Pupils show the way with third Green Flag

Larbert High School is the first in Scotland to get a third green flag
Larbert High School is the first in Scotland to get a third green flag

Pupils at a local school are showing the way ahead when it comes to fighting for the environment.

While every other high school in the Falkirk Council area has still to make its mark on the green landscape, Larbert High School is way ahead of the pack.

The school held a trash fashion show as one of the many events to gain their third Green Flag

The school held a trash fashion show as one of the many events to gain their third Green Flag

For it has already notched up not one, not two, but three Green Flags in the prestigious scheme that aims to get pupils, staff and the community thinking about environmental matters.

Thanks to the efforts of the school eco-committee, as well as pupils and staff, the school has cut down on waste and put saving energy at the top of the agenda.

Lesleyann McGlennon, one of the core members of the committee, thinks it is vital everyone gets behind environmental issues.

The fourth year pupil said: “I’ve always been interested in nature and how to protect it, so I knew I wanted to get involved in the eco committee.

“I think we have made a big difference to the school - recycling is up, waste is down and we have vegetables beginning to sprout in the school grounds.”

To get a Green Flag, schools have to commit to working on environmental issues throughout all year groups, and incorporate them into the curriculum too.

Geography teacher Alison Fyfe said the need for all years to be involved in the scheme makes it difficult for high schools to gain the prestigious flag.

“In a primary school it is a lot easier to dedicate a set time every week to concentrate on environmental issues but with a high school you can’t take the children out of class.

“But all the pupils have really got behind the initiative and support it.”

From August, pupils at Larbert High will be able to opt into taking classes in being green in addition to the environmental themes already in all subjects.

Fraser Johnston (S4) has been a member of an eco-committee since he was in primary two at a school in Stirling.

He said: “There has been some good work already done and I think when the committee is incorporated into class time, we’ll get even more projects on the go. We have our garden area which we just started and the seedlings are growing, but in the next few years we hope to have lots of vegetables growing there as well as providing a space for wildlife.”

Rector Jon Reid praised the efforts of the pupils. He said: “I am delighted the outstanding work of our pupils has been recognised with the award of a green flag for the third time.

“The contribution to improving the school’s environment, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging active citizenship, building partnerships with local community groups and developing international links has been phenomenal. When this work is coupled with encouraging the leadership qualities of the young people involved, it is even more impressive.”