Pupils and staff at Carrick Academy are celebrating after receiving a Bronze Eco- Schools award in recognition of their achievements in working towards creating a sustainable lifestyle. 

 

Last year Wave Trust, which runs six alternative provision academies based in Cornwall, four academies based in Devon and the Community and Hospital Education Service (CHES) & Torlands based across three centres in Devon and Cornwall, launched its Green Charter which aims to teach young people about the environment, with each of the academies 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.

The largest educational programme in the world, schools taking part are encouraged to work towards achieving an international Eco-Schools Green Flag by completing seven steps based around a number of different 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.

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

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”.

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.