Flag Raising Ceremonies for Green Schools
and Digital Schools of Distinction
On Tuesday June 27th we celebrated two
fantastic achievements, our first Green Flag and
the Digital Schools’ of Distinction award with a
flag raising ceremony.
The ceremony opened with a Green School song
composed especially for the day by the children
of the school.
Following on from this Ms. Kennelly welcomed
everyone – parents, children, staff, Board of
Management and our special guests Rose
Kinehan, former principal of the school and
Gerard McHugh chairperson of the Digital
Schools of Distinction Award and Director of
Dublin West Education centre and Fiona
Thomas assessor with the Digital Schools
of Distinction award.
Helen Arnold, our chairperson spoke about how
wonderfully confident and competent the
Children are with I.T. in our school. Children
from every class spoke about how I.T. enhances
their everyday school life and what it means to
them to be part of a Digital School of
They told us about coding with Scratch,
using online sites such as ixl.ie researching
projects and lots more.
Following on from this Gerard McHugh, who had
travelled all the way from Dublin to be with us on
the day, spoke about the Digital Schools of
Distinction Programme and we learned that
Bishop O’Brien N.S. is in the first four hundred
Schools in the country to achieve the award.
Gerard McHugh then proceeded to
raise the Digital Schools of Distinction flag with
the oldest child in the school C. Kingston.
Next we turned our attention to our first Green
Children from the Green School Committee spoke
about our two year campaign to achieve the flag
The whole school then proceeded to perform our
Green School code in a rap using body
Ms. O’Sullivan proceeded to raise the Green
School Flag with the youngest child in the school
Following a great big cheer, the children closed
the ceremony with their Green School Song
The children were treated to ice-creams after the
ceremony! It was a wonderful occasion for our whole
Below are some photographs from the day taken
by the wonderful Una Finn.