committee organised action weeks, poster competitions, WOW days, SOW days. For the action week the children ,marched on Monday, trotted on Tuesday, walked on Wednesday, twos on Thursday and skipped on Friday.
Every Wednesday morning the pupils, teachers and parents, park and stride from two locations – Kilkerley Emmet’s car park and Kilkerley community centre car park.
On national SOW day, the children brought scooters to school and classes from 1st enjoyed ‘scooting’ in the school grounds. The 6th class had cycle training from the Cuchulainn cycling club.
Projects with the travel theme were undertaken by all classes and at the travel assembly these projects were presented.
Garda Frank spoke at the assembly about road safety.