Eco-friendly pupils pick up 4th green flag

Some of the school's pupils with the latest green flag.

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Green-thinking Drumlemble primary pupils have picked up their fourth green flag, successfully renewing their Eco-Schools Scotland status.

The school first registered as an Eco-School with environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2011 and has received its latest award in recognition of its eco journey since.

To earn the green flag, pupils and staff followed the seven elements of the programme for the past two years, ensuring that the whole school and wider community has been involved.

They focused on litter, as well as developing their outdoor space as a resource for learning and recreation.

The children have been learning about improving the local environmental by taking part in beach cleans and finding out about important global issues such as the refugee crisis, and holding a ‘bring and buy’ sale to raise funds for the British Red Cross hurricane appeal.

Congratulating the school, Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education, Yvonne McNeilly, said: ‘What a great achievement. The pupils, staff and parents should be extremely proud of themselves.

‘The Eco Schools programme is a great way to teach children about the importance of looking after the world around them and provides a useful learning framework for learning, in line with the curriculum of excellence. Well done to everyone at Drumlemble Primary School.’

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: ‘I would like to congratulate all the pupils and staff at Drumlemble Primary School for achieving the 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. I hope that everyone had fun while learning about our environment and why it is important for our health, our business and our wildlife.’

Scotland recently celebrated its 2,000th school to achieve a green flag, meaning Drumlemble Primary School joins a growing list of organisations, not just in Scotland but across the world, with an ecological conscience.

The children help to improve their environment by taking part in beach cleans.
The children help to improve their environment by taking part in beach cleans.

Some of the school’s pupils with the latest green flag. NO_c09drumlemble01

The children help to improve their environment by taking part in beach cleans. NO_c09drumlemble02