This year we were awarded our 6th Green Flag Award, which is a tremendous achievement. As a school, we take our responsibility towards raising awareness for Eco issues and working towards changing society’s attitude towards such issues very seriously. We have an excellent group of Eco reps who look after the day to day responsibilities such as emptying the recycling bins and encouraging students to use them, turning off lights and highlighting areas for improvement.
In school we have made some significant changes including introducing plastic and battery recycling, installing eco lighting in newly refurbished classrooms and changing much of the packaging used in the canteen. Many of these initiatives have been instigated by the students which reflects the seriousness with which they take their roles as Eco reps.
In the Juniors and Infants they have been raising awareness through activities such as the Upcycling project which saw some amazing ideas and creativity. They have also run a campaign with the local residents to stop parents sitting outside with their engines running when waiting to collect their children. The Eco reps in the Juniors have taken charge of these campaigns and also set up their own display board to help raise awareness within school.
To obtain our Green Flag, we had to be interviewed by a representative from Eco-Schools. There were some very serious issues discussed and Laura, a Year 9 student, gave her perspective as an Eco Rep. She was able to answer some tricky points and gave some fantastic ways in which we have strived to make the school more Eco-friendly. The woman was very impressed and commented on how wonderful the school was.
As Head of Eco in the Seniors, I am immensely proud of the work we do and the attitude the girls have towards these issues. It fills me with great confidence that our future generations may still be able to enjoy the beauty of our world with young adults like our pupils taking a stand.