Run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and encourages young people to take positive steps to ensure that we look after our environment.
Congratulating the school, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “What a great achievement. The pupils, staff and parents should be extremely proud of themselves.
“The Eco Schools programme is a great way to teach children about the importance of looking after the world around them and provides a useful framework for learning, in line with the curriculum of excellence. Well done to everyone at Small Isles Primary School.”
To earn the Green Flag Award, pupils have been following the seven elements of the programme, involving the whole school and wider community throughout.
The children took part in a project on reducing food waste, recognising it as a form of litter, and set up recycling stations for various items such as crisp packets and toothbrushes. They have also studied the way water goes “from the taps to our tummies”, even testing water from taps across Jura.
The award assessor praised the school’s efforts, saying their application was ‘one of the strongest to the programme that they have ever assessed’ and that, as a school community, they have worked hard to ensure that their work has an impact both within the school and also within the local community.