Over the last three years Y Pant School has worked hard to achieve Bronze and Silver Awards for working towards promoting sustainable development, this hard work was celebrated further on the 5th May 2011 when a team of assessors visited the school to meet with the Y Pant Eco-Committee and as a result of this meeting awarded the school an International Green Flag for outstanding work towards sustainable development.
The Eco-Committee worked hard in preparation for the assessment day with year 9 Key Skills pupils presenting one of their excellent assemblies on litter and a group of year 9 pupils providing the assessors with a tour of the school to show them the excellent work they have been involved in . The group also collected a range of work to show the assessors, which they were very impressed with!
Thanks to Megan Prewett, Chloe Booth-Jones, Charlotte Hamm all year 7 and Bronwen Rees, Amy Knight, Kathryn Davies, Natasha Vincent, Emily Peacock, Georgia Goody and Alex Cheung all year 9 for their involvement on the day!
The Eco-Committee has been working on ways to improve Recycling, Litter and Energy use across the school. The group made up of pupils from year 7-13 meet at least every half term and over the last three years have met regularly to discuss progress/areas for development. Some of the excellent work they have been involved in includes:
- Reviewing the whole school for sustainable issues
- Litter Pick projects
- Litter Monitoring
- Art Projects
- Transition Projects
- Water Monitoring
- Go Green Days
- Whole School Signs
- Developing our Eco-Code
- Producing the whole school Sustainable Development Policy
- Sustainability Innovation Groups run by Mr Swallow
A number of curriculum areas and departments helped the School achieve the International Green Flag Award, by showing excellent work in areas such as; Transport, Biodiversity, Recycling, Litter, Water. A big thank you must also go out to:
- Learn Smart – for excellent litter project in year 7
- All COPE pupils for their project work about their local community along with the wide variety of projects they have participated in with ‘Keep Wales Tidy’
- The MAAT – ‘Enviro-vision’ project initiated and led by Mrs Lloyd-Davies
- Art Dept – for all the fantastic recycled/Multi Cultural themed masks
- ICT department for the excellent transition project.
- All departments involved in the auditing
The assessors were very impressed by the school’s engagement with Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, and the level of staff and pupil involvement with environmental issues.
The assessors noted:
‘the willingness of the whole school to work on making sustainable changes was demonstrated with an excellent curriculum audit of sustainable development supported by a range of good recycling initiatives’
What must also be celebrated is the schools grading for litter. The school was awarded a grade ‘B’ – i.e. mostly litter-free with some small items found in overgrown areas and borders. This is a good outcome for a large site like ours but remember more can be done. In two years time when we are next reviewed we will be aiming for the ‘A’ grade of litter-free!
Keep up the good Work!
If you would like to join the Eco-Committee see Mr Stephens or Mr Swallow for more information.
So what does the future hold?
- The group hope to collect more data on Water usage, Litter and Electricity to establish baseline figures and analyse these over time to drive further action and improvement. The group hope to show more achievements in sustainable development.
- Further promotion of the Eco-Schools programme to make it more visible.