MORECAMBE Community High School has won a Green Flag award for being eco-friendly.
The international award is in recognition of the school’s work on sustainability and soon the school will proudly be flying their own green flag.
Dr Phil Jumeau, assistant headteacher, said: “We’ve been working on this for the last three years, focusing on energy conservation and this has had an impact already towards reducing the electricity bill.
“The children have hung up posters and changed people’s habits.
“Computers are turned off at the end of the day and there is a switch off on all the lights.
“We recycle paper, card, clothes, batteries and old phones.
“Every week students collect waste paper. The money from recycling goes to the school or charity.
“The eco action team run the show and came up with the ideas.”
The team, consisting of pupupils from years 7, 8 and 9, meet once every half term and have an agenda and minutes.
“Part of our job is to make students aware of their environmental responsibility and the kids are receptive to this,”said Dr Jumeau. Students and staff have been working on a nature area which also has allotments.
The allotments are open to members of the community to grow their own produce.
Organic vegetables grown on the allotments are given to the school canteen for pupils to eat.
Dr Jumeau said: “It’s making people aware that it’s possible to grow your own food and its getting the message out there.
“The nature area relies on natural predators and it’s an educational tool. It relates to science, biology and english.
“It’s quite special and is an area for development.
“We’ve registered most of the allotments and we had finance from the power station and other organisations to develop the nature area.
“Pupils lined the pond and planted trees.
“We also have an orchard.
“I think it’s brilliant that we won the award, the students worked hard and had a sense of achievement. The students take great pride in the work they do.”
Morecambe Community High School produces ‘Green Shoots’ a newsletter about everything the school is doing for the environment.
The school’s own ‘Eco-code’ for pupils to follow has reduced electricity bills and raised funds through recycling.
For more information viait http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/ecoschools/.