FHS achieves Eco Green FlagPosted: 29th April 2021
Environmentally aware children devoted their time in lockdown to earning our school an accreditation.
Eco-Schools, part of Keep Britain Tidy, encourages children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness by taking on tasks to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag.
The initiative develops students’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools.
Students at Forest Hall School signed up to help their school to achieve the badge to celebrate all they are doing to be greener.
As a result of their work during lockdown, they collected the Bronze and Silver awards before reaching their goal.
Sarah Power, enrichment lead, said: “These students have achieved something phenomenal. To achieve this in a normal school year would be outstanding, but to do this during the Covid-19 pandemic is quite something. They have been brilliant. I am really proud of them.
“There is a lot going on, with adjusting to the changes from home learning to being back in the classroom. But, it is important we offer these additional opportunities for our students to focus on. Education is about more than going to lessons; it’s about seeing their place in the world and what they can do to add to it.
“As a school, we will now continue this work.”
Schools have to pick three areas to focus on to achieve the flag.
The 12 members of the school’s eco committee, in Year 7 to 11, concentrated on waste, biodiversity and global citizenship.
They produced a noticeboard and held assemblies to raise awareness of recycling, provided recycling bins around the school, carried out a survey of the school field to establish which species were around, created birdfeeders for the school grounds, put activities together for students to complete at home.
The team also made contact with a school in Poland as part of their global citizenship work.