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Congratulations to St. George's Primary School - Eco Schools Green Flag Award#2


Congratulations to St. George's Primary School on gaining their Eco Schools Green Flag.

This is what the Eco Schools Assessors had to say

"Congratulations!!!

Fantastic work Mrs Cameron & Pupils!

We are very pleased to tell you that you and your Eco-Committee at St George's Primary School have been successful in meeting the requirements for the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

We reviewed your application and noted the following:

It's wonderful that you have appointed such a representative Eco-Committee, this shows your school’s excellent commitment to both the programme and the eco-cause. It’s great to see that you had such a group of eager, enthusiastic volunteers. It was also wonderful to see that they were supported by a member of staff.

We love that you kept minutes from your meetings and that they helped to track, guide and prompt your activity, and thank you for including the excellent example. It was great to see that young people were responsible for completing those meeting minutes – this helps them develop new skills! This is a mature and professional approach. Great work!

It was wonderful to see how completing your Environmental Review helped to raise the level of awareness in your school and helped your Eco-Committee to identify the issues and spot gaps in your school's existing environmental activity. It was also brilliant to read that the Environmental Review helped your pupils appreciate everything that your school is already doing to benefit our environment and identify areas to work on in the future.

Your Action Plan shows that your Eco-Committee have carefully considered how they can involve their entire school in their planned Eco-Schools’ activities to achieve maximum impacts and raise awareness amongst their school community. We love the range of activities that you and your Eco-Committee planned for delivery. The fact that they cover both indoor (a ‘switch-off’ campaign, anti-littering posters, more food and paper recycling bins and recycling milk bottles) and outdoor (planting tree and wildflowers, building bug hotels and bird houses) activities is excellent. Although it was also great to see your planned activities clearly marked in your Action Plan, we were surprised to see that there was no real Accountability, Monitoring scheme or Evaluation system in place. Great work though!

Your Curriculum Link examples are imaginative, practical and fun, making environmental education accessible and engaging, well done! We’re really impressed at how you’ve linked environmental issues to a variety of curriculum areas.

We loved seeing the excellent photos of your pupil’s work, posters, displays and of them enjoying their activities. This is a great example of layering in sustainability and climate change into your studies.

We loved reading about how you had incorporated learning about global issues not only into the Geography and Science Curriculum (most common ones) in your school, but also into other areas such as Art and D&T. Great work! A challenge for next year might be expanding this to incorporate these issues into other areas of learning like English or Maths!

Your digital Eco-Board is great. Your board is incredibly visual and engaging and promotes your work in a very attractive way. We loved hearing how active your Eco-Committee was in communicating their activities school-wide with both assembly and class feedback and use of the school social media as well as the Eco-board itself. These all combine to make a great approach!

We love that your pupils have taken their great work beyond the school gates and into their local community by planting an astonishing 170 trees with the Humber Forest Jubilee Tree Canopy project. We are also certain that your pupils will have greatly benefitted from your involvement with such outside organisations as ADSA, Ideal Boilers, and the Woodland Trust, with whom you superbly planted 15 new trees in recycled car tyre pots around your grounds.

The parent quote is a great testament to the work that you are doing with your Eco-Committee, that they are taking their Eco-Schools work home with them and getting their families on board is something to be proud of!

Your Eco-Code is really smart and concise. It's a great message and its punchy nature will definitely help it be processed by everyone passing by your Eco-Board – and very cool to create it as an acronym of your school’s name! I hope you and your Eco-Committee take great pride in your achievements, when listed it's surprising how many there are – however, the improvements to your school environment with the recycling and lovely biodiversity initiatives and, most of all, your absolutely terrific tree planting efforts (we loved those) all nicely stand out! Congratulations to everyone for the great work you have managed to do, earning your Green Flag with style. You should all be very proud of your work and the application you have submitted!


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