Well done Chalfont St Peter Infant School
PUBLISHED: 01:16 20 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:10 20 February 2013
Pupils at Chalfont St. Peter Infant School are the proud owners of a coveted Green Flag for their outstanding environmental work.
Pupils at Chalfont St. Peter Infant School are the proud owners of a coveted Green Flag for their outstanding environmental work. The school became the 22nd out of 235 schools in Buckinghamshire to gain this accreditation after a successful assessment in June.
The Green Flag award, the highest and most prestigious Eco-Schools award, was presented to the school at a celebratory by Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman Mike Colston.
Mike says: Encouraging our children at a young age to think about our environment and how they can help to protect it is, in my view, of the utmost importance. Congratulations to everyone at the school for this fantastic achievement.
To achieve the Green Flag, Chalfont St Peter Infant School teacher and Eco-School Co-ordinator Sarah Gordon enlisted the help of pupils, parents and governors to form a school eco-team. The team carried out a number of environmental projects including giving every classroom a raised bed in the school garden with a selection of seeds to enable pupils to grow their own fruit and vegetables; walk to school initiatives; a concerted effort to reduce paper use, from 350 reams in 2008/09 to 80 reams; and creation of a new sensory garden area with the help of children and parents. The outdoor environmental area had a makeover with new log seating installed, enabling a whole class to enjoy outdoor learning at any time. The school has also developed a new school litter policy, Eco-Code and Parking Promise.
Headteacher Jean Cornes said: We are very proud and excited to receive the Green Flag award and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us to achieve this. The whole school community has worked with great commitment and enthusiasm to gain Green Flag status and I know that our pupils have become more aware of how their actions affect the local environment. It has been a fantastic initiative for all involved, but it is by no means over as the greater challenge is to maintain what we have achieved so far and look towards ways of improving even further.
Eco-Schools, managed in England by Keep Britain Tidy, is a programme in which schools can excel in environmental activity. Children at Chalfont St. Peter Infant School have been working with the County Councils Sustainability team and Shortenills Environmental Centre since 2008 to help improve the environmental quality of the school.
For more information on Eco-Schools visit www.eco-schools.org.uk