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School’s sustainability work is honoured with eco-award

17th February 2021

Matt Dixon

Pupils and staff at a Threemilestone school are celebrating after receiving an eco-award. Wave Trust’s Carrick Academy won a Bronze Eco-Schools award in recognition of their achievements in working towards creating a sustainable lifestyle.

Ryan Brokenshire, principal of Carrick APA, said: "This is a fantastic pupil-led programme which helps to develop pupils’ skills, raise environmental awareness and improve the school environment.

“The journey begins by each school setting up a pupil eco-committee who carry out an environmental review about their school and its surrounding area. This information is then is used to create an action plan of key concerns and topics that the whole school can work on to make positive changes. “In Carrick we highlight the achievements in a special celebratory assembly held at the end of each week.”

Last year the trust, which runs six alternative provision academies based in Cornwall, launched its Green Charter which aims to teach young people about the environment. Each of the academies were encouraged to adopt sustainable practices.

As part of the charter, all Wave’s academies have signed up to the Eco-Schools programme, joining 19.5 million children from 67 countries who are working together to drive change and improve their environmental awareness.

Schools taking part are encouraged to work towards achieving an international Green Flag by completing seven steps based around topics including biodiversity, energy, global citizenship, healthy living, litter, marine, school grounds, transport and waste. Successfully completing the different steps enable schools to receive first a Bronze and then a Silver Award before achieving the official green flag status of an Eco-School.

Carrick Academy received its Bronze Eco-School award at the end of last term and pupils are now working towards securing a silver award. Topics for this term include waste, with a focus on recycling paper and cardboard by placing a recycling bag in every classroom; Global Citizenship, with classes creating pen pal links with other schools and a commitment to sourcing as much food locally as possible and Biodiversity, with pupils aiming to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity by sourcing and making bird houses and feeders. Pupils at Carrick are supporting the project.

One pupil said: “We need to stop being so wasteful with paper, because schools use a lot of paper.” Another added: “We need to start reusing old worksheets for scrap before we recycle it.”