Young eco-warriors in Walsham-le-Willows fly the flag for green issues

Walsham le Willows primary school scoops Green Flag award
Eco club with the flag.
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160419-170219009
Walsham le Willows primary school scoops Green Flag award Eco club with the flag. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160419-170219009

Young eco-warriors at a West Suffolk school are once again flying the flag for environmental issues.

Pupils at Walsham-le-Willows Primary have won the Green Flag Award from Eco Schools England for the sixth time running.

To retain the accolade, the school must provide evidence every two years to demonstrate commitment to sustainability, care and concern for the environment and a responsibility to reduce waste.

Tracey Gorzelak, teacher and Eco Schools leader, said: “We have an Eco Committee to be proud of - they were keen to show the assessor around the school and explain how everyone works hard to keep Green Flag status. Comments were received about how well Eco is embedded across the whole school, the pupils understanding of their impact on the world and about the strong support of parents and the local community.”

For the award, the school covers nine topics within its curriculum and Forest Schools Programme - transport, waste, water, litter, school grounds, healthy living, energy, biodiversity and global citizenship.

Activities included visits to Kew Gardens and Sizewell B Energy Centre. Meanwhile, the eco committee with two representatives from each class ensures the school’s green ethos is maintained. It also leads assemblies, runs campaigns, holds competitions and encouraged classmates to take part in the national ‘Clean for the Queen’ schools poster contest.

Year 5 pupil Bethany Campbell was chosen as one of the runners up for her poster which included the slogan ‘littering is bad, don’t make the world sad’. For her efforts, the school received a set of litter picks to ensure its grounds are waste free as well as help with the bi-annual litter pick in the village.