Pupils at St George’s Junior School were awarded a coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag.

Pupils at St George’s Junior School were awarded a coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag.

Pupils at St George’s Junior School have earned an international accreditation this academic year, recognising their amazing work in making their school more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness in fellow pupils.

Eco-Schools is an international education programme that prompts young people to explore sustainability and climate change and take action to make a difference.

Pupils at St George’s Junior School collaborated with Antony Shawyer and Carrie Wilson to conduct an environmental review, assessing how eco-friendly their school is. They reviewed everything from the school’s recycling practices, to energy usage, to how environmental themes are covered in classrooms. Building on their findings, the pupils with Antony Shawyer and Carrie Wilson planned a year of activities that would up their green credentials.

The group connected their work to 3 Eco-Schools topics: Biodiversity, Energy and Recycling.

Activities included making bird feeders for the Eco garden, having a class plant in every classroom, rewilding a school owned field, participating in a switch off fortnight and running a battery recycling collection area.

The children loved designing the plan for the paths through the rewilding field. They were excited to visit the field over a period of time to see which wild plants were growing and enjoyed looking for minibeasts. At the very end of year, the children had lots of fun running through the long grass and playing hide and seek in the field.

A quote from one of children, ‘My time in the committee broadened my awareness of environmental problems in the school, and importantly that we can all start making a positive impact even with small gestures and projects. I particularly enjoyed making birdfeeders, putting battery collection boxes together and even litter picking with the other members. I also appreciated the Eco booklet that helped to increase my understanding of many of the environmental concern and solutions’.

Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said: “Earning an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award takes passion, commitment, and a desire to make a difference. Pupils should be proud of their great work. They’re an inspiration and it makes us feel heartened and positive about the future of our planet.”

To learn more about Eco-Schools head to (eco-schools.org.uk)

10 October 2022

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