Bunscoil McAuley Rice, Callan, enjoyed a great day on Friday celebrating the raising of their third Green Flag which was awarded to the school recently for water conservation. The primary school looked immaculate for one of the biggest days of the year.
And the Presentation primary school in the city also tasted success with Mayor Sean O’hArgain hoisting their latest green flag during what was a carnival atmosphere in the school precincts which looked lovely in the summer sunshine.
Celebrations in Callan were anything but low key and there was a party atmosphere with the Catholic Bishop of Ossory Seamus Freeman present to raise the green flag and chat with teachers and parents. He was ably assisted by staff member John Croke and Mr. Hans Van Den Ven of An Taisce.
It was a lovely ceremony held at the front of the school watched by children, teachers, parents and Board of Management members.
Mr. John Maloney, Principal, thanked all concerned and gave special mention to Mr. Damien Aylward and his Green Schools Committee who were so instrumental in helping the school to achieve such success this year. The children were treated to bouncy castles and ice cream as a thank you for all their hard work and determination. It was a similar experience on Parnell Street, Kilkenny where Mayor O’hArgain paid tribute to the great work at the school. “This is a proud day for the school, the teachers, the parents and most importantly, the pupils. The Green flag initiative helps them in so many ways to appreciate their environment and we are lucky to have such a great attitude to Green flags within the school and it augers well for the success of students in later life,” he said.