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Kinlochleven High School has been awarded the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Eco-Schools Scotland aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of all schools, for both pupils and for staff.
It also provides a framework to engage the wider school community in action and support aligned with the purposes of Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability.
Eco-Schools Scotland offers schools a choice of 10 topics to engage with, from food and the environment, to litter, to energy.
‘Kinlochleven High School chose to focus on a wide range of Eco-Schools topics and Global Goals, but two projects we are most proud of are the S1 Bee Project as part of their It’s Your Neighbourhood Campaign and the S2 anS3 work with Green Hydro Renewables,’ said headteacher Rebecca Machin.
‘The S1 pupils research the important role of bees and the potential impact of their decline. As well as making posters and a wee film for the local community, they also designed and implemented improvements to our kitchen garden to make our local environment a more bee friendly place.
‘The school has also been able to develop a school/business partnership with a local STEM company, Green Highland Renewables, which has co-ordinated site visits to the powerhouse and dam for all of our S2, as well as our S3 physicists.
‘Green Highland Renewables has also very kindly come in to school to give a STEM sector careers talks, which was also supported by DYW West Highland and Skills Development Scotland, illustrating a variety of career pathways in STEM careers, from apprenticeship, further and higher education in a huge range of fields, all working locally in the Kinlochleven area, thus demonstrating the wide range of opportunities available here.
‘On the back of this, our S2 pupils also developed a Green Energy Manifesto project involving all of our STEM Subjects.’
Ms Machin continued: ‘We received a grant from Royal Society to buy resources such as programmable LEGO. Pupils had to come up with different ideas, model and test then, presenting them to our local politicians at our first Energy Expo event.
‘The involvement of our pupils and the encouragement they have received from the pupils has been outstanding. Receiving our second Green Flag is a wonderful and very worthy recognition of all of the work that has been done by our school community.’
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: ‘Congratulations to the eco-committee, and all other pupils and staff at Kinlochleven High School who worked so hard to achieve their second Green Flag Award.
‘Now the pupils and educators of Kinlochleven High School can proudly say they are engaged in a real movement, across over 60 countries in five continents, striving to improve our environment through learning for sustainability.’