Eco-friendly Moyallon Primary also celebrate festival success

Five pupils of Moyallon Primary School who achieved first place in their age groups in the Recorder Solo section of Portadown Music Festival recently. Included in the photo are from left, Adam Hillis (10), first in P8 Boys, Daniel McDowell (8), first in Boys P4, Ella Davison (11) first in P7 Girls, Lucy Toal (8) first in Girls P4, and Matthew Stevenson (9), first in P5  Boys. INPT20-202.

Five pupils of Moyallon Primary School who achieved first place in their age groups in the Recorder Solo section of Portadown Music Festival recently. Included in the photo are from left, Adam Hillis (10), first in P8 Boys, Daniel McDowell (8), first in Boys P4, Ella Davison (11) first in P7 Girls, Lucy Toal (8) first in Girls P4, and Matthew Stevenson (9), first in P5 Boys. INPT20-202.

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It has been an excellent few weeks for Moyallon Primary School.

A particular highlight was the school earning the right to fly the Eco-Schools flag. 
Principal John Priestley explained, “There was great excitement at Moyallon PS when we were visited by the assessor from Eco-Schools. Over the last number of years we have worked our way through the Bronze and Silver Awards and have been working towards our Green Flag.

“The assessor visited us at school and spent the morning with Mrs Orr, our Eco-School co-ordinator, and our Eco committee. He asked them about the work which had been completed in school over the last year. He heard about our Junk Art Day, our switch-off weeks, the work of our gardening club and our drive to ensure that waste is placed in the correct bins meaning that we are recycling well over 70 per cent of the waste we generate in school. Having reviewed the work carried out the assessor was delighted to award us our Green Flag.”

Teacher Mrs Orr said, “Everyone throughout the school has worked hard over the last few years on our Eco projects. We were a little nervous on the day of the assessment but I was very proud of the Eco committee who presented the work which we have completed in such a professional way. We are delighted to be awarded our flag and we will fly it with pride outside school. We now have to ensure that the work carried out continues to be built upon.”

“I am delighted with the award of our Green Flag,” said Mr Priestley, “I am very proud of the work done in school by all of our pupils, the staff who took on all of the projects, the gardening club, the Eco committee and Mrs Orr who guided us so well throughout the whole process.”

During the third week of April 42 of the school’s Primary 4 to Primary 7 pupils took part in the recorder classes at Portadown Music Festival.

“They all worked very hard both at home and in school in preparation for their moment in the spotlight,” said Mr Priestley. ”Our results were fantastic with five of our pupils being placed fourth, six being placed third, five being placed second and five of our pupils returned to school with cups for being placed first in their classes. The cup winners were Lucy Toal (P4), Daniel McDowell (P4), Matthew Stevenson (P5), Adam Hillis (P6) and Ella Davison (P7)

Congratulations to everyone who was brave enough to walk across the stage and perform for the audience

A huge thank you to Miss Hunter, Mrs Andrews, Mrs Best and Mrs Weir for preparing the pupils so well for the festival.