Even the weather obliged the students of St Brigid’s NS, Coon, as they celebrated their second Green Flag – and who better to perform the raising honours than local trainer Jim Bolger from Coolcullen.
St Brigid’s is a rural school – built and nurtured on the ‘Pride of the Parish’ theme. Loyalty is always to the fore, and there was a great turnout from the community at large. Principal Margaret Brennan was the MC for the day.
“This day was the culmination of many hours of dedication and hard work,” she said.
“On May 21, members of the Green School Committee travelled to Cork to collect the school’s second Green Flag for Energy Conservation. To achieve the Energy Flag, the whole team at St Brigids had to continue all of the best practices on recycling while at the same time trying to reduce the energy costs in the school and there were some novel methods used.”
Jaselle Brennan and Kelsey Comerford spoke about ‘Sammy Snake’ – developed from old tights and old socks and used as a draughts excluder to keep the winter winds from the door. Another idea was designated ‘Energy Saving Days’, where the school worked in sunlight, with no need for computers, photocopier, microwaves, and so on. Wednesday is designated No Photocopying Day.
The children recited their own green code for energy: “Energy is important, never waste it, everyday we use it. Reduce the amount you use, go green, you can make a difference.
Annie Dowling and Emma Kelly of sixth class had a special word of gratitude to Jim Bolger for sponsoring the solar panels for the school.
“These panels have really helped reduce our energy bill,” they said
“We think we are the only school in County Kilkenny with solar panels.”
Kilkenny senior hurling member Thomas Breen (St Martins) was on hand to present each child with a medal and also plaques for the hurling blitz and long puck. Among the refreshments was a Green Cake, and even the Ice Cream Van pulled up at the school.
Special thanks to John Fitzpatrick, Croghtenclogh, who provided the amplification, and to all of the parents for the refreshments.
Also present was Chairman of Kilkenny County Council Paul Cuddihy; Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Officer; former pupil and county board chairman Paul Kinsella; and local councillors Maurice Shortall and John Brennan.