Eco Warriors Gain Green Flag Status
Eight children from Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 have taken meaningful steps to ensure Highfield and Brookham Schools are as eco-friendly as possible. The eight Eco Warriors had already received their Bronze and Silver Awards from Eco-Schools, part of Keep Britain Tidy, but this wasn’t enough for our determined children.
The team worked tirelessly over the past academic year, planning and implementing projects in order to gain the prestigious Green Flag Status. They focused on three key areas:
- Biodiversity: to encourage and protect the hedgehog population at Highfield and Brookham, they made four wooden hedgehog boxes which they placed in the school grounds.
- Energy: they organised a SWISH event where people brought in quality items of clothes which they no longer wore and swapped them. They also visited our very own biomass and learnt about this renewable energy source. They held an assembly on the biomass to educate all the children in the school about it. The wood-chip biomass, which has been running for 7 years, replaced 20 oil fired burners, saving 140,000 litres of oil per year.
- Global Citizenship: they learnt about Fair Trade and made posters which they displayed in the hall during Fair Trade week.Luckily, just before lockdown a Green Flag Assessor came to Highfield and Brookham where the Eco Warriors spent time showing him around and explaining how they believed they qualified for a Green Flag.
We learned about how the school produces energy via a renewable source. With a focus on cutting pollution, it seemed important to find out how the school plays its part.
The Eco-Schools programme is an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path towards improving the environment in both the school and the local community while at the same time having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people and their families.
The children and Mrs Baber, our Pre-Prep Head Teacher, were overjoyed at the news of their Green Flag Status but they won’t stop there. When asked what their next steps were the Eco Warriors said,
Organise another Swish event. Talk to the catering staff about our meat and dairy consumption. Look at other ways we can encourage biodiversity within the school grounds.
Find out more about Highfield and Brookham Schools and our environmental ethos.