St Mary’s 'Highly Commended' in Muddy Stilettos awards
The popular awards received over 400 entries this year, each showcasing modern and well-rounded initiatives in education across 13 different categories. The awards are judged by a panel made up of some of the most highly respected, senior educators in the UK, including several head teachers. The ‘Best Eco Initiative’ award celebrates schools that have undertaken initiatives to help protect the planet and which are empowering students to be agents of change in creating a better world.
St Mary’s Eco Committee is comprised of a group of dedicated students from Years 7 - 13 who are committed to making sustainable, environmentally friendly decisions to benefit the school community. In the 2021-2022 academic year, students involved in the Eco Committee succeeded in researching, compiling, and submitting a successful bid to secure a distinction in the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award - the international accreditation scheme that recognises young people’s environmental actions.
The committee holds fortnightly meetings, discussing and planning ideas and aspirations, supported by St Mary’s Sustainability Coordinator. A popular initiative run by the committee includes fortnightly ‘Eco Wednesdays’ meetings, where all year groups are welcome to join in fun, eco-related activities to help spread awareness in an exciting and inspiring way. The committee also introduced the ‘ReWorked Bin’ at the school, where unrecyclable materials are collected to turn them into useful products.
Congratulations to the Eco Committee on all your hard work and commitment. It’s a fantastic achievement to be recognised in these national awards.
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