Eco-Committee of the Year Recognised

To kick off Eco-Schools Celebration Week, St Patrick's Primary & Nursery School were presented with a trophy to recognise them as our 2023 Eco-Committee of the Year.

Our Eco-Committee of the Year is a pupil group that has made a real difference to the environment or their community through their Eco-Schools work. 

Our first annual Eco-Schools Awards are an opportunity to highlight those Green Flag schools that have truly gone above and beyond in their Eco-Schools work, inspiring those around them and delivering innovative environmental action.

Nominations were invited from members of the public, parents, educators and Parent Councils across Scotland.  All nominees were from schools which proudly fly the Green Flag – the top accolade in the international Eco-Schools programme which recognises the achievements and commitment of the whole school to Learning for Sustainability.

St Patrick's Eco-Committee is a group of unique motivated pupils across year groups, who meet twice a month to discuss environmental issues. The Committee is led solely by young people and has been successful in developing awareness of environmental challenges in their own community and the wider world with projects including a sustainable fashion shop and workshops highlighting how air pollution from traffic is a pressing threat to health.

The primary aim of St Patrick's Eco-Committee is to educate and empower pupils to make positive decisions and become change makers for an environmentally sustainable world. They actively motivate others within the school community and have generated an attitude of concern for the environment along with a motivation to improve and maintain environmental quality.  

​Some examples of their fantastic projects include: 

Sustainable fashion Shop: ​A pop up shop for second hand clothing that was an instant hit with the school community.  This project helped pupils learn about how buying second hand clothing can protect the oceans from polluting chemicals. Pupils were invited to attend the North Lanarkshire Sustainability Conference to share good practice with other schools.

Walk and Talk on Your Way to School​: The Eco-Committee focused on walking to school to reduce road pollution and organised workshops and assemblies to highlight how air pollution from traffic is a pressing threat to health.  This resulted in a real increase in the number of children walking to school with their friends and carers. 

Our Eco-Schools Awards are an annual event to recognise Green Flag schools that have done outstanding work. Find out more about the Eco-Schools Awards and how you can get involved next year on our website.
June 5-9 is Eco-Schools Celebration Week where we finish the school year with a special live assembly for all schools and nurseries where we will share examples of the great work they do.
We're inviting Eco-Schools in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to join us to celebrate the work of thousands of schools and nurseries going above and beyond for our planet, looking after the environment and their communities.   Register for our assembly here

05 June 2023

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