Pupils and teachers at a Ballymoney school are celebrating after winning a prestigious award for their environmental projects.
Ballymoney Nursery School has been named the North Eastern Education and Library Board’s Best Kept Pre Primary school in the 2011 SuperValu Best Kept School Awards.
The Best Kept Awards are organised annually by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) and sponsored by independent retail group SuperValu.
NIAC announced the province’s Best Kept Schools at an event on June 7.
Almost two hundred schools across Northern Ireland entered the awards this year and NIAC judges have been on the road inspecting them since March, to find the cleanest, tidiest and most environmentally active schools. Winning schools include those with anti-litter campaigns, wildlife planting schemes and recycling projects.
NIAC President Doreen Muskett MBE commented; “The SuperValu Best Kept School Awards were established as a way of encouraging young people to develop an interest in their school grounds and the environment generally. Every year our judges are impressed by the work being done at hundreds of schools across Northern Ireland and we recognise the cleanest and greenest ones with awards.
“As part of the judging process we look for evidence of pupil participation in environmental projects, and of course clean and tidy school grounds. Ballymoney Nursery School is a shining example in all of these areas.”
Ballymoney Nursery School has been awarded a monetary prize to help them with their environmental endeavours all category winners receive 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 receives an additional £200.
The overall winning school for 2011, Northern Ireland’s Best Kept School, is St. Brigid’s Primary School, Mayogall, Magherafelt.
Peter McCool, owner of the Ballymoney SuperValu store added; “SuperValu is proud to give its ongoing support to the Best Kept School Awards. We would like to congratulate all of the participating schools in Ballymoney, and particularly Ballymoney Nursery School as a winner, for the difference they are making to their school grounds and the environment.”
Information about the SuperValu Best Kept School Awards can be obtained from NIAC on 028 9040 3681 or visit www.niacbestkept.com