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Five schools receive Green Flag award for exceptional dedication to environment

Thu, 16 Nov 2023

St Mary's Eco Committee
St Mary's Eco Committee

Five primary schools have received an internationally recognised award for their ‘exceptional dedication’ to environmental education and sustainable practices.

St Mary’s Roman Catholic, Andreas, St John’s, Henry Bloom Noble and Victoria Road primary schools have received the Eco-Schools’ highest Green Flag award.

Each completed the seven-step programme that engages children in learning about global issues such as climate change, biodiversity and marine conservation.

Additionally, each school established an eco-council to enact these ideas, including initiatives like cultivating their own food and setting up bird feeders and wildflower areas.

This achievement follows the collaborative efforts of the Department of Education, Sport, and Culture (DESC), working in conjunction with Eco-Schools, which conducted regular training sessions for teachers throughout the academic year.

Francis Hyland, UK Eco-Schools Coordinator, said: "We were thrilled to collaborate with DESC and Manx schools, aiming to promote eco-action and environmental learning, inspiring the conscientious leaders of tomorrow."

This partnership has enabled hundreds of pupils and teachers to develop new skills and gain a deeper understanding of key global environmental concerns.

Maryjane Douglas, a teacher at St John’s, said: “Our children are growing up in a world where climate change cannot be ignored. Alongside the program, they've learned to take simple steps to reduce the school’s carbon footprint. The children have been inspired and empowered and we are immensely proud of their initiatives.”


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