Gartmore Primary School were presented with their first Green Flag by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, in March 2004.
And the school’s continued commitment to the environment and sustainability over the past two years saw it recognised once again with the top award from the Eco-Schools programme.
Ongoing commitment to sustainability
Gartmore Primary School Headteacher, Fiona Buchanan, said: “The whole school community is delighted that the children of Gartmore Primary School have been awarded their sixth Eco Flag and have been recognised as responsible global citizens.
“The school was the first educational establishment to be awarded a Green Flag in Stirling back in March 2004.
“Through the curriculum and with the support of community volunteers, parents and staff, our ongoing commitment to sustainability will continue.”
The school, which is located in the rural village of Gartmore, focused on three topics – litter, grounds and food and the environment - to achieve the accolade from Eco-Schools, the largest sustainable schools programme in the world.
Pupils and staff carried out a wide range of projects, which included:
- a litter survey in the school and grounds
- an annual village litter hunt
- encouraging and supporting outdoor play
- using wooden beds, car and tractor tyres to plant a range of vegetables, flowers and fruit
- planting a willow hide to allow quite observation of bird life
- working with skilled parent members to manage areas of field such as woodland, a fruiting hedge, pond and orchard
- exploring how far food travels to shops, how to buy locally and to grow what can be eaten
- celebrating May Blossom Day to learn about pollination and pollinators
- visiting the orchard regularly to carry out measurements and tree health checks.
Consistently achieve excellence
Kevin Kelman, Stirling Council’s Chief Education Officer, said: “Congratulations to pupils, staff and the wider school community at Gartmore Primary on achieving Green Flag Award status for the sixth time.
“For the school to consistently achieve excellence in this area demonstrates its fantastic work in protecting and improving the environment, and highlights our commitment to Learning for Sustainability.”
The Eco-Schools Scotland programme is made up of a set of seven elements that are used to plan action on environmental issues and form the criteria for the Green Flag Award.
To earn a Green Flag Award, schools need to follow these elements, ensuring that Eco-Schools is pupil-led, linked to the curriculum and involves the whole school and wider community.
Notes and Picture details:
Eco-Schools Scotland is part of the largest sustainable schools programme in the world operated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It connects 15 million children, young people and educators through sustainable development education and is the biggest learning network in the world
Pictured alongside children at the school are (from left), Fiona Buchanan, Gartmore PS Headteacher; Lyle Davidson, Class Teacher; Saffron Hennessy, Support for Learning Assistant; Margaret Miller, Community Volunteer.