The Green Flag Award is presented by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful to nurseries and schools which demonstrate a commitment to the Eco-Schools Scotland programme and engage their whole school community in local environmental action.
This year’s award is the school’s fifth green flag achieved and celebrates its consistent re-validation every two years since 2007.
The schools Eco Committee, made up of learner representatives from P1 to P7, meet on a weekly basis to share ideas on how to positively develop the school environment.
Acting Principal Teacher, Jackie McKay said: “Bannockburn Primary is extremely proud to have successfully achieved our fifth Green Flag award.
“Our eco club approach every eco-challenge aiming to make a difference not only in our school and local community but to the wider world. We encourage every learner to promote and understand environmental sustainability and be responsible citizens in creating a better place to live.”
Dog Fouling Initiative
As part of the awards, the school was recognised for its hugely successful Dog Fouling Initiative which has had a major impact on Bannockburn and the surrounding area.
With help from Stirling Council, signage was erected across Bannockburn to encourage learners and families to dispose of dog foul correctly and to report offenders.
Eco-committee pupils revisited previously identified problem areas to find there had been a huge improvement and all footpaths to and from the school are now free from dog fouling.
Eco-Schools Scotland is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful and is part of the largest sustainable school programme in the world.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Congratulations to the Eco-Committee, and all other pupils and staff at Bannockburn Primary School who worked so hard to achieve their fifth Green Flag Award.''
“Eco-Schools supports schools in their work with Learning for Sustainability and Curriculum for Excellence and helps ensure our children and young people are equipped with skills that they need for the future.”
Left to right Rhys McClachlan, Rhys Nicholson, Lewis McGovern, Ross Watson and Lucy Wright. Back row, left to right; Kevin McGrath and Peter Marlow.