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Presentation Secondary School, Listowel - Green Flag

Presentation Secondary School Listowel played host to Minister Jimmy Deenihan (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) when he visited the school on Friday, 30th November, 2012 to raise their first Green Flag for Litter and Waste.

Students and Staff were all delighted that he could join them at their flag raising ceremony.

Also in attendance were Sr. Anne O’Leary and Sr. Julie Watson, representing the Presentation Sisters Leadership Team, Mr. Mike Sheehy, Chairperson the Board of Management, Mr. Christy O’Mahony, Chairperson Parents Council and Member of the Board of Management , Mr. Jimmy Moloney and Mrs. Mary O’Hanlon, representatives of Listowel Tidy Towns Committee.

Also present at the green flag ceremony were Sr. Consolata Bracken, former Principal, Presentation Secondary School, Listowel and Sr. Eileen Leen, retired staff member of Presentation Primary School, Listowel.

Green Flag awards form part of the Green School initiative which is an international environmental education programme offering well defined and planned approaches to schools to incorporate environmental issues into the curriculum and to apply them to the day to day running of the school.

An Taisce set up the Green Schools with local authorities throughout Ireland.

The Green Schools is in operation for 16 years and there are in excess of 90 successful schools in Kerry flying the Green Flag for environmental excellence, most of these however are primary schools and there is great emphasis on encouraging second level schools to join.

Environmental issues are central to the ethos of the Presentation Sisters.

In Ballygriffin, Co Cork, the birthplace of their founder Nano Nagel, the Sisters farm in a sustainable way producing organic crops as well as running a centre which promotes green issues both in a spiritual and practical manner.

Pictured above are Presentation Secondary School, Listowel staff with Minister Deenihan.

On launching the flag, Minister Deenihan praised the school for their great success in minimalising waste within the school, increasing the amount of recyclable waste and the great reduction in waste being disposed in landfill sites.

These sentiments were also expressed by Mr. Michael O’Coleain, Kerry County Council Environmental Officer who inspected the school in March 2012 and awarded them the Green Flag.

Minister Deenihan also commended the students for their involvement in litter picking on a weekly basis within the town and their participation in the April Spring Clean activity.

Minister Deenihan wished the school well in their endeavours in achieving their second flag on Energy Efficency which they hope to be awarded in 2014.

A traditional group entertained the Minister, invited guests and all the school community with selected tunes.

These students again played a sombre tune for the actual launch of the flag which was very appropriate and moving.

On the Ministers arrival, he was greeted by four members of the Green Schools Committee holding a beautiful banner shown below, which was created by Transition Year students in honour of the occasion under the supervision of their Art Teacher, Ms. Claire O’Riordan.

Sr. Nuala O’Leary, the School Principal praised all those who had worked so hard to achieve the Green Flag.