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Belleek school win race to find ‘Greenest teacher’ in the Belfast Harbour and Action Renewables contest

A primary school teacher from Belleek Controlled Primary School in County Fermanagh has been named Northern Ireland’s ‘Green Teacher of the Year’ amid stiff competition in the Belfast Harbour and Action Renewables organised contest.

Mr Kevin Beattie, from Belleek Controlled Primary School, was awarded the coveted first place in the search for primary school teachers who enthuse their pupils about eco issues and inspire them to conserve the environment around them.

Mr Beattie is a keen advocate of conserving the environment and exemplifies this by cycling and running to destinations whenever possible. He also encourages pupils to become ‘Green Warriors’ by composting organic waste, maintaining the school vegetable patch and flower beds, as well as recycling items such as stamps, paper, batteries and school uniforms.

Finalists for the competition were nominated by their pupils and six shortlisted teachers with their classes attended an environmental challenge day at W5.

After presenting the awards, Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:

“I would like to congratulate Mr Beattie on his fantastic achievement and his work in promoting eco issues within his school. It is vital we continue to educate our young people on the importance of protecting the environment, as they will pass on the same message to future generations.”

During the challenge day the classes enjoyed an interactive show about local wildlife, took part in a team building challenge and an ‘Ask the Expert’ session, as well as meeting Webster the Port Monster, Belfast Harbour’s Environmental Guardian.

As well as enjoying the interactive challenge day, Mr Beattie won a luxury hamper and tickets for his class to Titanic Belfast. Each finalist school also received a goody bag and a year’s membership of the RSBP.

All entries received in this year’s competition were judged by a panel of experts including David Knott, Environmental Manager, Belfast Harbour, Laura Coey, Education Officer, Action Renewables, Kate Noble, Environmental Officer, National Trust and finally, Catherine Gleave, Education Officer, RSPB.

The full list of finalists is:

Winner: Mr Kevin Bettie, Belleek Controlled Primary School, Fermanagh

2nd place: Mrs Colette Maguire, St Columbas’s Primary School, Tyrone

3rd place: Mrs Janice Harron, Irvinestown Primary School, Fermanagh

Runner Up: Mrs Lorna Stevenson, Macosquin Primary School, Londonderry

Runner Up: Mrs Fiona Wilson, Augher Central Primary School, Tyrone

Runner Up: Miss Orla Devine, St Joseph’s Primary School, Glenmoran, Tyrone

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