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Feversham College Achieves Green Flag Status

Feversham College staff and students are delighted to achieve the prestigious Green Flag award; the Green Flag is the highest accolade given out by Eco schools and demonstrates the whole schools commitment to improving its environment.

We started our Eco schools journey in 2010, since then the Eco team with the guidance and support of Miss Walaszewski the Eco Co-ordinator, have worked very hard on a number of successful iniatives such as; recycling plastic bottles, paper and now batteries. Anti- Litter campaigns, reducing energy consumption with our ongoing campaigns to switch off lights and projectors when not in use in classroom and offices. The Eco Team has also raised awareness about Fair Trade iniatives through assemblies, GST activities and they continue to promote fair trade campaigns by holding regular fair trade stalls every Thursday at break.

In order to achieve the Green Flag award, Eco team had to first achieve Bronze and then Silver Awards to show they had accomplished a significant and sustained environmental impact in school. The team met weekly to discuss progress and future projects. The whole school was kept informed of activities through assemblies, presentations, posters, up to date Eco schools notice board and adopting an Eco code that is displayed in every classroom and office.

Most recently, the Eco team worked very hard to collect information and compile portfolios of evidences about everything they had done in accordance with Eco schools criteria, ready to share with the Assessor who visited the college on Friday November 27th.

The assessor commented on the schools work by saying how well the eco committee had helped to reduce litter within the school by involving everyone - both staff and students in making our learning and working environment clean and healthy. The assessor was very interested to see the Green Flag power point which we produced for GST classes, and commented on our clever and simple Eco Code and the use of the logo ‘Flo the friendly flower’. The assessor praised the eco committee’s efforts to get more students and staff to recycle plastic bottles by encouraging them to place the bottles in with the paper in classroom recycling bins.

We would like to thank the Eco team, all staff and students for their continued hard work and commitment to making Feversham College a more Eco friendly learning environment. This award is recognition of how far we have come in developing the sustainability agenda. We will continue to encourage our students to have an important sense of social responsibility for the future of their environment as citizens of the world. (Mrs Noor)

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