Developing environmental credentials at Oakfield PS

Eco-Schools ambassador Frank Mitchell with Oakfield Primary School pupils at the 20th anniversary celebration. INCT 15-704-CON ECO
Eco-Schools ambassador Frank Mitchell with Oakfield Primary School pupils at the 20th anniversary celebration. INCT 15-704-CON ECO

Young environmentalists from a Carrickfergus school have been developing their green credentials on the back of recent success.

After being awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award, a party from Oakfield Primary School had the opportunity to attend the Eco-Schools 20th anniversary event in Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt, which was organised by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

They were among thousands of young people from across the province who joined in the celebration of the international programme.

Eco-Schools ambassador Frank Mitchell compered the event, a world record attempt was made, Scientific Sue dazzled with an explosive presentation and Junk Kouture treated students to a unique ‘recycled fashion show’.

Helen Cardwell, Oakfield Eco-Schools co-ordinator, commented: “Members of the school’s Eco team had a great day, taking in the various exhibitions and enjoying some practical demonstrations.”

Noting the party had particularly enjoyed watching the award-winning ‘Scientific Sue’s’ science show, Mrs Cardwell added: “The Junk Kouture fashion show was another highlight, and the kids enjoyed looking at the outfits and trying to work out what recycled materials they were made from.

“We also got to do a minibeast hunt, and found lots of interesting creepy crawlies. We also enjoyed meeting Frank Mitchell, who was compere for the event.”

Principal George McCluskey said: I am very proud of Oakfield Primary School in achieving this award and thank Mrs Cardwell for co-ordinating this vital and developing area of school life.

“Congratulations to pupils, parents and entire Eco Club for their team effort in achieving the award.”

The Eco-Schools Green Flag is a recognised and respected eco-label for environmental education.