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Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Ballymakenny College video wins Green-Schools award

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A still from the winning video shows students from Ballymakenny College ascending to the roof to check on the rainwater capture plant.

A group of students from Drogheda secondary school Ballymakenny College have won the inaugural video category of the Green-Schools Water Competition.

At a virtual awards ceremony yesterday the school was given funds to purchase video equipment to use as part of their Green-Schools work.

Sadhbh McDonough and Emily Reynolds, both members of the Ballymakenny College Green Schools Committee which is dedicated to creating a greener school environment, told Drogheda Life this morning that the theme for the competition this year was "Let's take Climate Action for water."

“There was a new category this year which allowed groups of up to 20 people to submit a video entry” they said. 

“Our video centred around how we use and preserve water in our school, and it featured interviews with the local coast guard and a beach clean in Clogherhead. We spent a day filling bags with both recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish. We manged to fill around 20 bags!

Last year, the committee focused on reducing litter around the school, and improving our recycling efforts.

Ballymakenny College students picking litter at Clogherhead Beach.

“We monitored bins to make sure rubbish was being put in the correct one and we hung posters all over the school letting people know what to recycle and what to throw away. Our efforts paid off when our school was rewarded with a green flag.

“This year we decided to focus on saving water and reducing the amount of single use plastic bottles in the school. Our video talked about how we added a water filter in the cafeteria (so people would be able to fill up their own bottles), how we collect rainwater and use it throughout the school and how we raise awareness of our water usage through posters all over the school.

“We are so grateful for this amazing award, as it gives us so many opportunities to continue making our school a cleaner place and documenting our progress as we do so.

"We really enjoyed this experience and we hope we can continue to improve our school environment"


 Ballymakenny Green school members include: Sadhbh McDonough, Emily Reynolds, Muireann Keogh, Rugile Skersonaite, Samantha Mockute, Sarah Brady, Vitalia  Rosca, Doutimi Fufeyin, Kelly Sava. Lota Cerpa, Issabelle Floyd, Mistura Yusuf, Dearbhla Deffely, Charlotte O'Neil, Amie-Mai O'Donoghue.

Teachers involved: Stephen Flynn, Catherine Murphy. 

Watching yesterday's remote awards ceremony.

Following the awards, Jenny Lawlor of Irish Water, said: “A key part of Irish Water’s role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supplies is helping the next generation understand the importance of conserving water. I am delighted to say that in the past year alone, as a result of this programme, Green-Schools have saved almost 600 million litres of water.

“The success of the participating schools in reducing water usage and raising awareness about water issues really highlights how important it is to learn about the value of water and water conservation from a young age.  That’s why this is such an important programme and one that Irish Water is proud to sponsor.”

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