Fairview Primary showcases green credentials

Members of the Eco Committee with Mayor Thomas Hogg, Principal Mrs Paula Matthews and Eco Teacher Mr Neil McAllister. INNT 48-812CON
Members of the Eco Committee with Mayor Thomas Hogg, Principal Mrs Paula Matthews and Eco Teacher Mr Neil McAllister. INNT 48-812CON
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Staff and pupils at Fairview Primary welcomed international delegates from the Eco-Schools programme to their school to demonstrate their environmentally friendly approach.

The Ballyclare school was recently awarded the prestigious title of ‘Ambassador Eco-School’, and as they welcomed the delegates, they were able to showcase the good work they have been doing.

Jamie Wilson and Martha Deyermond, from Fairview Primary's Eco-Committee, show their International Eco-Schools guests the willow dome leading into their wildlife outdoor learning area. INNT 48-810CON

Jamie Wilson and Martha Deyermond, from Fairview Primary's Eco-Committee, show their International Eco-Schools guests the willow dome leading into their wildlife outdoor learning area. INNT 48-810CON

Guests were impressed to hear about the school’s ‘Zero Waste’ status and to see all the great work they have been doing on litter prevention, biodiversity, energy saving and much more.

The Eco-Schools event, which highlighted the good work being carried out at the Hillmount Avenue school, was featured on the BBC NI news. The clip can be viewed on the Fairview Twitter feed - @fairviewfps.

The Eco-Schools programme runs in 60 countries around the world, with Australia and Switzerland the newest members. It is the world’s largest environmental education programme, with over 15 million pupils engaged globally.

Northern Ireland began taking part in the programme in 1994 when it was first launched. It is organised here by the environmental charity ‘Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’ and receives support from the Department of the Environment.

International delegates enjoying their tour of the school. INNT 48-813CON

International delegates enjoying their tour of the school. INNT 48-813CON

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan praised the good work being carried out at Fairview.

“One hundred per cent of schools here are Eco-Schools, with Fairview Primary School being a leading participant in the programme,” he said.

For more information about the Eco-Schools programme log on to www.eco-schoolsni.org or call 028 9073 6920.

Martha Deyermond, from Fairview Primary's Eco-Committee, shows International Eco-Schools guests the school's litter sculpture and explains how the school achieved Ambassador Eco-School status. INNT 48-811CON

Martha Deyermond, from Fairview Primary's Eco-Committee, shows International Eco-Schools guests the school's litter sculpture and explains how the school achieved Ambassador Eco-School status. INNT 48-811CON