The pupils and staff of King’s Hawford were delighted, upon their return from the half term break, to learn that they had been awarded the sought-after Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction. Having engaged in a rigorous process which involved the completion of seven specific steps, the pupils thoroughly deserve to be recognised and rewarded for their ecological achievements.
The judging panel were delighted to see such a large number of pupils involved with the King’s Hawford Eco-Committee and that the older pupils relished the opportunity to take responsibility for taking minutes and creating agendas for each meeting, “especially as some meetings were via zoom during COVID.” They were also pleased to see children as young as Reception and Year 1 involved in eco-activities across the school.
Commenting on the Environmental Review carried out by the King’s Hawford Eco-Committee as part of the application process, the panel could see “this prompted lots of discussion about the topics that they would like to cover this year, but also identified other areas to improve on going forward.” They particularly loved the idea of making a video to keep the wider school community updated.
It was highlighted that “all of the Eco-Committee were involved in creating the Action Plan and that the three topics were all very successfully developed: Biodiversity – installing bug hotels, bird feeders and bee highways in the school grounds are very pupil friendly activities! Global Citizenship – wow! You have managed to raise £8,000 in just 20 months for four charities from clothes donations to litter picking with the Canal and Rivers Trust – you should all be very proud of this amount of fundraising in such a short space of time and with the restraints of COVID and lockdowns as well – amazing work! Energy – it is brilliant that you have appointed energy monitors in your school – this is a very pupil-led project that raises awareness, makes a difference and changes behaviour – well done!”
The communication between our Eco-Committee and the wider school community has always been strong, with pupils regularly talking to their peers, introducing suggestion boxes in each classroom, assemblies, school newsletter and social media for which they were praised, demonstrating “how embedded and valued the Eco-Schools programme” is at King’s Hawford. The judges were also impressed with the King’s Hawford Eco-Code and the video that the pupils submitted to accompany it. It “just shows how much hard work your school has done towards making the planet, a healthier and greener one!”
The Eco-School Green Flag panel concluded their report by saying, “it has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to review your Eco-Schools Green Flag application – you are most definitely a worthy Eco-Schools with Distinction Green Flag Award winner.” We couldn’t agree more.