MILNGAVIE’S Clober Primary School and nursery have scooped a prestigious environmental award. - again!
Their third green flag was awarded to them by Eco Schools Scotland, part of Keep Scotland Beautiful, for their work to save the environment.
The children created their own recycling centre and they display charts, graphs and photos next to it to show the progress of their projects. They also held a health and eco week, organised ragbag collections and held Fairtrade events.
They used new learning resources created by The Green Insurance Company and Eco Schools Scotland which are specifically designed for younger children.
Since their partnership in August 2010, over 150 nurseries have achieved Green Flag status across Scotland.
Principal teacher and head of the eco/health committee, Julie Ryman, said: “I am very proud of the children’s achievement in gaining the third green flag.
“The committee members have worked very hard to develop this area within the school and the nursery and all children within the school have participated in many eco and health activities in order to make it the success that it is.
“A new committee has been selected for this year and has already shown a lot of enthusiasm and come up with many ideas of things we can develop. We are going to be developing the garden areas with more insect habitats, adding some new planters and a sensory area.
“We will also be focusing on ‘Sustaining our World’ and carry out some projects related to Oxfam.
“Cathy Martin, the litter warden for East Dunbartonshire Council, is also going to work with P4 and P1. We have a busy year ahead but we are all looking forward to it!”
June Lynch, managing director of The Green Insurance Company, said: “We have been supporting the Eco Schools Scotland programme for a year now and we are always impressed with the work nursery classes and early years centres are doing to introduce environmental learning to young children.
“Congratulations to Clober nursery for achieving their green flag status. The children and teachers have worked hard to set up their projects and we hope they all enjoyed working on them.”
Kate Campbell, manager of Eco Schools Scotland, said: “We were very impressed with Clober which has produced a diverse range of wonderful environmental projects.
“Our new early years material aims to introduce eco topics to our very youngest children and hopefully encourage their environmentally friendly behaviours to continue throughout their lives. Clober nursery is a great example of how these materials can help to achieve that.”
For more information about Eco Schools Scotland go to www.ecoschoolsscotland.org or www.greeninsurancecompany.co.uk