Dalintober pupils fly the flag for climate action

In the litter section of Dalintober's Eco Action Plan, the school prioritises beach cleans which children from the early learning centre to P7 participate in. The children also learn skills for learning, life and work through the eco programme, as this photograph of two early learning centre pupils shows.
In the litter section of Dalintober's Eco Action Plan, the school prioritises beach cleans which children from the early learning centre to P7 participate in.

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Pupils at Dalintober Primary School are celebrating after successfully renewing their Eco-Schools Green Flag Award status.

The school received its first Green Flag from environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2010, and has continued to renew it in the years since, thanks to its commitment to the Eco-Schools Scotland programme.

Pupils at Dalintober use the school allotment in all areas of their eco work, from planting and growing, to weeding and pruning.
Pupils at Dalintober use the school allotment in all areas of their eco work, from planting and growing, to weeding and pruning.

The whole school community has taken part in a variety of litter-busting and climate action activities including recycling, carrying out a litter pick during National Spring, and completing litter surveys and community clean-ups.

Through the Eco-Schools Scotland programme, Keep Scotland Beautiful aims to take action to tackle climate change and environmental awareness an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of schools, for both pupils and for staff.

The programme provides a framework to engage the wider school community in climate action, aligned with the purposes of Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability.

To complete the Green Flag journey, schools have a choice of 10 topics to engage with, from climate action, to food and the environment, to litter and energy.

In the litter section of Dalintober's Eco Action Plan, the school prioritises beach cleans which children from the early learning centre to P7 participate in. The children also learn skills for learning, life and work through the eco programme, as this photograph of two early learning centre pupils shows.
In the litter section of Dalintober’s Eco Action Plan, the school prioritises beach cleans which children from the early learning centre to P7 participate in. The children also learn skills for learning, life and work through the eco programme, as this photograph of two early learning centre pupils shows.

The schools also choose one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to link their Eco-Schools’ work to.

Catherine Black, depute headteacher at Dalintober, said: ‘I would like to thank the pupils in Dalintober for all their hard work in maintaining our Green Flag status.

‘We have a strong curricular focus on eco issues and we were delighted when artwork from our Primary 6 class was included in the COP26 presentation.’

Dalintober's Youth Team leads nature trail groups to help pupils learn about their own local environment and the plants, mini-beasts and foliage they can find there.
Dalintober’s Youth Team leads nature trail groups to help pupils learn about their own local environment and the plants, mini-beasts and foliage they can find there.

Dalintober was one of 10 schools across Argyll and Bute to successfully renew its Eco-Schools Green Flag Award status.

Catherine Gee, deputy chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate the Eco-Committee, pupils and staff at each of these schools, who have worked so hard to play their part in combatting climate change and achieve their Green Flag Award.

‘This is particularly impressive during a time of unprecedented adjustment and change to education due to the pandemic and is testament to the resilience and creativity of both pupils and educators.

‘Keep Scotland Beautiful is committed to supporting all our children, young people and educators through our climate action schools activities to develop the capacities, skills and attributes required to protect our planet and work towards our goal of a Net Zero future.’

For more information about the world’s largest sustainable schools programme and
Eco-Schools Scotland, visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/eco-schools