We have kept our Green Flag - 21/03/12
Since 2007 an intrepid group of staff and pupils have worked tirelessly to improve the environment in which children at Ganton work and play whilst developing the school curriculum so that pupils can learn more about keeping healthy, the world around them, global diversity, energy efficiency, waste and recycling, transport, water and biodiversity. The Eco School Action Team (ESAT) formed in 2007 operates with half termly meetings and has a clear action Plan for each term.
In late January we were assessed by John and Ann Raynor and, having interviewed pupils and students and seen the work around the school grounds on both the primary and secondary sites, they decided to recommend re- approval for the highest Green Flag status. No sooner had our celebrations died down, did we hear the wonderful news that our application for Free Solar Panels, through Keep Britain Tidy, had also been approved and in March 2012 the installation of our 95 huge panels took place. These should generate a massive amount of energy which pupils will be able to track via a virtual monitor and will provide a lasting legacy for the environment.
In addition to the panels the ESAT have been busy developing gardening activities both in and outside the class rooms and have secured funding for this, and a new Cooking Club, from the local authority. Many people are supporting and developing different aspects of the work and people are enjoying the outcomes. Our Fairtrade Fortnight was a massive success raising the profile of Fairtrade products and educating parents and staff about the 'Steps to Change' focus.