St PATRICK's Primary School, Holywood, are celebrating after three of their teachers came a close second in the search for Northern Ireland's Green Teacher of the Year awards.
Mrs Marie Turney, Mr Peter Nichol and Mr Ryan Gibson from St Patrick's Primary claimed the silver prize in the province-wide search for primary school teachers who take responsibility for the environment and eco issues.
The work of the three teachers to encourage pupils to recycle plastic and batteries, pick up litter, turn off electricity and started a school eco team was rewarded in the competition, organised by Belfast Harbour and Action Renewables.
Over 600 entries were received and judged by a panel of experts including David Knott, Environmental manager at Belfast Harbour, Angus Waddington, Associate at Todd Architects; Clare McAllister, senior customer relations manager at Electric Ireland; Kate Noble, head of energy and environmental practices at the National Trust and Laura Coey, education officer at Action Renewables.
The awards came to a fun finale at an environmental challenge day at W5 during which shortlisted teachers and their classes enjoyed an interactive 'Talking Rubbish' show, took part in a team challenge to create and build wind turbines, as well as meeting Webster the Port Monster, Belfast Harbour's Environmental Guardian.
Opening the day, Environment Minister, Alex Attwood said: "The teachers whom we celebrate today have inspired their charges in school to make a difference by leading by example and that is the best teaching of all."