Green Flag raised at Portarlington Boys National School

The school was awarded their first flag in 2010 for their work on reducing litter in their school. Each flag takes two years work to achieve. The school has already begun their work on their bid for the 3rd flag, which will be awarded for projects relating to water conservation.

The school was awarded their first flag in 2010 for their work on reducing litter in their school. Each flag takes two years work to achieve. The school has already begun their work on their bid for the 3rd flag, which will be awarded for projects relating to water conservation.

In an effort to get the second flag the school undertook many projects and experiments. They looked at the benefits of insulation rather than turning on the oil, they went on class trips to visit the beach bog and looked at fossil fuels, they went to visit a renewable energy site in Edenderry and they had visits from electricians and engineers talking to the boys about energy.

At the raising of the green flag ceremony, the school band played a few tunes to entertain the crowd. Mr Galvin, school principal praised the efforts of all the boys in the school, with special mention to the green school committee and the green school’s co-ordinator Ms Emer O’Brien.

Orla Fogarty, Offaly County Council green school co-ordinator spoke to the crowd then and congratulated the school on their second green flag. Next was the turn of the hard working woman Emer O’Brien, the driving force behind the whole project. Emer thanked her colleagues, the pupils and the parents for their continued support.

Emer and two 6th class members from the committee, Charlie Evans and Anthony Murphy, raised the flag. The boys were chosen as they have been on the committee for the longest and have made such a huge contribution to the green schools project over the last four years. The flag was raised to a huge applause.

The final speaker of the ceremony was Paul Mitchell, Laois County Council Chairman and ex pupil and teacher of the school who congratulated the school on their proactive approach to dealing with environmental problems. The school band played and the green flag cake was cut.