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Avonbourne Boys' and Girls' Academies receive International Award for their Eco Efforts

Avonbourne Boys' and Girls' Academies receive International Award for their Eco Efforts

International accreditation recognises students’ contributions to green initiatives.

 

Students and staff at Avonbourne Academies have been awarded the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag, an international accreditation which recognises their commitment to protecting the planet.

Eco-Schools is an international education programme that encourages young people to engage with environmental issues and take innovative action to benefit the people and places around them. The Green Flag award is presented to those schools who are actively helping to improve their local environment as a celebration of their achievements. 

Led by Associate Assistant Principal and carbon neutral champion Laura Tsabet, the academy’s student Eco-Committee began by conducting an environmental review to assess how eco-friendly their school is. As part of this, they reviewed everything from the school’s recycling practices and energy usage, to how environmental messages are displayed in classrooms. Building on their findings, students planned a year of activities to strengthen the academy’s green credentials. 

The group connected their work to three Eco-Schools topics: school grounds, transport and waste. Some of the positive steps students have since taken include introducing recycling bins in all classrooms and Terracycle waste streams for hard-to-recycle items, participating in Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel initiative, and reducing plastic waste in the school canteens.

Adem, Year 12 student at Avonbourne Academies and Eco-Committee lead, said: 

"Being part of the Eco Committee has raised my pride in our community. Let's help the Earth succeed!" 

Toni, Year 10 student at Avonbourne Academies and Eco Prefect, said: 

"I decided to join the Eco team because I believe in environmental change. My proudest moment was seeing that a group of different people were able to work together for a common goal for a more environmentally friendly school.”

Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said: 

“Earning an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award takes passion, commitment and a desire to make a difference. Pupils should be proud of their great work. They’re an inspiration and it makes us feel heartened and positive about the future of our planet.”

Laura Tsabet, Associate Assistant Principal at Avonbourne Academies and carbon neutral champion said: 

“Our school recycling project has been our biggest success. It has changed students’ attitudes to recycling and opened up their eyes to the sheer amount of unnecessary materials being sent to landfill on a daily basis.”

Michelle Dyer, Principal at Avonbourne Academies, said:

“Congratulations to the Eco Committee and Mrs Tsabet for earning this fantastic award on behalf of the school. I know how hard they have worked to improve on and implement the environmental commitments we have made at Avonbourne, and it has been wonderful to see students and staff alike take on our new green initiatives with excitement and vigour. I look forward to seeing what new plans and initiatives the Eco Committee come up with in the future, as we take on our official role as a Green Flag Eco-School.”

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Posted: Jul 14, 2022,
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