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Ballymoney Nursery School awarded second Eco-Schools Green Flag

We are delighted to receive the news that we have been awarded our second Eco-Schools Green Flag.  The children and staff have 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 receives its first Eco-Schools Green Flag

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

Eco-Schools is an international programme operating in 45 countries to a high environmental standard. Over a third of Northern Ireland's schools have registered on the programme to date with more signing up every day. There are over 26,000 schools and 6 million pupils participating in the programme throughout the world which is operated locally by TIDY Northern Ireland.

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".

The Green Flag is the ultimate award for those who are actively involved in continuously improving their environmental performance. So far this academic year in Northern Ireland, 31 Green Flags have been awarded with a total of 120 awarded to date overall.

Colin Latham added. "I would also like to thank Councillor Robinson of Ballymoney Borough Council, for attending this flag presentation and the recognition that is being giving to Ballymoney Nursery school in achieving their first Green Flag. I hope it would encourage all schools in the borough to become involved with this fantastic programme that is Eco-Schools and we are very lucky to have the support of the Council in looking to achieve this goal".

Ballymoney Nursery School is an Eco-School

We are:

  1. Trying to reduce the amount of electricity we use
  2. Picking up litter in the school grounds to make it neat and tidy
  3. Recycling paper, milk bottles, batteries and school uniform
  4. Looking at the wildlife in our school grounds
  5. Growing green plants in our classrooms
  6. Planting vegetables outside
  7. Going to get a water butt to re-use rain water
  8. Going to have a Walk to School Day

Our Eco-Schools Action Plan

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