Green Flag award
PUBLISHED: 15:28 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:09 05 April 2013
Delight at Farnham Common Infants School
Pupils at Farnham Common Infants School have been giving the green light to saving energy and cutting down on waste for around two years.
Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman Marion Clayton recognised their ecological efforts when she presented them with the Eco Schools Green Flag.
The Green Flag award is the highest Eco-Schools award and is a reward for outstanding environmental performance. Farnham Common Infants is the 30th school in Buckinghamshire to win it.
Pupils have worked hard to earn the Green Flag, including setting up a wildlife area, a bug hotel, and a vegetable garden from which the pupils have harvested and cooked carrots, parsnips, potatoes and beans.
The pupils' Eco Council chose an owlcharacter who appears around the school to remind everyone to 'switch off' when appliances are not being used. And every form has a classroom monitor to ensure lights are switched off.
They haveheld several events to highlight the importance of sustainable travel, including a 'scooting for pancakes' morning, and an after-school bike club, whicha parent helps with tuition. They have a gold award for travel planning.
Pupils have made a greenhouse out of recycled bottles and run the 'recycle bag to school' scheme, as well as encourageeveryone to reduce lunchtime waste.
Head teacher Alison Fischersaid the eco schools programmeled togood awareness among pupils on how to look after themselves, their school and their environment. She added: We're very proud to receive the Green Flag award and I am extremely proud of the pupils at the school for working so hard to achieve it. Everyone in the school is switched on to improving our environment and the children have some very exciting ideas for the future.
Marion Clayton said: This is a fantastic achievement, and I'm delighted to be presenting the school with their flag. It's important to encourage children at a young age to think about protecting our environment, and this scheme is an excellent way to involve them.