5th Green Flag Success for St.. Aidan’s under the theme of Biodiversity
St. Aidan’s has achieved the success of five Green Flags since 2006 under the themes of Litter & Waste (2006), Energy (2010), Water (2012), Travel (2015) and Biodiversity (2019). The success criteria behind the Green Flags began by instilling an awareness in the student body on the importance of environmental issues and to think of protecting our environment for future generations to come. In 2016 St. Aidan’s celebrated 50 years of education in the Cootehill area. To link in our Green-Schools theme under Biodiversity a beautiful garden was designed by Barry Kavanagh as a living memory dedicated to past and present staff and students. The garden includes a wetland area, a woodland area, native hedge rows, a wildflower area, a range of shrubbery, a living wall, bat boxes, bird feeders and an outdoor classroom with a range of benches dedicated to past, present and future staff and students designed by Mr. Fitzsimons (Woodwork Teacher) A time capsule is placed in the centre of the design. A huge thank you must go to our horticulture teacher Ms. Joanne Corbett who worked on the planning of our Biodiversity garden. Our Green Flag success has made both staff and students more aware of their contribution to conserving our environment and reducing our carbon footprint in the years and decades ahead. A huge thank you to everybody who helped in any way in achieving our Green Flag success. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!