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Bourne Elsea Park CE Primary Academy awarded Eco-Schools Green Flag Award for 2nd time

Pupils at Bourne Elsea Park CE Primary Academy have been awarded their second coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

Since achieving their first green flag in December 2018, both the children and staff have continued their eco-schools project to make a difference to the environment and surrounding community.

Executive headteacher Sarah Moore said: “Obtaining our second Green Flag award is something that the whole school and its surrounding community can be proud of.

Bourne Elsea Park Academy is awarded second Green Flag (43733349)
Bourne Elsea Park Academy is awarded second Green Flag (43733349)

“Each pupil has the knowledge that their actions can change their local environment for the better.

“It has been a fantastic initiative for all involved, however it is by no means over, as the greater challenge is to maintain what we have achieved so far and look towards ways of improving even further.”

Pupil involvement has continued to be a key part of the project, with children from each class being elected to form the eco warriors team.

For their first Green Flag award they chose energy, waste and water as their three eco topics.

The 'Keep Our Sea Plastic Free' artwork which was created
The 'Keep Our Sea Plastic Free' artwork which was created

This time after completing a new environmental review they decided on an additional two areas they wanted to improve: transport and litter. They created an action plan which outlined their actions and next steps, as well as leading assemblies and class meetings to inform the whole school about their work.

One of the highlights of the eco schools journey was working alongside Living Streets the UK charity for everyday walking. The eco warriors’ aim was to promote active and sustainable travel.

Parents, carers, staff and pupils took part in Walk on Wednesday events, journeys were tracked to and from school and the school achieved their Modeshift Stars Bronze award. In just a few months the school saw a decrease of six per cent in journeys to school by vehicles.

Additionally, the eco warriors launched a ‘pick up dog poo’ campaign which involved a competitionto design posters to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets. Posters were attached to lampposts in the surrounding community.

The whole school also collected bottle tops and created a colourful eye catching ‘Keep our sea plastic free’ display to raise awareness of litter and plastic in the ocean.

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