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In North Monastery Secondary School we are proud holders of the Amber Flag for Mental Health, the Green Flag for the Environment, and the Yellow Flag for Diversity. Here you can find updates on what our committees are up to:

Amber Flag


Amber Flag is awarded to schools who promote wellbeing and mental health within their school community. The Amber flag is award by Pieta, mental health services. We were first awarded the Amber Flag in May 2015 and renewed again in 2016.

Mental health programmes are promoted from junior cycle to senior cycle, with a particular focus in our Transition Year Programme. Students attend the annual Cork Mental Health Seminar and in conjunction with Youth Work Ireland (Cork) and the HSE we provide the ‘Mind Your Head’ programme. Over the years this programme has long-term positive mental health awareness programmes within our school and the wider community.

Our mental health policy ensure that we promote mental health throughout the year either within our curriculum or through our annual Mental Health Awareness Day, our Mental Health Awareness Information Board, fundraising for Mental Health charities and our long-term commitment to positive mental health within our SPHE programmes.

Our school routinely monitors and reviews our Mental Health Policy.

If you would like to contact a member of staff in relation to this please e-mail careers@northmonastery.ie

Green Flag



The Green Flag Committee plays a vital role in leading environmental stewardship within our school and the wider community.  Our dedicated team made up of students and staff lead the way as we attempt to meet the ‘7- step programme’ as initiated by the Green-Schools Programme.

In the North Monastery Secondary School, we promote active citizenship and care for our environment everyday within our teaching and within our community.Green Flag Awards: 

North Monastery Secondary School is proud of its current Green Flag status for waste management & recycling, energy, and water consumption. We will begin on the next phase of the flag from September 2020.


Our Green Schools Committee is made up of teaching staff and students from across each year group. They meet every Monday at lunchtime to hold meetings regarding projects being run in the school. Committee members for 2022-2023 include:

  • Chairperson:
  • Secretary:
  • Green Flag Coordinator: Mr. Ruby
  • Teaching staff: Mr. Barry, Mr. Coughlan
  • Students: Eoin. Mc Philbin, Cian Boland, Tyrek Odebiyi, Presley Osagie, Evan Lucey, Sean O’ Lynch, Diarmuid Lyons, Daniel Leahy and Piotr Pawlowski.

Latest Updates:

April 2020 

  • We are awarded our 3rd Green Flag for water consumption, once school resumes in the next academic year we will celebrate this important milestone.

September 2019

  • The Green Schools Committee and members of our Politics and Society class participated in the ‘Big Beach Clean’ in September and they attended a water workshop in the Lifetime Lab at the beginning of October.
  • Students were also involved in the #Strike4Climate protest on September 21, 2019.

Contact our Green Schools Committee at k.ruby@northmonastery.ie.

Learn more: greenschoolsireland.org

Yellow Flag


North Monastery Secondary School was the first secondary school in Cork City and County to be awarded the flag that promotes interculturalism, equality, and diversity.

Within our school, we have over 22 different nationalities from Ireland, Poland, Ukraine, the UK, Etheria, Nigeria, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Japan, China to name a few. While English and Irish are the main languages in which our teaching and learning takes place.  Our school is home to 23 different languages and dialects these include Polish, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Chinese, Latvia, Romanian and Lithuanian.

Our school was first awarded the flag in 2014 and again in 2018. We follow an 8-step programme, which includes Anti-Racism training and awareness programmes within our community, curriculum and policy work.

If you would like to contact us in relation to this programme please e-mail c.dunlea@northmonastery.ie.

For more information: www.yellowflag.ie