In addition to St Laurence’s scooping the main prize, there were individual awards accepted by Our Lady’s of Good Counsel Boys National School (Biodiversity Award), Harold Boys National School, Dalkey (Little or no Green Space Award) and Rathmichael National School (Most Improved Award).
As part of the Tidy Schools initiative, participating schools are judged not only on their cleanliness but also their floral displays, initiatives to support wildlife, litter and waste education and links with their local community to maintain a clean environment. All participating schools received a cash prize and a certificate from An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ossian Smyth. The overall winner, St Laurence’s Boys National School in Kilmacud, was also presented with the prestigious Tidy Schools trophy.
An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Ossian Smyth, presenting the prize to the winning school, remarked “All the children here today are setting an excellent example for everyone in their local communities, their parents, brothers and sisters, neighbours and friends and it is through these young people that we can get the anti litter and environmentally friendly message out into the community.”
Martha Casserly, Environmental Awareness Officer for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, also commented “As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to environmental education, we work closely with schools across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown by providing posters, educational material and practical advice on waste collection, recycling, composting, water and energy conservation and biodiversity. We’re delighted to see so many schools participating in the Tidy Schools competition, and would like to thank and congratulate them all for their efforts.”
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council also runs the Green-Schools programme; provides bags, gloves and litter pickers to local schools for clean-ups; undertakes schools visits to discuss environmental issues, such as litter and waste, energy, water and travel. The Awareness team also provide posters and some educational material to schools in the local area regarding Environmental issues, offering impartial advice regarding waste collections, recycling, and composting, biodiversity, and the conservation of water and energy resources in schools. In addition to the Tidy Schools Competition, the Environmental Awareness team also runs a popular Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition for primary schools each December, and an eco-conference event for secondary schools.