Fourth Green School Award for Creggs N.S.

The wet weather failed to diminish the high spirits of those gathered at Creggs National School when a 4 th ‘Green Flag Award’ was presented there last Friday. Special guest was Fergal O’Donnell, manager of the Roscommon Minor football team and representatives from Galway County Council, Sinéad Ní Mhainnín and Sinéad Higgins, were also present.   Creggs N.S are one of the few schools in the country to be awarded a fourth green flag in this environmental education programme, run by An Taisce in conjunction with local authorities.   They began the scheme in 1999, when they were encouraged by Sinéad Ní Mhainnín to get involved and from then on, all at Creggs worked extremely hard to gain the Green Schools status.    Litter awareness was the first element of the programme to be undertaken by the school and soon after, composting along with energy and water conservation were adopted. Constant assessment and checks are made on a school registered for the prestigious programme, which goes to show how dedicated all involved at Creggs National School are!   Teacher Fiona Brandon was greatly involved in the programme and says of it: ‘All the students and teachers are involved, and it is hard work, but of course also very enjoyable and worthwhile.’    A short mass was celebrated by local priest, Fr. McClure to mark the end of the school year before the flag was raised. Fr. McClure is also Chairperson of the Board of Management and commented on how proud how he was of all the students.   Sinéad Ní Mhainnín also spoke on the wonderful achievement of getting the award four times: ‘I just want to say congratulations to everyone. You have all done excellent work and should be very proud.’   She also remarked that the sixth class pupils who were leaving the school were involved since the school began the programme and hoped they would carry on what they learned to their new school. That same class raised an impressive €1700 for Daffodil Day, held earlier on in the year.   Fergal O’Donnell also commented on the achievement and congratulated principal Ger Dowd and staff, wishing them the best of luck for future projects.   Ger Dowd spoke on behalf of the other teachers and staff about how proud they all were of their achievement. He thanked Galway County Council for the support and assistance they received from them and thanked Fergal O’Donnell for taking time out of his very busy schedule to appear on the day. A presentation was also given to Fergal from the school, to mark the occasion.