Friday, 20th June, 2014
Today was a very proud day for the Scoil Thomáis school community. Having begun our Green Flag journey in September 2012, we were all thrilled and excited to see our first Green Flag raised in front of the main entrance to the school as a representation of the hard work and effort all of us put into this project since its inception.
Our ceremony took place at 9.30 when members of the Board of Management, the Parents Association and the Green Schools Committee as well as the 3rd - 6th Classes and their teachers assembled in the school hall. They were joined shortly after by Bernard Brogan, a former pupil and renowned Dublin footballer, who kindly came in to raise the flag for us. The scene was similar to that of September 2013 when Bernard and his brother, Alan, came into the school with the Sam Maguire but, to mark this particular occasion, the pupils and teachers dressed in green instead of the blue and navy worn before.
There were contributions from a number of speakers. The school principal, Ms McGarry, spoke first. She expressed her appreciation for the work and effort put in by everyone involved in getting the Green Flag. Ms O'Keeffe, one of the Green Schools Co-ordinators in the school, took to the mic next. She echoed Ms McGarry's sentiments and, with the assistance of the wonderful pupils on the Green Team, summarised the process and the reasons why we got the Green Flag. The pupils in the hall then engaged in a rousing rendition of our official Green Schools song 'Let's Make Our School Beautiful'. Finally Bernard Brogan spoke and congratulated us on winning the flag.
Following the speeches, everybody left the hall and joined the Junior Infant - 2nd Class pupils and their teachers who were already sitting ready around the flag pole in preparation for the main event. The pupils in Ms Healy's 2nd class sang a lovely recycling song and then Bernard proceeded to raise the flag to the accompaniment of a drumroll from Samuel Khan in 6th Class. There was a huge round of applause as the Green Flag flew proudly above the school for the first time.
A special word of thanks to our Green Schools Committee which includes pupils from 3rd to 6th class, our co-ordinating teachers Ms O'Keeffe, Ms Healy, Ms Reilly and Ms McNeela, as well as our caretakers, Eamon and Kevin, our SNAs, Kay and Ger, and Bríd Rushe.
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