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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin, welcomed local schools to Warrenpoint Town Hall for the Chairperson’s annual ‘Green Flag’ reception. The reception recognises the achievement of local schools which have obtained their Green Flags as part of the Eco-Schools Programme.

Cathy Gorman Eco Schools Officer, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council with the Eco Councils from ten primary schools, including St Peter's PS Cloughreagh, St. Patrick's PS Hilltown, St. Mary's PS Mullaghbawn, Castlewellan PS who each received their 1st Green Flag, Windsor Hill PS Newry wo received their 2nd Flag, St Laurence O'Toole PS Belleeks who received their 3rd Flag, St. Bronagh's PS Rostrevor with their 3rd Flag, St. Malachy's PS Carnagat with their 4th Flag, Cumran PS Clough Downpatrick with their 8th Flag and Downpatrick Nursery School with their 10th Flag.
Cathy Gorman Eco Schools Officer, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council with the Eco Councils from ten primary schools, including St Peter's PS Cloughreagh, St. Patrick's PS Hilltown, St. Mary's PS Mullaghbawn, Castlewellan PS who each received their 1st Green Flag, Windsor Hill PS Newry wo received their 2nd Flag, St Laurence O'Toole PS Belleeks who received their 3rd Flag, St. Bronagh's PS Rostrevor with their 3rd Flag, St. Malachy's PS Carnagat with their 4th Flag, Cumran PS Clough Downpatrick with their 8th Flag and Downpatrick Nursery School with their 10th Flag.

Cllr Murnin said, “The Green Flag award is internationally recognised and only obtained by schools which have reached the highest of environmental standards.  I want to commend all the staff and pupils for their hard work and especially mention members of their school’s Eco Committees. By taking part in your school’s Committee you have taken the lead and shown that you care about the environment. I look forward to seeing the Green Flags flying proudly outside all your schools.”

This year saw four new schools participating, Saint Peter’s Primary School, Cloughreagh, Saint Mary’s Primary School, Mullaghbawn, Saint Patrick’s Primary School Hilltown and Castlewellan Primary School.

Cathy Gorman, Eco-Schools NI Officer, said, “We are very pleased to once again join Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in celebrating with local pupils and schools which have been awarded the prestigious international Green Flag award. Schools in the area are working on some fantastic projects and the support and encouragement from the Council undoubtedly has contributed to their success.”

Last event for Principal John Campbell retiring from St. Peter's Primary School Cloughreagh with his School Eco Council attending the Eco Flag presentation Ceremony.
Last event for Principal John Campbell retiring from St. Peter's Primary School Cloughreagh with his School Eco Council attending the Eco Flag presentation Ceremony.

Fourteen schools also renewed their Green flag status this academic year with Cumran Primary School, Clough, receiving their flag for an impressive eighth time. Downpatrick Nursery School, which was the first school in the world to receive a Green Flag award, repeated their record-breaking achievement for the tenth time.

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