Ballyclare pupils celebrate their Green Flag award

Teachers Dr Adrian Witherow and Mr Michael Bell with some of the members of the Ballyclare High School Eco-Club.
Teachers Dr Adrian Witherow and Mr Michael Bell with some of the members of the Ballyclare High School Eco-Club.

BALLYCLARE High School has been awarded the internationally acclaimed Eco Schools Green Flag status.

The coveted Green Flag is awarded to schools that exhibit proactive environmental work, covering topics such as health and wellbeing, waste management, anti-littering, transport, biodiversity, improvement of school grounds, sustainability and energy efficiency.

The work undertaken by pupils and staff at Ballyclare High School over the last four years integrates sustainable development issues into the curriculum and has earned them their first Green Flag.

Dr Adrian Witherow and Mr Michael Bell, the school’s Eco-Club Co-ordinators, stated: “We have achieved the Green Flag Award because the whole school community has worked together as a team, spearheaded by the Eco-Club. Ballyclare High School has taken a proactive approach to environmental issues over the last four years with a growing momentum which now involves considerable numbers of staff and students.

“The Eco Schools Bronze Award was presented in 2010 and the Silver Award in 2011 leading to this end result which we will sustain and develop. We are especially proud of this award as it puts us amongst the few post-primary schools in Northern Ireland to have achieved this level of recognition. The Eco-Club would particularly like to thank the Building Supervisors, especially Mrs Margaret Christie who has worked tirelessly to create a school we can all be proud of.”

Meanwhile, Ballyclare High School has recently been successful in a number of other environmental competitions such as securing gold in the RSPB’s Wildlife Action Award and runner-up in the SuperValu Best Kept School Awards. In addition to this, the Rashee Road school is now a ‘Fairtrade School’ - another achievement which reflects its growing focus on promoting sustainability and championing environmental issues.