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Posted on: 17/06/2022

Christ's College Gains Eco-Schools Green Flag Award With Distinction

Christ's College students involved in our Environment Association have been awarded a coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag Award with distinction on the first attempt - a fantastic achievement.  The accreditation, recognises their amazing work in making Christ's College more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness in fellow students. 

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

Students collaborated with Head of Geography, Mrs Hughes to conduct an environmental review, assessing how eco-friendly the college was. They reviewed everything from our recycling practices, to energy usage, to how environmental themes are covered in classrooms. Building on their findings, the Environment Association planned a year of activities that would up their green-credentials. 

There are still a few things in the pipeline, including planting a hedgerow along our fence line, and rolling out reusable water bottles for all students across the school in partnership with 'Bottle up!' water. We are also looking into how to usefully recycle in a more efficient and effective way. 

This year has seen students attend a climate conference and support the new local 'Zero' climate change organisation, making green hearts for display. We have introduced recycled, forest friendly paper for all our paper supplies and held assemblies and meetings to raise awareness of litter, taking care of the planet and how we could support sustainable practice. These are all issues connected to our school's core values. 

Mrs Hughes said; 'It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such passionate, committed and knowledgeable students who have raised awareness of a wide range of issues across the school, and continue to work towards total sustainable practice here at Christ's College.'

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 www.eco-schools.org.uk  

Here is the summary from the awarding body

"We reviewed your application and noted the following: We were incredibly impressed that you used digital tools to set up and run your Eco-Committee minutes. This is amazing. Your management of the meetings, agendas and minutes was exemplary. We also love how you engaged the Head Teacher at your school and got their buy-in to support your work. This is incredibly important in all eco-activity – engaging with stakeholders and authorities to push change is very productive. Great work!

We love that the Eco-Committee engaged different staff, departments and other stakeholders to support their work. This is a great example of collaborative Eco-Action. Understanding and implementing this approach is needed on a national level – adults could learn from your pupils!

We love how active your Eco-Committee was in communicating Eco-Schools activity school-wide. Assemblies, social media posts, using noticeboards, Google Classroom and word of mouth… these combined make for a stunning approach!

We love the range of activities that your Eco-Committee planned for delivery in school. We especially loved seeing your baby chicks, the implementation of new recycling bins and the order of eco-friendly paper! You’ve clearly embedded the ethos of the Eco-Schools programme far and wide and are inspiring your colleagues.

Your curriculum links were really clear and creative. They were also very fun which is great to see! They challenged pupils to think outside of the box and approached topics in a fresh and different way. We were really impressed by this evidence. You’ve clearly looked externally and engaged with lots of different campaigns, projects and organisations. This open approach extends to your brilliant collaborative practice. You’ve clearly demonstrated your desire to make this a team effort. It was a collaboration-masterclass! Teamwork is key to combatting climate change and your pupils are already great at this – this makes us feel really positive.

We felt incredible heartened to read that the programme is having a positive impact on student wellbeing. We feel really lucky to be a part of young people’s school journey. Reading this made the Eco-School Team’s day. Thank you.

Your Eco-Code is so substantial and considered. It was terrific to read and a real positive call to action. Similarly, your suggestions for questions for next year’s Environmental Review are terrific. They’ve inspired us. Amazing work! Overall, this is an absolutely brilliant application.

The Eco-Schools Team were incredibly impressed and very pleased to award you an Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction."

Eco Schools logo Distinction 21 22 Colour

 

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