Clough NS celebrated the launch of the fourth international Green Flag on Thursday June 12 with a fun packed day for all.
The theme this time was Travel.
The flag was raised by Mr Mikey Hyland who has been a wonderful support to the school over many years, especially in the area of transport, sport and presently as caretaker of the school. Mikey was assisted in the flag-raising by the youngest pupil, Grace Pearson.
The celebrations began with a three and half kilometre walk by all pupils, staff and many parents as well as members of the wider community. This was followed by the flag raising ceremony. The parents committee and the school then provided delicious refreshments for all. The ice-cream man also paid a visit on the day.
The Green Flag award for travel is a wonderful achievement for the school and is the culmination of two years of hard work by the Green Schools Committee, supported by all the pupils, staff, parents and wider community.
Four members of the committee travelled to Athlone in May to receive the flag at the An Taisce Green Flag Awards Ceremony. The school had worked very hard to fulfil the seven steps required by An Taisce for obtaining the Green Flag. The committee would like the thank An Taisce’s Travel Officer, Mieke Scholt and also Sarah Fitzgerald, former Travel Officer as well as Anne-Marie Kelly, Environmental Awareness Officer with Laois County Council, for their help and support on the Green Schools Travel Programme.