In 2016, the first Eco-Schools Teacher Network meetings started in East London. St Margaret’s CofE Primary School attended and after meeting other fantastic teachers they were inspired to start on their journey to Green Flag.
The journey to becoming a Green Flag School requires a lot of determination, hard work and plenty of pupil involvement. But this didn’t stop St Margaret’s. Staff and pupils banded together to make environmental improvements to their school. From litter picks to designing healthy lunches, St Margaret’s have done a lot in school to embed environmental topics into the curriculum. Working in partnership with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, St Margaret’s have created waste and recycling adverts to help encourage residents to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Our Education Officer, Emily, also worked with St Margaret’s and ran an Eco Day as part of the schools Waste Week. All the pupils had a chance throughout the day to create recycled artwork including milk bottle elephants, plastic bottle fish and yoghurt pot animals!
All of the schools hard work paid off and at the end of March 2017, St Margaret’s were visited by an Eco-Schools Assessor. The assessor had a tour around the school to see all the improvements that the pupils have implemented and this visit resulted in St Margaret’s CofE Primary School being awarded the Green Flag Award. Well done!