The huge enthusiasm for all things eco and environmental of the children at Peatmoor Primary School has secured another Eco-Schools Green Flag, the first time a school in Swindon, and possibly Wiltshire, has had it awarded three times.
Eco-schools inspector John Burdett said he had been greatly impressed on his visit in early June to assess whether the school had continued its commitment which has won it two green flags in the last four years. “The children who showed me around displayed a tremendous knowledge, enthusiasm and understanding for environmental issues and how they are affected by the world around them.
“The environment is embedded into the curriculum; all the children I talked to wanted to tell me about their projects like composting or growing vegetables, and were keen to say how they get their families involved. Mrs Brough and Mrs Jackson keep them fired up and really committed.”
To achieve a green flag Peatmoor had to demonstrate involvement in:
• waste management – composting everything possible;
• biodiversity – revamping the school pond in the last two years;
• keeping the site free of litter;
• use of the school grounds – for raised vegetable beds;
• saving energy and water by carrying out regular surveys;
• healthy living – promoting the 5-a-day lunch box;
• promoting carbon free transport by encouraging pupils to cycle;
• a global dimension, which Peatmoor is doing by raising money for solar panels for a school in Lesotho.
Eco teacher Melanie Brough said, “every child owns the flag, they’re engaged with it and want to do all they can to keep it.”
Teaching assistant Elaine Jackson has joined a group of eco-leaders to spread good practice to other schools.
Headteacher Andrew Henstridge congratulated Melanie and Elaine for their hard work. “It’s tremendous that Peatmoor is the first school to gain permission to fly the flag for a third term.”