Five schools receive Green Flag award for ‘exceptional dedication’ to environment

Thursday, 16 November 2023

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

Four students from St John’s primary school holding bird feeders that they have made as part of the seven-step programme for the green flag

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.

Group of students from St John’s primary school standing behind a vegetable garden that they are growing as a way to make the school more eco friendly, as part of the seven-step programme for the green flag

This initiative prompted students to consider changes they could implement within their school and personal lives.

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.

A group of students from St Mary’s primary school sitting on grass, with two students standing behind the group holding a green eco schools flag

This achievement follows the collaborative efforts of the Department of Education, Sport, and Culture (DESC), working in conjunction with Eco-Schools, who 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.

Julie Edge MHK, Minister for Education, Sport, and Education, said:

‘This significant milestone represents our collective endeavour to instil in students a sense of responsibility for the world they inhabit. We are appreciative of the guidance and support from Eco-Schools and hope it leads to a life-long love of the natural world.’

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.’

The schools’ accomplishments reflect DESC’s commitment to continuously raise awareness and understanding of climate change and sustainable practices at all levels of education.

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