School flies green flag after award

Headteacher Mark Tilling and pupils with the Eco flag that will be flown at the school
Headteacher Mark Tilling and pupils with the Eco flag that will be flown at the school

GREEN-MINDED pupils will be showing off their hard work as a school celebrates receiving a prestigious award.

Staff and students at High Tunstall College of Science, in Hartlepool, were all smiles after the school was awarded Green Flag status.

The school, in Elwick Road, has its own Green League Group which gives pupils the chance to have their say on eco-friendly projects and ideas.

And to celebrate receiving the award in March this year, the students and teachers decided to organise their very own eco-week, taking place this week.

The proud students hoisted their green flag yesterday and a have a host of environmentally friendly activities organised for the next three days.

The school will officially open their new pond this week and have also planned a balloon race with primary schools. Staff and students will be kitted out in green on Thursday for a Wear Green Day raising money for school environmental projects.

Emma Watson, gifted and talented co-ordinator at the school, helped to organise the week with humanities faculty leader Laura Ovens.

Miss Watson said: “We wanted to have an eco-week as a celebration for the Green Flag award earlier this year.

“But with all the different things going on in school we have never got round to it before now.

“The pupils have been hard at work in preparation. They take their green projects very seriously and it promises to be a fantastic week.”

The school has made great efforts to be green-aware for a number of years. They were awarded the eco-schools bronze award three years ago and then achieved the silver award before receiving the Green Flag. The school was also recognised at the Hartlepool Mail’s Pride Awards for their environmental efforts.

Miss Watson said: “The students all play their part. The Green League group, which works as an Eco-Council works hard to make sure the school reduces its energy usage.

“We do lots of recycling and litter picking and we also have our own allotment in school.”

To help with the funding for their green projects students are also setting up a number of cake stalls and will be holding penalty shootouts and other competitions at lunchtimes throughout the week.

Parents are invited along to an event at the school tomorrow. A memorial garden is being opened in tribute to Pat Moss, a teacher at the school who died in 2005.

The event will take place between 4pm and 7pm.