THE Kilkenny School Project National School (KSP) has received its first Health Promoting Schools Flag, awarded by the HSE.
The achievement was celebrated along with the school’s ninth Green Flag, at a flag-raising ceremony.
Guests of Honour, Meabh McGuinness of the HSE and Stephanie McDermott, former parent and human rights activist, presented the two new flags.
Words of wisdom on health promotion and Global Citizenship and Marine Environment, the theme of the Green Flag, were eagerly listened to by almost 250 students and staff.
The Health Promoting Schools Programme rewards schools that can demonstrate a focus on health and wellbeing.
Benefits to schools that adopt a holistic approach to health and wellbeing include increased self-esteem for the students, safer and cleaner school environments, lowered incidences of bullying and a more positive approach to health.
Green Flags are part of an international environmental education programme.
Run by An Taisce, in conjunction with the Local Authority, it is designed to raise students’ awareness of environmental and sustainability issues through classroom study.
School Principal Mary Nicholson said: “The children and the entire school staff are thrilled to receive our health and green flags.
“I extend our thanks to the Green-Schools Committee and the HPS Committee for their tremendous effort and energy in successfully completing these achievements.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability and health promotion, with the support of Kilkenny County Council’s Waste Prevention Programme, the KSP pupils and Parent Teacher Association, headed up by Zsofia Szommer, developed an organic garden on the school grounds.
Each class has responsibility for tending to a section of the garden and children learn about growing vegetables, herbs and other plants.