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Ratheniska National School

Partnering Children on their Developmental Journey

Our First Green Flag



May 22nd last was an exciting day for the school, when four members of our ‘green’ team set off for Athlone to receive our first Green Flag from An Taisce! It had been the culmination of more than two years hard work by all in the school. During that time we had made great progress in reducing both litter and waste in the day to day life of the school.  Our efforts involved litter picking, sorting waste into separate bins and beginning to compost our biodegradable waste. We undertook a number of fun and hands-on analyses of, for example, what we bring to school as lunch packaging and also how much we send to landfill which could actually be recycled. The children took part in a number of projects where they designed posters, fridge magnets and all sorts of creations made from recyclable waste. An important step towards earning our green flag was to come up with a green code for the school and it goes like this:

Pick your waste up off the ground,

Don’t leave litter lying around,

Recycle things – don’t be a fool!

Do all this for our Green School.

A very big thanks needs to go out to all in the school who got actively involved and to the committee members who’ve worked so hard. Our committees have included the following people: Róisín Doheny, Carla Ponsioen, Cillian Grace, Martin Walsh, Conor O’Farrell, James Spillane, Caoimhe Lalor, Harry Silke, Cian O’Toole, Gillian Kelly, Rebecca Keane, Alan Roberts, Joseph O’Byrne, Ellen McLaughlin, Caoimhe Lalor and Adam Dalton. The staff involved are Ms. Dunne, Ms. Dempsey, Ms. Mulhall and Mr. Fennelly.


We’re all looking forward to the flag raising event which will take place on Monday December 10th. We will begin work soon afterwards on our next flag which will focus on the theme of energy.