Recently, the school has started the journey to become a Green Flag Award Eco-School. The Eco-Schools programme is designed to raise environmental awareness amongst young people and improve the school environment. The programme focuses on a range of environmental topics and engages the whole school and its wider community.
The first aim of the programme is to work towards achieving the Bronze Award. From this point, schools then seek to achieve Silver and then, hopefully, their first Green Flag.
Towards the end of the last school year, class elections were held to choose new school Eco-Monitors. We witnessed wonderful enthusiasm from the children to help their environment and 10 Eco-Monitors were elected.
The Eco-Monitors have performed an initial Environmental Review of school, and from this, there is a requirement to focus on three target areas chosen by the children. They have decided they would like to focus on implementing actions in the topics of Waste, Marine and Energy.
In relation to the Marine focus area, our location away from the coast reduces the children’s ability to undertake a beach clean, however the older children did strongly believe this should be a focus area. The children felt there could be greater awareness shared with their peers about the damage plastic pollution can cause wildlife in streams and rivers which feed into the seas and oceans. They will consider how the use of plastic, particularly single-use, can be reduced in school.
If any parent would like to get involved in the Eco-School programme by sharing their time, ideas or skills, please contact the school. The Eco-Monitors will keep parents updated on school’s progress and invite parents to participate in eco-projects or events they organise.
Our school operates a number of Community Recycling Initiatives - please take a look by clicking here and get involved .