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Monastery N.S. Scoop Top Awards at Louth County Council G.R.O.W. Awards 2019

Monastery N.S. are once again celebrating success after their attendance at the Louth County Council G.R.O.W. Awards 2019. G.R.O.W. stands for Green, Renewable, Organic and Waste-free; all elements that are central to the Monastery N.S. environmental ethos. The G.R.O.W. awards celebrate the incredible environmental work being done in schools throughout the county. In attendance at the awards to represent Monastery N.S. were teachers Ms.Sheila McKeown and Ms. Claire McCabe with 5 class pupils Philip Ross, Seán Haughey and Adam Keenan.

Monastery N.S. were thrilled to comfortably retain their five star status at the G.R.O.W. Awards 2019 thanks to the efforts of their dedicated environmental committee and whole school community. An even greater honour came when
School of the Year for the Municipal District of Ardee was awarded to Monastery N.S. This is the third time the school has received this award. The pupils were delighted to proudly carry the trophy back to their fellow pupils and were met with huge cheers of celebration!

The school has been blessed with a fantastic new committee for 2018/19 put together by Ms. McKeown, environmental coordinator. School teacher Ms. McCabe also joined the committee this year and has been a wonderful asset, helping the boys in many aspects of their environmental work. Both Ms. McKeown and Ms. McCabe have worked tirelessly with the environmental committee, supporting them in their work towards their ninth Green Flag for
Global Citizenship: Marine Environment. The committee has also received the backing of their ever-obliging caretaker Philip Rogers.

Pupils took part in a competition to show off their environmental interests in order to earn their place on the Committee. One sixth class pupil,
Jamie Callaghan, stood out unequivocally to the G.R.O.W. Awards Judges as the Junior Environmentalist of the Year 2019 for the Municipal District of Ardee. Jamie is a leader amongst his peers when it comes to environmental issues and has been a fantastic addition to the committee. The school is very pleased to have Jamie’s efforts recognised by Louth County Council at the awards this year.

The environmental committee could not achieve its success without the assistance of a hugely supportive school community. All of the teachers and staff of the school under Principal Jim McGee have combined to create a truly unstoppable environmental team. As the
G.R.O.W. judges remarked “This school ticks all the boxes!”


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