7 Green Flags

7th Green Flag for Scoil Eoin – What an Achievement!

Scoil Eoin are absolutely delighted to be awarded their 7th Green Flag!! They are one of only a few schools in the country to earn this prestigious flag, which is awarded by An Taisce. Green Flags are an international symbol of a school’s environmental sustainability and are awarded to schools for their efforts in reducing waste, conserving water and energy, promoting Sustainable Travel to School, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. This seventh Green Flag has been awarded for Global Energy and will be presented to the school at a ceremony in May. Congratulations and well done to all of the boys and the staff in Scoil Eoin. A particular thank you to Mrs. Healy, Green Schools Co-ordinator and the members of our Green Schools Committee. We look forward the our 7th Green Flag Ceremony in November.

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Super Sixth Green Flag for Scoil Eoin

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Our school had cause for huge celebration last Friday, 14th November, when the school raised its Sixth Green Flag! Michael O’ Brien, the manager of the triumphant Ballincollig Senior Football Team was the perfect choice for guest of honour to mark this fantastic occasion. He was honoured to be chosen to raise the flag. Scoil Eoin was awarded the prestigious 6th Green Flag for Biodiversity by An Taisce at a special ceremony last May. Scoil Eoin is one of the few schools in the country to have reached the environmental level of the sixth Green Flag, a fantastic achievement for the school! The theme of the flag was Biodiversity, which is the term used to describe the variety of life found on Earth. At school level the basic aim was to improve the grounds of the school and attract more wildlife. This two year project required a great deal of time and work, but proved to be a huge success. Green Schools co-ordinator, Mrs. Margaret Healy said “The fact that we now hold six Green Flags is a testament to the consistent enthusiasm of the Scoil Eoin Community”. Mrs. Healy also praised the “fantastic Green Schools Committee”.
Scoil Eoin’s pupils, staff, friends and invited guests enjoyed a wonderful excitement filled day of celebration as they came together to witness the flag raising ceremony. The junior children were bedecked in headbands adorned with butterflies, ladybirds and bees, representing different areas of biodiversity. The older children were festooned in face paints, badges and waved flags, creating a fantastic atmosphere. Among those also in attendance were Cllr. Derry Canty, Cllr. Daithí Ó Donnabháin, Ms. Birgit O’ Driscoll, An Taisce, Mr. Kieran Costello, Chairperson of the Board of Management. Seven First Year students from local schools were very special guests on the day. The boys, past pupils of Scoil Eoin, were invited in recognition of their enormous contribution to the school’s Green Effort.
Principal, Bean Uí Nuanáin said “Today is a wonderful day for our school. It is the culmination of 15 years of environmental work and it embodies the spirit of the school motto “Déanann Dicheall Gaisce”. Bean Uí Nuanáin highlighted “that this, our 6th Green Flag is as precious to us as our first”. Great praise was also given to Mrs. Healy for her hard work and dedication in co-coordinating the Green Schools Programme with great support from all of the staff, including Gerry the Caretaker. Cllr. Daithí Ó Donnabháin was “honoured and privileged” to be present to celebrate “this fantastic achievement”. Cllr. Derry Canty was honoured to attend “at another special occasion” in Scoil Eoin. He highlighted that “Scoil Eoin are the top school in the area” educating pupils on a local and global level.
Michael O’ Brien, himself a past pupil of Scoil Eoin made a very inspiring and encouraging speech. He explained that environmentally “Scoil Eoin is to the forefront, not only in Cork County but in Ireland. He emphasised that “if you are willing to put in hard work you will be rewarded”. He then raised the flag to loud applause. The ceremony concluded with a rousing rendition of the school song, “Scoil Eoin,” composed by teacher Miss Crowley. Scoil Eoin is already making progress towards their 7th Green Flag with the theme of Global Citizenship Energy. Undoubtedly that flag will also be flying proudly over the school before long!

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6th Green Flag Ceremony Update

Michael O’ Brien, manager of the victorious Ballincollig football team and past pupil of scoil Eoin will raise the 6th Green Flag for the school on Friday, November 14th. This flag was awarded for Biodiversity, which is the term to describe the variety of life found on earth. Scoil Eoin worked over a two year period to enhance the school environment by planting a herb and butterfly garden, creating a log pile habitat and constructing a bug hotel and enhancing the already flourishing gardens within the school environment.The award is a testament to the commitment of Scoil Eoin as a community and to the dedicated Green Schools Committee.

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5th Green Flag Awarded to Scoil Eoin

