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St Peter’s Achieves Eco Schools Green Flag Award

St Peter’s School, York, has been awarded a Green Flag by the charity Eco Schools. The flag is an internationally recognised award and acknowledges the achievements of the Eco Club and Eco Committee at St Peter’s.

In order to achieve the award, pupils carried out an audit of the school’s environmental footprint and targeted three areas for improvement. They carried out many projects including setting up a recycling scheme with Terracycle, encouraging a switch to refillable water bottles, building bird boxes and taking part in a beach clean.

The Green Flag was presented in assembly and is now displayed on the school's flagpole.

Mrs Hall, co-ordinator of the Eco Club at St Peter’s, said: "I am very proud of all the pupils who tookpart in achieving the Eco Schools’ Green Flag Award. The Eco Council was created by the pupils in 2018 and the spin off Eco Club have taken their lead in identifying and working on projects to care for the environment at school and beyond.

“The pupils started the year with building bird boxes, then expanded the Terracycle collection points for crisp packets, plastic pens and toothbrush product recycling, and finished the year with a beach clean in Scarborough. It is exciting to see the enthusiasm that some of our pupils have for creating a responsible and sustainable future."

Mr Jeremy Walker, Head Master of St Peter’s, said: “The pupils have done a fantastic job to achieve theGreen Flag in such a short space of time. With COP 26 in Glasgow next month and the Duke of Cambridge’s Earthshot Awards having just started, the future of the environment is a key issue and I am proud to see action and engagement at St Peter’s.”