Midleton CBS Secondary school were announced as the National and the Southern Region Water School of the Year 2017 at the Green School’s water awards in Dublin last Thursday, 4th May. These awards were presented by Green Schools in conjunction with Irish Water for ‘outstanding achievement in improving the environmental quality of the school and the community’.
The Green Schools committee and TY students worked for the last two years on this the school’s third green flag having successfully achieved their Litter & Waste and Energy Green Flags. During April eleven transition year students participated in the Walk for Water in Gougane Barra, raising awareness of the scarcity of water in Africa; the students were required to carry six litres of water for the 6km walk. The TY Green Schools module set up a small rainwater harvesting butt on a garden shed. The water collected is used to water the plants, vegetables and fruits in the school’s polytunnel. They also raised awareness through a poster campaign and talks in the school. The group also conducted water conservation surveys and previously helped with the National Spring Clean in conjunction with Midleton Tidy Towns. This month they have further clean ups planned.
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