Scoil Eoin boys receiveing our 6th Green Flag
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Congratulations to Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig who successfully achieved a Green Flag for the fifth time this summer. The school celebrated their success with Minister Simon Coveney T.D. raising the prestigious flag on Friday at the school. The primary school, only the second in the county to receive the accolade, was honoured with this Green Flag for Global and European Citizenship. It is the fifth Green Flag to be awarded to Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig as a culmination of two years of endeavour. The pupils researched Fair Trade and the importance of it on a global scale. Each class chose and studied a member country of the European Union. On foot of this Seán Kelly M.E.P. visited the school and shared his experiences with the boys. Water was examined on a world wide scale, where younger pupils studied the importance of water in Africa and the senior pupils analysed drought, climate change and water pollution.
Recent research on the economic value of the Green-Schools programme to schools in Ireland has revealed that the programme has saved Irish schools a minimum 2 million euro in waste, electricity, water and fuel costs this year. Scoil Eoin have intensified their efforts to conserve water within the school environment. On Friday the school community came together for the special occasion, to witness the raising of the school’s fifth Green Flag by special guest of honour Minister Simon Coveney T.D. “Scoil Eoin sends out a statement of care year after year. You are prioritising the environment and you see how precious that job is. You are very lucky to attend a school that cares about really important things like sustainability and environmental issues”. Among those also in attendance were Mr. Derry Canty Cllr., Ms. Birgit O’ Driscoll, An Taisce and Mr. Kieran Costello, Chairperson of the Board of Management. Mrs. Margaret Healy teacher and Green Schools Co-ordinator, Scoil Eoin said “It is a wonderful achievement! It is a reflection of Scoil Eoin’s commitment to Environmental Issues and a testament to the hard work of the entire school community. As one of very few primary schools throughout the country to be recognised at this level of environmental forward thinking, we welcome the challenge of our Sixth Green Flag for Biodiversity”. This award is just another example of the spirit of co-operation in the school. Scoil Eoin are justly proud of all of the children, their teachers and their families! Well Done!
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Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig Green Schools' Committee with their Fantastic Fifth Green Flag (Friday 5th Oct 2012)
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In the following 4 audio clips you can hear, in the following order 1. Mr Leo Ó Leamhnaí, Leas Príomh Oide, Scoil Eoin, 2. Mr Kieran Cosello, Chairman of Board of Management, at Scoil Eoin 3. Ms Bergen O’Driscoll from An Taisce and 4. Mr Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and The Marine. They priased the pupils of Scoil Eoin for their wonderful achievement in having the Fifth Green Flag, for Global and European Citizenship, awarded to the school.
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Mr Costello

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Mr Simon Coveney

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Scoil Eoin Fly their Fourth Flag

Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig, became the first and only school in both Cork city and county to be awarded the prestigious International Fourth Green Flag for sustainable travel on Friday, May 14th 2010.

Boys enjoying themselves at the launch

Boys enjoying themselves at the launch

Scoil Eoin have been an inspiration to other schools in Cork starting on the Green-Schools Travel Theme, and have also been willing to share their experiences and expertise!” commended Ellen Murphy, An Taisce. “The commitment from the teachers, parents and most especially the students guaranteed their success in getting their Travel Flag, and the success of the Walking Buses is evidence of this.

Green Flag Co-ordinator, Margaret Healy echoed those words, saying that “the success of Scoil Eoin in achieving its’ Fourth Green Flag is due to the efforts of the boys, school staff and especially the parents, who gave up their time to walk the children to school”.

Waiting for the arrival of guests

Waiting for the arrival of guests

The Walking Buses initiative, launched with the help of Seán Og O hAilpín last year, has led to almost half of the school population walking or cycling to school. Seán Og returned to celebrate with the boys and acknowledged the “amazing achievement” of the school. He recognized the “amount of work” needed and continued that “Scoil Eoin is built on excellence, excellence to do the best they can”.

Minister Batt O’ Keeffe congratulated Scoil Eoin on their historic achievement and praised the pupils for being “outstanding citizens of Ballincollig”.

Fr George all spruced up for the occasion.

Fr George all spruced up for the occasion.

Lord Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Derry Canty applauded the efforts of the pupils for walking to school, telling them that they were “to be congratulated for what they had done”. He also praised the boys for cycling, making use of the wonderful cycle lanes that Ballincollig now boasts.

Scoil Eoin has always been an environmentally conscious school. The Green School project was first begun many years ago in 1999 by Mr Michael Landers when the first Wormery was bought for the school with the intention of having some of our school waste recycled through the wormery. We received our first Green Flag in 2003.
Mr William Casey initiated the present project of The Walking Buses in the Spring of 2009. This project proved to be very successful. This year the project was continued very successfully by Mrs Margaret Healy amd culminated in the school achieving its 4th Green flag. So our school has a long established history of recycling and conservation. Water and light detectives in each classroom ensure energy levels are closely monitored. Fruit and paper waste are composted and used for vegetable growing, while rain water is harvested and used in the flower gardens.

Seán Óg ÓhAilpín proud to be part of the occasion.

Seán Óg ÓhAilpín proud to be part of the occasion.

Mr. Kieran Costello, Chairperson of the Board of Management spoke of what a “proud day” it was and told the boys that “they had made a contribution to the future saving of the planet”.

Scoil Eoin looks forward to the challenges ahead as they begin the quest for their fifth Green Flag, for bio-diversity.

The flag being proudly raised at Scoil Eoin

The flag being proudly raised at Scoil Eoin

Children proudly surround their flag

Children proudly surround their flag

Parents and guests show off the flag.

parents and guests show off the flag.

Derry Canty speaks to the pupils and congratulations them on achieving their 4th Green Flag.

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Mr Conway introduces Guests at the launch of our 4th Green Flag

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Pupils sing Walking to School song commposed by themselves.

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A representative from An Taisce congratulations the pupils on their achievement.

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Mr Bat O’Keeffe spoke to the boys. He did so without a microphone so it may be a little difficult to hear him.

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Some pupils say a few words on what the award means to them.

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Seán Óg Ó hAilpín has a few words of wisdom for the pupils of Scoil Eoin.

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Second Class finish the proceedings with a song they had composed for the occasion.

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A video presentation is at the following site

Raising 4th Green Flag