Staff and pupils at a North Shields school are flying the flag for the environment.
Monkhouse Primary School has been recognised as one of the borough’s must environmentally-friendly schools after being awarded the ‘Eco-School Green Flag’ award.
‘Eco-Schools’ is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey with the flag, the highest level, recognising the exceptional work carried out to embed sustainability into school life.
Since starting its eco journey in 2009 the school has produced a creative action plan to reduce its carbon footprint.
‘Eco Warriors’, aged between six and 11, have delivered school assemblies on energy saving and water conservation and are also responsible for updating the Eco-School noticeboard.
Schemes have also been implemented to increase recycling and composting while energy audits and travel surveys have been completed and school energy monitors appointed.
Eco Days were also held in school and a competition to rename the dining room.
Headteacher Laura Baggett said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our whole school team. The children play an active part in school decision making and thoroughly deserve this national recognition for their efforts to be green.”
Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “I would like to congratulate Monkhouse Primary on this outstanding achievement; I am delighted their hard work has been recognised in such a prestigious way.”
He added: “The council is working extremely hard to significantly reduce the borough’s carbon emissions and we can’t do it alone, so it’s fantastic to see young people so enthused in supporting this aim.
“It’s essential our future generations of householders are aware of the importance of energy conservation and it’s great to see the pupils of Monkhouse are well on their way.”