Knockloughrim pick up best kept award

TEACHERS and pupils at a Mid Ulster school are celebrating after winning a title in a prestigious environmental awards scheme.

Knockloughrim Primary School has been named the North Eastern Education and Library Board’s Best Kept Primary School in the 2012 SuperValu Best Kept School Awards.

The SuperValu Best Kept School Awards are organised annually by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) and sponsored by independent retail group SuperValu. They acknowledge the outstanding commitment of schools to green projects and environmental education.

Almost two hundred schools from across Northern Ireland entered the awards this year and NIAC judges have been travelling the country for months in search of the cleanest, tidiest and most environmentally active schools. Winning schools include those with anti-litter campaigns, wildlife planting schemes and recycling projects.

NIAC Chairman Doreen Muskett MBE commented; “The aim of the SuperValu Best Kept School Awards is to acknowledge the environmental work being done in schools across Northern Ireland, which in turn will help children to develop an interest in the environment as a whole.

“As part of the judging process we look for evidence of pupil participation in environmental projects, and of course clean and tidy school grounds and Knockloughrim Primary School sets a great example in all of these areas.”

Category winners in the awards are presented with a cash prize to help them with their environmental endeavours, along with a personalized sign and a perpetual crystal trophy. Runners up are recognised with a special certificate and a monetary donation. The prize fund for winning schools is £300 per school, with runners up getting £120. The overall winning school – this year Denamona Pre School, Fintona - receives an additional £200.

SuperValu Marketing Manager Briege McGinty added; “SuperValu is proud to support the Best Kept School Awards. We would like to congratulate all of the schools in the Mid Ulster area that took part this year, for the positive impact they have made on their school grounds, the environment and the education of their pupils.”