Environment Awareness & Education

St. Gerard's Junior School win Tidy Schools Competition

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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St. Gerard’s Junior School in Bray, wins the 2018 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Tidy Schools competition.

The winners in 2015, St Gerard’s were the unanimous choice of the judges after an entry that impressed in terms of their attention to detail and focus on numerous environmental strands. 

St Gerard’s Green Schools co-ordinator Emma Flanagan and members of the school’s wonderful Green Team accepted the award from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Kate Feeney with the school praised for its pristine green spaces, a zero tolerance approach to litter and many new initiatives introduced to encourage biodiversity in its school grounds.   

20 primary schools were invited to the final of this year’s Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Tidy Schools competition, with representatives attending the awards ceremony in County Hall on Wednesday May 30th.

In addition to St Gerard’s scooping the main prize, there were individual awards accepted by Loreto Dalkey (Biodiversity Award), Harold Boys National School, Dalkey (Little or no Green Space Award) and Queen of Angels, Balally (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 Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Kate Feeney. The overall winner, St Gerard’s Junior School in Bray, was also presented with the prestigious Tidy Schools trophy. 

An Leas Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Kate Feeney, 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.”