Scoil Eoin has an incredibly strong tradition of environmental care and commitment to environmental issues. Scoil Eoin was the first Primary School in Cork to receive the 20/20 vision Green Flag, for its work in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. 18 years on, we have achieved our 8th Green Flag for our continuing work to protect our environment.
Our Green Schools Committee is hard working and dedicated, spearheaded by the coordinator, Mrs. Healy. On a daily and weekly basis, members of the committee monitor electricity and water use, collect fruit waste for the wormery and are responsible for the upkeep of Scoil Eoin’s gardens. Recycling and keeping waste to a minimum are important aims, that we are realising at a whole school level. The school community are regularly informed about aspects of our latest environmental theme, in the shape of PowerPoint presentations coupled with question and answer sessions, again delivered by our very well informed Green School Committee members. It is hard to believe, but we are one of the few schools in the country working towards our 9th Green Flag!
Memories of our 8th Green Flag Celebration
Scoil Eoin had cause for celebration and great pride on Thursday 3rd October 2019, when the school raised it’s Eighth Green Flag. 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. The focus of Scoil Eoin’s eighth Green Flag, awarded by An Taisce, was on Marine Environment and Marine Biodiversity. With 70% of the planet covered by oceans, the school learned about interesting sea creatures, marine eco-systems, their threats and the work being done to save them. The children and staff in Scoil Eoin have an excellent standard of knowledge, respect and care for the environment through the work engaged in to achieve the eight flags awarded. A litter pick during a field trip to Garretstown Beach was a highlight of this year’s Green Schools activities!
Sanita Puspure, was the natural choice for guest of honour to mark this fantastic occasion. She is an inspiration and incredible role model to everyone in Ballincollig, especially after recently being crowned Rowing World Champion, for the second year in a row. She was delighted to be chosen to raise the flag and was full of praise! “Well done to everyone! It is a wonderful achievement for the whole school! Everybody very well done” She also made a deal that she would happily raise the next flag and hopefully bring her Olympic medal with her!
The school’s success in the Green Schools initiative has been greatly attributed to the dedication of a special group of boys in Scoil Eoin, praised by principal, Gobnait Uí Nuanáin on the day. The committee have carried out their duties under the expert leadership of their coordinator, Mrs. Margaret Healy who thanked the pupils, teachers and staff for their contribution to the many environmental achievements of the school. “The pathway to our eighth Green Flag was made easy by the wonderful, enthusiastic school community we have in Scoil Eoin”. Mrs. Healy acknowledged the pupils enthusiasm for the marine environment theme and spoke of how much “our children want to protect the world”. She also took the opportunity to congratulate special guest, Mr. Tom Butler, chairperson of Ballincollig Tidy Towns, on the wonderful success that Ballincollig enjoyed again at this week’s National Tidy Towns awards, taking home their eighth gold medal as well as the county medal. Eight is certainly a special number in Ballincollig at the moment!