Thursday was a green letter day for Clontuskert National School outside Ballinasloe. John Mc Intyre Galway senior hurling manager honoured the school by raising their green flag for environmental awareness. This is the second time Clontuskert has achieved The Green Flag and there were huge celebrations in the school to mark the occasion. Parents, students and members of Clontuskert community all gathered eagerly at the school to see John Mc Intyre. John’s grandmother hailed from the Parish of Clontuskert and his cousin Joe Molloy is a prominent member of Clontuskert heritage group. John spoke of the huge accomplishments of the school over the past year including winning the ‘Spike Ball All-Ireland Final’, becoming inaugural Galway spike ball league champions, winning the ‘Discover Primary Science Award’ and now achieving ‘The Green Flag’. He praised the children’s passion in many different areas and highlighted the benefits of playing many sports in youth as each game added to their overall ability. John was amazed at the hard work of the forty-eight children in the school.
Mr. David Kelly from Galway County Council was in attendance on the day. He praised the efforts of the school to educate their students on preservation of the environment. Fr. Michael Finneran Chairperson of the B.O.M. highlighted the strong tradition of care for the environment in the school which had been passed down from former principals Mr. Eamonn Lally and Mrs. Kathleen Campbell to today’s principal Mrs. Kate Murray. The strong links between school and the parent body was shown when Mr. Noel Frehill Chairperson of the Parents association spoke the team and family atmosphere embodied in the school.
Ms. Emil Scott, teacher co-ordinator for the project, introduced the Green School committee and spoke of the huge contribution of each child in the school towards the Green Flag effort. The students themselves then presented an overview of the work they had completed to the assembled guests. The students then performed their self-penned Green School’s Rap before going outside for the raising of the flag. Huge credit is due to the children , Mr. Packie Callaghan and Mr. Brendan Kelly who had worked so hard on the school grounds to ensure that the area was gleaming not just for the day but also throughout the school year. Indeed care for their surroundings does not stop with the raising of the Green Flag as the students are currently completing a mural around their thriving vegetable garden behind the school. Surely all these efforts will provide a legacy for future generations.