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Bannockburn High School pupils are Clean Up Heroes

Pupils from Bannockburn High School praised for exception litter action

Pupils from Bannockburn High School have been named as one of our Clean Up Scotland Heroes of the Month for their fantastic climate action – making them the first winners of the title in 2022.

Pupils from the Green Initiatives Skills Group took part in a Green Initiatives programme for six weeks during 2021 when they were S2 pupils, aged 12-13. They litter picked in the Bannockburn area, surveyed the litter that was found and then turned the litter into art or reusable equipment for the school.

Over 90 pupils were involved and collected 45 bags of litter, including some unusual finds such as tyres, metal pieces and farming equipment.

Karen Hook, Bannockburn High School’s Head Teacher said, “Our Green Initiatives sessions are part of our Sessions for Knowledge, Innovation, Learning, Life and Success (SKILLS) afternoons which support health and wellbeing recovery, allow our young people to develop a love of learning and build and reflect on their skills.

“Our Green Initiatives sessions enable our learners to think about their immediate environment, our local community and how this links to complex global environmental issues. This work also supports our Learning for Sustainability agenda within our school.”

September Dunsmore, Teacher of Modern Studies who has been leading the Green Initiatives programme said, “The school is driving towards many eco initiatives, and we really focus on the ethos that small changes make a big impact. We started by looking at our own school, bin placements, gardening ideas and we even have our own poly-tunnel that the pupils use. We then wanted to make a push towards bringing this into the wider community. We are only at the start of our journey, but it has been a positive start so far. the pupils are very engaged and have enjoyed it so far.”

Barry Fisher, our CEO commented, “It is always inspiring to hear about young people who are committed to taking action for our environment.  We have been working with the school for a while as it makes its journey to become a Climate Action School, and were delighted that pupils signed up to participate in our Climate Ready Classrooms activity too.  Making the link between litter and climate change can be complex, but these heroes have done just that – removing litter from their local community, repurposing it when possible, and taking positive action. I’d like to thank them for all their commitment to keeping Scotland beautiful.”

Lindsay Richmond-Kearns, Communities and Partnership Managers at Helping Hand Environmental said, “We have been proudly supporting the Hero of the Month Award since 2014 - over that time we have highlighted and rewarded 85 Scottish litter heroes with kits of sustainable litter picking equipment for their continuous efforts to Keep Scotland Beautiful. We would like to congratulation this month winner Bannockburn High School for their tremendous efforts and thank them whole heartily for all they do to banish litter from their local community.”

 

If you know a clean up hero in your own neighbourhood, why not make a nomination to us at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland

14 September 2022

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