Minister Alan Kelly TD Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government raised his first green flag at St. Anne’s Secondary School recently with a warm welcome from all the students and staff and beautiful music from the school orchestra.
“This is the first Green Flag that I’ve raised as Minister for the Environment and I’m delighted it’s in my home county. Thank you to St. Anne’s for the invitation. It’s all about getting the message in people’s minds that they have to look after their litter. Once one generation picks it up it will continue and the Green Flag programme is a fantastic initiative for schools,” said Minister Kelly.
Student Laura Corby, representing the Green School’s committee, addressed the Minister, staff and students referring to their pride in securing the flag. The flag was blessed by Archdeacon McGrath before being raised to the heavens by Minister Alan Kelly who also added that he’s hopeful that in the future Tipperary Town might achieve a higher ranking in the Tidy Towns competition and encouraged the students to be proactive in the prevention of litter.
Principal, Colette Treacy said students were encouraged to ensure that the earth is maintained for the next generation.
“Today is a significant step in raising this awareness and it reminds us all of the importance of living in harmony with nature.”
The ceremony concluded with a presentation to the minister of specially crafted cupcakes with an environmental theme, made for the Minister by fifth year student Aoife O’Dwyer.
Chairperson of the Board of Management Matt Kellegher felt this was a huge achievement for the school. “The environment is a huge issue with schools and the trianing the students get now in regards to looking after the environment will service well into the future.”