Pres girls go green with gusto

Students from St Brigid’s Presentation who embraced the walk to school initiative

A KILLARNEY secondary school has left others green with envy following its success in a nationwide environmental awareness project.

St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School received a green flag and three recognition flags for litter and waste management, energy awareness and water conservation in the national Green Schools initiative.

Green School co-ordinator and teacher Sheree Murphy

The school embraced different initiatives from bulb planting, litter picking, cycle workshop and banning on single use plastic and it was also recognised for its initiatives on travel with students opting to walk or cycle to and from school instead of being dropped off and collected at the gates.

Principal Roisin Moore has praised the work of St Brigid’s Green Schools Coordinator, Sheree Murphy, and the transition year students for coordinating the various initiatives.

The school has worked closely with Killarney Municipal District Officer, Eileen O’Donoghue and the Killarney Tidy Towns committee to encourage more walking, cycling, park and striding and car-pooling.

“The school has seen great statistically evidence in the alternative methods of travelling to school. In just two years we have seen an increase in the number of students walking, cycling and car-pooling. It is great to see this increase from year one to year despite there being more students in the school in year two,” said Sheree Murphy.

“Unfortunately, due the current situation, there will be no Green-Schools Awards ceremonies this year but we look forward to receiving our Green Flag and certificate and we look forward to the raising of the flag in September,” she added.

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