Growing for gold as school keeps award

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Young eco-enthusiasts are celebrating after being recognised for growing up green.

Children at Burradon Community Primary School have pulled out all the tops to make sure they keep hold of their prestigious Eco-School Green Flag Award.

The school first received the international award, which recognises the work carried out to embed sustainability into school life, in 2011.

And with help from staff, the school’s young Eco Team have run planting schemes, incentivised recycling, given composting a go and encouraged others to cut how much electricity and water they use at home and school.

Headteacher Angela Hunter said: “We’re all really proud of this fantastic achievement - the children have been instrumental in us gaining the award and thoroughly deserve the recognition.”

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “I was delighted to present the school with the new flag – it is very well-deserved.

“The council is committed to reducing North Tyneside’s carbon footprint, but we can’t do it on our own, which is why it’s fantastic that schools are keen to help and offer their own innovative ways to do so.”

“It’s important that future generations are aware of the impact their actions can have on the environment and pupils at Burradon have certainly demonstrated their understanding.

“The children and the staff have been on an incredible journey to achieve the award; they have shown a great deal of commitment and creativity to get the entire school on board. I must thank them all, and especially the Eco Team.”

Made up of two representatives from each year group, the Eco Team has also checked the school’s electricity meters with the site manager, organised a litter pick for all the school and planted vegetables to be used in the school canteen.

They also lead a tour, showing off their efforts, when the Eco-School Green Flag assessors visited the school, as well as answering questions on sustainability issues.