Fenor N.S. is a three teacher rural primary school located in a coastal village in County Waterford. Fenor N.S. received there first Green-Flag for their work on Waste and Litter in 1999. They have subsequently renewed their flag on the Energy and Water themes.
The committee consists of 20 students from Senior Infants to Sixth Class, 2 teachers, a member of BOM, a parent and a representative of the local Tidy Towns committee. The committee is elected and divided up into sub-committees for example, Litter Co-ordination, Composting, Indoor, Outdoor, Recycling Committees. The committee meets every Friday for 20-30 minutes to monitor and evaluate and to make the forthcoming weeks work rosters, for example, in the case of litter wardens – cleaning of hall and classrooms and school yard boundaries.
One of the actions from the school’s action plan was to become a Coastal Care Group. They have visited their local beach (Kilfarrassey) to carry out litter surveys, identifying types and amounts of litter present and clearing the beach of this litter. They carried out a survey of people using the beach over a three day period, which included joggers, walkers, horses, bathers, surfers, fishermen, and boaters. The school promotes the beach through their school newsletter, beach clean-ups, fun activities on the beach such as sand sculpturing, seashell collection, bird watching. The school actively promotes the beach as a place that all the family can go to. Fenor N.S. put together a beach management plan to restore the aesthetic appeal of Kilfarrassey beach and to increase the amenity and economic value to the whole community and visitors. In addition, sixth class pupils organised a five-a-side soccer tournament during the summer months of 2005, which was a great success!
The school has continued its work on litter & waste and energy. They continue to recycle cans, glass, paper, stamps, Christmas cards and compost.