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Two Highland schools awarded Eco-Schools Green Flag status

Pupils from Kinlochewe Primary School celebrate their 8th Green Flag. Picture: Kinlochewe Primary School
Pupils from Kinlochewe Primary School celebrate their 8th Green Flag. Picture: Kinlochewe Primary School

Two schools in the Highlands have been granted Eco-Schools Green Flag Award status for their climate activism.

Kinlochewe Primary School and Kirkhill Primary School have been recognised for their commitment to climate action through community engagement.

The award goes to schools with an awareness about climate change and participates in the Eco-Schools Scotland programme.

One way the pupils at both schools have shown their commitment to the cause is by regular community litter-picking sessions to tidy up the streets in the area.

Kinlochewe Primary School has been awarded Eco-Schools Green Flag status. Google Maps.

Keep Scotland Beautiful aims to put climate action and activism at the forefront of children’s education.

To complete the Green Flag journey each school has a choice of 10 topics to engage with, from climate action, food, environment and energy.

Both Highland schools have completed their programme and are now green flag schools.

Catherine Gee, deputy chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I’d like to congratulate the eco-committee, pupils and staff at each of these schools, who have stepped up to play their part in combatting climate change, and achieve their Green Flag Award.

“It’s great to hear about the progress schools have made towards their Green Flags – up and down the country, pupils and staff are working hard growing, litter picking and learning.

Kirkhill Primary School has received Eco-School Green Flag status. Google Maps.

Kirkhill Primary School Principal Teacher, Nicola Morgan said: “We are so proud to have achieved our seventh Eco Flag, which means Kirkhill Primary School has flown an Eco Flag for fourteen consecutive years.

“Achieving our award over the last two years has been a real team effort, our staff, pupils and their parent/carers have all worked together to ensure we continued to learn about ways in which to live more sustainable, eco-conscious lives.

“The children are passionate about using their voices to drive change, both in and out of school.”

Kinlochewe Primary School Head Teacher, Tom O’Halloran said: “The pupils are so excited to have won our 8th Green Flag.

“The reviewers were especially pleased with how sustainable education is embedded in learning, highlighting how our work enables children to understand how small changes can have a big impact.

“We have embraced the Eco-Schools ethos and work hard to embed environmental education in all areas of the curriculum at Kinlochewe Primary.”

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