Three transition year groups represented St Joseph’s College, Summerhill at the Eco Unesco Young Environmentalist final at the Mansion House in Dublin.
The event is Ireland’s largest celebration of youth eco action and is held to recognise the hard work of young people in protecting and conserving their local environment.
Eighty-one groups were selected for the final from over 4,000 young people throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The girls represented the school with pride and were very pleased to showcase their projects to President Michael D. Higgins; Professor Patrick McKeever, Unesco’s Earth Sciences chief; Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke; and Elaine Nevin, national director of Eco Unesco.
Every year the competition is a great success for the transition year students of St Joseph’s College.
To acknowledge the school’s commitment and hard work, teacher Marie Geraghty was presented with the Eco-Leader award 2015 by Minister Sean Sherlock.
The day was a most enjoyable and an enriching experience for all the students involved.
The diverse workshops and speeches on the importance of the environment were truly inspiring. All seven transition year groups got through to the Young Environmentalist semi-finals this year and it was a great achievement and experience. The competition is an important aspect to the transition year programme each year and during the year Eco Unesco representatives visit the school for a workshop and information talk.