Newry schools win best kept awards

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

St Malachy’s Primary School has won in the Best Kept Primary School category in the Southern Education Authority at the Best Kept School Awards, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport.

Also honoured at the awards was St Malachy’s Nursery School, which received the award for the Best Kept Pre-Primary School in the same region.

Over 100 representatives from 28 schools across Northern Ireland gathered at Victoria College recently for the Northern Ireland Amenity Council’s Best Kept School Awards ceremony.

The Primary School and Nursery won after impressing judges with their use of outdoor space to create an engaging and educational environment for pupils and encouraging parental participation in their eco-activities, giving a sense of purpose to all involved.

Speaking at the awards, Doreen Muskett, President of the NI Amenity Council, said, “Each year the standard of applications rises with schools across Northern Ireland wanting to make a difference to their community and our judges faced a difficult decision this year in choosing the winners.



“As the Best Kept School, St Malachy’s Nursery School and St Malachy’s Primary School demonstrated outstanding leadership in their community, promoting outdoor activities that are go from strength to strength. The whole school got involved to make the environment a more enjoyable one for pupils, teachers and parents.

“The Best Kept School Awards is a wonderful chance for schools to demonstrate their commitment to the environment and sustainability, equip their pupils for with practical skills for the future and show Northern Ireland the tremendous work that happens behind the scenes every day.”

The Best Kept School category has been running for 27 years after being introduced to the Best Kept Awards in 1991. The category has grown since its inception and now awards the top Pre-Primary, Primary and Post-Primary schools in each region.



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