PRIMARY school pupils are flying the flag for a sustainable world after been rewarded for their eco-activities.
Throston Primary School has been awarded a second green flag to mark their efforts from EDF Energy’s The Pod, a green programme for schools.
And to celebrate the recognition, Hartlepool Power Station’s director Simon Parsons went along to the school to meet the pupils and staff whose good work led to the latest award.
Mr Parsons said: “It was a real honour to go into the school and see all they do in terms of eco-activities, such as the nature garden, the new orchard and working with the Wildlife Trust.
“At Hartlepool Power Station sustainability is also a by-word for all we do, from producing low carbon electricity to ensuring we reduce our waste to a minimum,
“But having the chance to see how others approach sustainability is important as after my fascinating visit I can also adopt some of the school’s ideas on site.” The Pod is a green programme for schools who sign up online and then join in a variety of lessons and activities.
Once they have reached a certain eco-level the schools are awarded a green flag for three years to mark their efforts, and Throston Primary School has just had its green flag issued until 2017.
Staff and environmentally-friendly youngsters at the school have now set key targets for the rest of this academic year including to reduce energy usage, with teachers and classes named and shamed by the eco-comittee for leaving lights on or not turning off equipment.
Linda Crowe, environmental coordinator and Year 4 teacher at the school, in Flint Walk, said: “The children work hard and believe the eco message we promote and the staff always try to include environmental issues and their consequences into their lessons.
“As a school we care for our environment, each other and the future.
“We pride ourselves on turning out well-rounded caring children.”