10 July 2012

Fitzgerald Raises Scoil Áine's Green Flag

Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, joined Scoil Áine Primary School, Clondalkin, and raised their second Green Flag.

“I was delighted to celebrate this important achievement for Scoil Áine. A lot of work went into achieving this second flag with the students learning how to reduce, reuse and recycle. As well as fostering an understanding of their environment, the Green Flag programme helps the school community bond together and reduce energy bills too,” said Fitzgerald.

The Green Flag is an award for schools participating in the Green Schools Programme where pupils learn how to be more environmentally aware.

“As always, children are really putting us adults to shame with their knowledge and positive action to help protect our environment. They have assured me that they will make sure that they will bring their new information home and make sure that their families become more eco- aware too,” said Fitzgerald.

On the day, Minister Fitzgerald heard songs composed by the teachers and students promoting a green message as well as hearing from the students on how they made sure that their fellow classmates were being environmentally friendly.

“I was very impressed with the talent on show in Scoil Áine. I think I’ve found the X-Factor stars of the future. The children are a credit to the teachers, especially the Green Schools coordinator Tríona Kilbride and their Principal Marie Beattie, as well as the board of management and parents,” concluded Fitzgerald