Park Primary pupils are eco champions

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Park Primary School has received its eighth Green Flag Award from Eco Schools Scotland which is part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful charity.

The accreditation lasts for two years and during that time the school had to choose three eco topics and a sustainable development goal. Over the last two years the whole school has been involved in topics related to litter, school grounds and energy linked to the Sustainable Development Goal 15, Life on Land.

Eco Schools Scotland were impressed by the development of the outdoor Play and Learn space for early years. This was done with the support of local businesses. This area is used by the ELC and primary ones for outdoor activities.  The action plan and how success was evaluated was also commented on. The eco group have worked very hard to keep our many projects going and have planned and run assemblies during Fairtrade Fortnight, Energy Fortnight, Waste Week, Eco Day and about endangered animals and marine litter.

All classes are involved in weekly litter picks and the P5-7 classes each do a beach clean and survey throughout the session. The eco group ran a stall at the Christmas fair to raise money to buy reusable beakers to use with school lunches and over a period of 16 weeks saved 3,320 single use cups from being thrown away.

Other projects include paired gardening ( with the ELC and P7 working together to grow fruit and vegetables in the school garden), P7/6 campaigning to improve the playground surface, P5 collecting crisp packets to support the training of guide dogs for the blind, outdoor learning in Dunollie Woods and P3s and 4s learning about Polar Lands and doing a sponsored Waddle for Whales to raise money to support the work of WWF.