Ballyclare’s Fairview Primary School has been presented with a prestigious ‘green’ schools title at this year’s SSE Airtricity awards.
The 2015 SSE Airtricity and Eco-Schools Global Wind Awards event is part of the Eco-Schools programme run by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
The initiative is sponsored by SSE Airtricity and supported by the Department of the Environment.
Fairview Primary came first in the primary category of the Eco-Committee of the Year Award, which recognised the special role of the school’s Eco-Committee in helping drive the Eco-Schools programme within the school.
This year saw the school renew their internationally-recognised Green Flag award for the third time.
The school is acknowledged as outstanding in the amount of environmental projects it is involved in, and the strength of its actions in school and their communities.
Fairview Primary also scooped the title of Northern Ireland’s leading primary school in Operation Energy Project of the Year, which recognises the special efforts made by the school in studying the Eco-Schools Energy topic.
On the day, pupils enjoyed a special guided tour of SSE Airtricity’s 76MW Slieve Kirk Wind Park, and experienced the power of wind up close, even getting the chance to go inside the turbines.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkhan, who presented the awards, said: “These awards are an important and fitting recognition of the efforts of our young people, teachers and also their wider families in looking after our environment and saving energy.
“Whenever I visit Eco-Schools I see the passion, pride and potential of the people who will be the next generation of leaders and workers in all walks of life.
“All entrants should be very proud of your work.
“Seeing the energy and enthusiasm displayed by all of you, and the other Eco-Schools, gives me tremendous hope for the future of our environment.”
Operation Energy is a free teaching resource and is available at www.operation-energy.com
To learn more about the Eco-Schools project visit www.eco-schoolsni.org