Pupils at St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School have once again been awarded a coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag
The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an international accreditation that recognises efforts to raise environmental awareness amongst young people whilst acting to make their school more sustainable. St. Paul’s Catholic Primary has now not only retained its status as an accredited Eco-School, following our achievement across the previous three years, but due to all the hard work of everyone, achieved the award at ‘distinction’ level.
The Eco-Schools programme was established in 1994 and is now delivered in more than 70 countries across the globe. The programme prompts young people to explore a variety of environmental issues, including climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. Pupils are then empowered to plan and deliver environmental actions in their school, local community, and beyond.
Since St. Paul’s began working towards an Eco-Schools Green Flag in 2019, achievements have included a redevelopment of the school site to incorporate an eco-garden with pond, new raised beds where we continue to grow a range of flowering plants and vegetables, planting trees and supporting litter-picking in the local area. In 2022, St. Paul’s took part in the ‘Fishkeeper Fry’ initiative which the whole school took part it. Pupils studied how to set up, stock and maintain an aquarium. Through the school’s hard work, we were awarded ‘Fishkeeper Fry School of the Year’.
And this year, the St. Paul’s community have built on these strong foundations, collaborating with the school’s eco-committee to work further Eco-Schools topics:
- Encouraging sustainable travel to and from school
- Sponsorship of a range of animals (which the pupils are able to track)
- Sponsorship of fruit trees through ‘Crowdfarming’
Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said: “The Eco-Schools Green Flag award is an internationally recognised symbol of high environmental standards. The pupils and school staff that earn the award deserve immense credit for their hard work, determination, and creativity. Their passion for protecting our planet is an inspiration to us all. ”
To learn more about Eco-Schools head to www.eco-schools.org.uk
Eco Council Meeting Minutes
We are proud to announce that St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School have been crowned Fishkeeper Fry School of the Year 2022 and were presented with a fantastic 168 litre aquarium and cabinet for our Reception area, medals and a silver trophy.