A senior infants pupil from Melview NS was one of the major winners at the recent Irish Water Green Schools ‘Water Schools of the Year’ awards in Dublin on Friday, May 6.
Rachel Walsh, the daughter of Alistair and Jennifer, took top prize in the Eastern Midlands region in the GreenSchools Irish Water Poster Competition in the junior primary school category.
This year’s Poster Competition theme was ‘Be Water Smart’ and the awards recognise the dedication and innovation shown by schools that have been working on the Water theme and are receiving the Green Flag award for Water this year.
Rachel received an iPad as well as a framed copy of her drawing, while nineteen of her school mates also had their work highly commended.
Paying tribute to teacher Audrey Hunt for her hard work with the Green Schools Committee, as well as to Environmental Awareness Officer Gary Brady who continues to support the school in its endeavours, Principal of Melview NS Mary O’Boyle said the school was delighted with its performance in the competition.
“We have two Green Flags and we’re working on our third, for water,” she smiled.
“We have a Green Schools Committee which is very active, there’s great work being done.
“We’re good at conserving energy and Green Schools does really work in how it draws attention to conservation.”
Adding that pupils from all class groups were eager to help out in their bid for more Green Flags, Ms O’Boyle said; “They’re very enthusiastic!”