11 January 2019

Arthur Terry School flies the flag for sustainability

The outstanding Arthur Terry School has commenced its journey to become an International Green Flag Award, Eco-School. The programme is designed to raise environmental awareness among young people with international reach extending to 67 countries. The school is now part of this global community working to create environmental change for the benefit of future generations.

Over 43 students with students from all year groups have come together to form an active and enthusiastic eco-committee who meet once a fortnight. Already the students have made an active start to helping engaging the whole school community in considering the importance of protecting the planet. In order to start our process and begin thinking about small changes we can all make to our everyday lives, students were asked to make a small eco-commitment. Students and staff across the school made personal commitments on outlines of their hands with pledges ranging from using reusable water bottles to walking to school. The pledges were displayed on an Eco-Pledge Tree.

But this was just the start. In the weeks following students have already raised awareness of the issues surrounding Palm Oil and the message behind the banned Iceland message, successfully rolled out a scheme to recycle writing instruments, actively promoting the school’s status as ‘Bic Community Champion’ and have carried out a detailed audit of the school and identified areas for development within the school. They have also carried detailed research into issues such deforestation, pond restoration, and the new exciting ‘Eco-bricking’ initiative. We hope that the new Eco-School Committee will represent the beginning of an environmental shift at Arthur Terry, with the whole community making a contribution to the global environment through sustainable local actions.

Anna Martin, geography teacher at Arthur Terry School, said:

The students have been full of ideas. Each meeting there is a buzz in the room and a clear vision to make a change not only at school but locally and globally. It has been an absolute delight to see the enthusiasm students hold for promoting environmental awareness. Their passion and commitment has been inspiring and highlights how all no matter are age are able to make a positive change! I am so proud to see the students taking ownership of telling others about issues they clearly feel passionate about, I have no doubt that they can be the change they want to see! It’s certainly made me more determined to make those little changes that will make a big difference.”