dlr has announced St. Laurence’s Boys National School, Stillorgan, as the winners of the 2017 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Tidy Schools competition.
St Laurence’s, last year’s runners up, created a prehistoric garden filled with ancient looking plants and a pizza garden full of plants used in pizza toppings. They also installed a new frog pond in an effort to impress the judges! Their efforts were rewarded when An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cormac Devlin, presented the prestigious Tidy Schools Trophy in front of the RTÉ cameras to the school representatives in a ceremony at County Hall today. All participating schools receive a cash prize and a certificate from An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Cormac Devlin.
As part of the Tidy Schools initiative, participating schools are judged not only on their cleanliness but also their floral displays, initiatives to support wildlife, litter and waste education and links with their local community to maintain a clean environment.
An Cathaoirleach, presenting the prize to the winning school, said: “All the children here today are setting an excellent example for everyone in their local communities, their parents, brothers and sisters, neighbours and friends and it is through these young people that we can get the anti-litter and environmentally friendly message out into the community. I’m delighted to see so many schools participating in the Tidy Schools competition, and I would like to thank and congratulate them all for their efforts.”
Dean Eaton, Assistant Environmental Awareness Officer, also commented “As part of the Council’s on-going commitment to environmental education, we work closely with schools across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown by providing posters, educational material and practical advice on waste collection, recycling, composting, water and energy conservation and biodiversity.”
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council also runs the Green Schools programme; providing bags, gloves and litter pickers to local schools for clean-ups; and undertaking school visits to discuss environmental issues, such as litter and waste, energy, water and travel. The Awareness team also provide posters and educational material to schools in the local area regarding Environmental issues, offering impartial advice regarding waste collections, recycling, and composting, biodiversity, and the conservation of water and energy resources in schools.
In addition to the Tidy Schools Competition, the Environmental Awareness team also runs a popular Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition for primary schools each December, and an eco-conference event for secondary schools.