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Dunkeld, Kirkmichael and Perth Schools all Win Eco Flag Award

Three schools in Perth and Kinross have been recognised for their efforts in spreading awareness and engaging with improving their local environment.

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s School Eco Flags initiative is aiming to recognise education in sustainability through their seven elements programme by rewarding schools with flags for their participation.

The Royal School of Dunkeld, Kirkmichael Primary School and Paint Pots Nursery in Perth are three of the schools in Perth and Kinross the renew their flag.

A spokesperson for Keep Scotland Beautiful explained: “Through the Eco-Schools Scotland programme, Keep Scotland Beautiful aims to make environmental awareness and action to tackle climate change an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of schools, for both pupils and for staff. The programme provides a framework to engage the wider school community in action and support aligned with the purposes of Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability.

“To complete the Green Flag journey each school has a choice of ten topics to engage with, from food and the environment, to litter, to energy. The schools also choose one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to link their Eco-Schools work to.”

The Royal School of Dunkeld is renewing their flag for their twenty second year after being first awarded the flag back in 1999.

Kirkmichael Primary School is celebrating their twelfth year of renewing the flag since first 2009 and Paint Pots nursey are enjoying their eighth year of renewing their flag.

Each of the schools have found their own way to help teach the next generation about our planets environment.

Pupils at the Royal School of Dunkeld campaigned against single use plastics and carried out a community litter pick as part of their John Muir Award work.

Whereas Kirkmichael Primary School pupils worked on reducing energy use in the school using a reward system to recognise classes that were especially good at switching things off. 

And Paint Pots Nursery, children carried out experiments to learn about how litter breaks down in the environment, did a litter pick in the community and made space for birds in the nursery grounds. 

Barry Fisher, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Congratulations to the Eco-Committee, pupils and staff at each of these schools, who have worked so hard to achieve their Green Flag Award, particularly during a time of unprecedented adjustment and change to education caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. This is a great achievement and testament to the resilience and creativity of both pupils and educators.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is committed to supporting all our children and young people to develop the capacities, skills and attributes required to protect our planet for the future.”

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