Mannok, a leading manufacturer of a diverse range of building and food packaging products, and a large local employer, has recently sponsored the purchase and installation of a new twenty-foot polytunnel for local primary school St. Náiles in Kinawley.
The Parent Teacher Association for the school reached out to the company to ask for help and a contribution towards funding a new Polytunnel that was needed by the primary school to offer a stimulating real life learning environment for new learning opportunities like planting flowers and vegetables, as well as providing additional emotional support for students by creating a space for relaxation and fostering mindfulness outside of the usual classroom environment.
St. Náiles have proved their commitment to embracing sustainability and biodiversity by achieving the maximum number of Green Eco Flags for Eco Schools NI and are now progressing towards being Eco Ambassadors. This polytunnel will help in this effort and will serve as an outdoor classroom and a valuable learning experience for the young students and future pupils of the school.
Mrs Martina Brady, School Principal, thanked Mannok for their support saying,
“The entire school community extends heartfelt thanks to Mannok for their generous support and contribution towards the purchase of our newly erected Polytunnel. This valuable addition will not only offer engaging learning experiences for our students but will be instrumental in helping our Eco Council pursue initiatives related to biodiversity and will also serve as a sensory space for relaxation and mindfulness.
Its presence will undoubtedly provide a wonderful and enjoyable space for all the children at St. Náiles Primary School, as well as for a few green-fingered teachers who are eager to explore the joys of gardening. Thank you, Mannok, for making a positive impact on our school community.”
Paul Melanophy, Business Change Manager and Gerry McCartin, Engineering Services Manager at Mannok, both with relations attending the primary school, visited the school for the handover of the polytunnel and commenting on the importance of supporting local schools, Paul Melanophy, said,
“Mannok was happy to support St. Náiles with installation of the new polytunnel to create an outdoor, functioning area that will not only help the children use their imagination but also learn the values of being outside and the nature and environment around them.
We understand the importance of supporting and working in partnership with local schools and groups to raise awareness of sustainability and protecting the environment which is one of three key pillars of our sustainability strategy. We hope the young people enjoy learning more about nature and getting involved in a project to protect and develop their school environment.”
Mannok have previously received widespread recognition and won awards for their wider educational partnership programme which boasts successful established partnerships with St. Michael’s College, Enniskillen, St. Aidan’s, Derrylin, Mount Lourdes, Enniskillen and the more recently established partnership with St. Patrick’s College, Cavan but they have also supported many other local primary and secondary school initiatives and understand the importance of the relationship between education providers, the community and successful local industry.