On Thursday March 10, two members of Scoil Bhride’s Green Schools Committee, Darryl Nolan and Niamh Kiernan travelled to Croke Park to receive the Leixlip school’s fourth Green Flag. They were accompanied by their teacher and Green School’s Co-ordinator, Mrs. Angela Coyle.
Scoil Bhride was awarded its fourth flag, the culmination of eight years work, for its achievements in promoting the use of sustainable modes of transport in their school. Their efforts resulted in a dramatic fall in the number of children coming to school by car and a huge increase in those walking and cycling to school. Fifth class pupils in Scoil Bhride also took part in a six-week cycle training programme subsidised by An Taisce.
Members of the Green Schools Committee were praised by representatives of An Taisce, Kildare County Council and the sponsors of the Green Schools Programme for their hard work and the contribution they have made to raising awareness of environmental issues, not only in their school, but also in the wider community. Scoil Bhride already have three green flags to their credit, earned for their efforts in reducing and recycling litter and waste, raising energy awareness and conserving water.
Scoil Bhride were joined on the day by other schools from County Kildare as well as schools from Counties Louth, Meath and Monaghan. “It was a great day,” said Niamh, “but the best part was getting the green flag”.