First Green Flag for Presentation Secondary School, Waterford

Presentation Secondary School held their first ever Green Flag raising ceremony on Monday 21st October.

Students at the school had been working on environmental issues for many years and the school was awarded the title of ‘Waterford’s Tidiest Secondary School’ at the 2012 Waterford City Council Environment Awards.

When the new school building was completed in January 2012 it was seen by management, staff and students as an ideal opportunity to begin working towards the Litter and Waste Green Flag.

A large crowd of mainly third and fifth year students gathered in the school car park, accompanied by school management, teaching staff, representatives of the cleaning staff and school care taker Billy Collins who was on hand to help raise the flag.

Principal, Mrs Mary Ryan commended the members of the Green-schools Committee for all their hard work over the past year.

Chairperson of the Green-schools Committee, Kate Madigan, outlined the work that the committee had done in following the Seven Steps of the Green-schools Programme.

Kate also thanked the school caretakers and cleaning staff for their help and support throughout the application process.

Students formed a guard of honour holding green balloons as the honour of raising the flag went to fifth year student, Katie Frisby and third year representative, Kate Doherty.

There was tremendous applause as Presentation became only the third Waterford City Secondary School to achieve a Green Flag.

The 2013-2014 Green-schools Committee has already started working towards the next Green Flag on the Energy Theme under the Guidance of Geography teachers Ms O’Sullivan and Mrs O’Shaughnessy.