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Ballymoney Nursery School awarded second Eco-Schools Green Flag

9 June 2015

We were delighted to receive the news that we had been awarded our second Eco-Schools Green Flag.  The children and staff had been working very hard to achieve our environmental targets.  The assessors, Fiona Watters from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Pauline Allen from the Education Authority, commended us on our whole-school approach and the fact that Eco-Schools work is core to our school activities.  They were particularly impressed by our activities to encourage biodiversity in our school grounds.

The Eco-Schools programme is an international environmental education programme operated here in NI by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.


Ballymoney Nursery School awarded its first Eco-Schools Green Flag

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Ballymoney Nursery School was awarded its first Eco-Schools Green flag on 25 March 2009 making it the first Nursery School in the Ballymoney Borough Council area to have achieved a Green Flag.

TIDY Northern Ireland's Eco-Schools manager Colin Latham stated, "This is a wonderful achievement for all of those involved at Ballymoney Nursery School, I was lucky enough to be there today to hand over the flag in conjunction with Ballymoney Borough Council. The enthusiasm of the pupils and their Principal Mrs Martin and her staff throughout the process has been quite infectious. Ballymoney Nursery School is an excellent example of what Eco-Schools is all about as the pupils with the help of their teachers have created a wonderful new garden and outdoor learning area as well as many other projects in their quest to achieve their Green Flag".

Our second Green Flag was awarded in June 2015 and the assessors commented on the strengths of our school.  "We love the whole school approach.  Eco-Schools is core to school activities.  There is lots of involvement with outside organisations.  Children bring messages home.  We loved the experiment with bird-nesting materials."

We are currently applying for our third Green Flag and are focussing on the topics of Healthy Living, Transport and Waste.

Ballymoney Nursery School is an Eco-School

We are:

1. Providing unlimited drinking water in school

2.  Going to take part in the Daily Mile initiative

3.  Preparing healthy meals and snacks in school

4.  Growing our own fruit and vegetables

5.  Recycling our reusable items

6.  Swapping books and games with each other

7. Passing on used school uniform

8. Looking at how we travel to school

9.  Compiling a School Travel Policy

10.  Organising a Walk to School Week.

Our Eco-Code

Our Eco-Schools Action Plan

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