Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

18 Sep 2018
Successful Renewal of our Eco Green Flag Award

P5 Eco Group 600wSt George’s School are delighted to announce the successful renewal of their Eco Green Flag Award. 

To achieve this status, we submitted evidence of Eco work throughout the school, from the Nursery to the Upper Sixth over the past two years. 

A range of sustained and progressive Eco activities across the school demonstrated work beyond the criteria for the award and all pupils were involved in its achievement. 

The chosen Eco modules were:

  • Litter and Waste Management
  • Biodiversity and Energy
  • Transport and School Grounds.

Pupils of the Junior School Eco Committee compiled the renewal application with information from the Eco Committees across the school.

Download our Green Flag Journey application (1.71MB PDF above)

We asked some people what they thought of our projects:

Pupils: We think we have improved a lot of things in our school. It has been great to see our results. We loved creating a new Eco song and singing it on Eco Day of Action as well as presenting our energy saving assembly. It has been really interesting working with teachers and other students from all over the school as it means we can all work together to make a difference. (Junior School pupil)

We switch off lights, we picked up the rubbish, we turn the taps off, we work to save the environment (Nursery pupils)

Parent: I think it’s great the way the kids have taken on this challenge. They are really understanding the impact they have on the environment and are leading the way to make a better future for our planet. My daughter certainly keeps me right at home, making sure that we are doing everything we can to help.

Teacher: It has been wonderful to see the impact of the activities and ventures carried out this year by the Eco committee. They have worked continuously to raise awareness of reducing waste and saving energy by involving the whole school community. The girls have always been at the centre of decision making, allowing them to take ownership of their work as well as become role models for their peers.

Head Teacher: Our Eco girls have spearheaded initiatives to reduce the use of plastic cups across the whole school, encouraging the use of a school water bottle. They have been at the centre of leading the learning. A united effort across the whole school, demonstrating an excellent community spirit and willingness to embrace change, is evident.

Community member: The residents at Murrayfield House greatly enjoy the visits from the pupils of St George’s School. The regular Nursery visits are much looked forward to and the music and Christmas carols form the older pupils really appreciated. The girls bring much joy and wellbeing to the Home.

Our Eco activities are closely linked to our outdoor learning programme and bushcraft club. Here is a video we made to promote this:

https://www.stge.org.uk/blogs-and-news/show/914/outdoor-learning-at-school-----why-do-we-do-it-/

And an article in Woodland Trust’s Wood Wise magazine:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/2017/12/wood-wise-nature-inspires-education/

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