THERE was great excitement in Rosenallis on 22nd June when their second Green Flag was raised by Rev Fr Tom Walshe. The pupils formed a guard of honour to the school gates as the Green School committee chairperson Chloe Egan, secretary Megan Friel, treasurer Eva Hyland, PRO Jordan Cassidy, committee members Alison Dooley, Sean Wisely, Nick Dunne, and Alison Hyland carried the flag into the school.
The committee did many things throughout the year visiting the Landfill in Portloaise, Kenneth Farrell showed children what items could be recycled such as waste engine oil, newspapers, hard plastic and how the brown bin was for waste foods and old flowers which are made into compost, the bags must have Laois County Council logo and can be bought for €2.50. They created a Green Code, Litter rota, entered the LCC Tidy Primary School Competition and a Green School newsletter.
Karen O’Neill from ROC recycling visited the school and talked about the recycling of paper. Principal Mrs Jackie Hyland welcomed everyone to the raising of the Green Flag. She congratulated the hard work done by the committee, the energy squad and Ms Ann-Marie Purcell teacher who co-ordinated the Green Flag process especially their achievement of being awarded Litter Free Status.
Mrs Hyland spoke of the Energy Squad - Aimee Cuddy and Emma Corcoran who were persistent and sometimes feared in their class visits, ensuring lights were off if it was bright. Aimee and Emma spoke about energy saving and the work that they had done. Nick Dunne and Alison Hyland expressed thanks to the pupils for their work on litter collection, The Green School committee for all their hard work.
Darren Healion, chairman of the board of management thanked Ms Anne Maire Purcell, The Energy Squad, the Green School Committee, staff and pupils of the school he spoke of the successful year the school had had. Visitors were then treated to refreshments and the Green School committee used this as an opportunity to distribute book marks with handy energy saving tips.