Larne Grammar School makes the grade in Best Kept awards

Larne Grammar is confirmed as the best kept school in the North East. Pictured are (from left) NI Amenity Council chairman Doreen Muskett, Jimmy Christie, Kyle McRoberts, Benice Tasnadi and Nathan Hull. INLT 20-646-CON

Larne Grammar is confirmed as the best kept school in the North East. Pictured are (from left) NI Amenity Council chairman Doreen Muskett, Jimmy Christie, Kyle McRoberts, Benice Tasnadi and Nathan Hull. INLT 20-646-CON

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Teachers and pupils at a Larne school are celebrating after scooping a title in a high profile environmental awards scheme.

Larne Grammar School came runner-up in the Post Primary category of the 2013 Best Kept School Awards, for the North Eastern Education and Library Board region.

The Best Kept School Awards are organised annually by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) and acknowledge the outstanding commitment of local schools to green projects and environmental education.

Almost 200 hundred schools from across Northern Ireland entered the awards this year and NIAC judges have been travelling the country for months in search of the cleanest, tidiest and most environmentally active schools. Winning schools include those with recycling projects, wildlife areas and anti-litter campaigns.

NIAC chairman Doreen Muskett commented: “The Best Kept School Awards were set up to acknowledge the great environmental work being done in schools across Northern Ireland, which is encouraging children to develop an interest in the natural world and how we impact on it.

“As part of the judging process we look for evidence of pupil participation in environmental projects, and of course clean and tidy school grounds, and Larne Grammar School is just wonderful on all these fronts. Top marks for this school!”

Category winners in the awards are presented with a cash prize to help them with their environmental endeavours, along with a personalized sign and a perpetual crystal trophy.

Runners up are recognised with a special certificate and a monetary donation. The overall winning school – this year St Joseph’s Primary School, Carryduff - receives an additional cash prize.

Visit www.niacbestkept.com for a full list of winners and more information on the Best Kept School Awards.