Fair Hill winners join Eco celebrations

Pictured with staff and pupils from Fair Hill Primary School who were receiving an award for Energy Ambassador School are Tony Wilcox Chair of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Josh Bradley SSE Airtricity, Daniel Schaffer, Foundation for Environmental Education and Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan
Pictured with staff and pupils from Fair Hill Primary School who were receiving an award for Energy Ambassador School are Tony Wilcox Chair of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Josh Bradley SSE Airtricity, Daniel Schaffer, Foundation for Environmental Education and Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan

Pupils at Kinallen’s Fair Hill Primary School are among thousands from across Northern Ireland who have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Eco-Schools Programme.

Operated by environmental charity, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, supported by DOE and sponsored by SSE Airtricity, Eco-Schools Northern Ireland is the first in the world to reach 100% of schools registered on the programme.

Fair Hill recently received an Energy Ambassador School award under the programme, created to thank pupils and teachers for their dedication and to provide a forum to inspire new ideas.

Celebrations included a special event - compered by Eco-Schools Ambassador Frank Mitchell - at Magherfelt’s Meadowbank Sports Arena.

There, a World Record attempt was made:,Scientific Sue dazzled with an explosive presentation and Junk Kouture treated students to a unique ‘recycled fashion show’.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “I would like to acknowledge the dedication and commitment shown by both staff and pupils throughout the North over the last 20 years of the Eco-Schools programme.

“I am delighted that every school in Northern Ireland is now an Eco-School, the first region in the world to achieve this distinction.”