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In September we were thrilled to share that after eighteen months' hard work on a variety of environmental projects, Oakley School was awarded their Eco Schools Green Flag, the top award on offer. Our Green Flag finally arrived this week and the pupils had great fun raising the flag outside the school reception.
Comments from the assessor included: "I found the students at Oakley School very enthusiastic about the Eco projects they have covered. They are clearly proud of their school and of all that they do to help the environment. They are well supported by staff who share their enthusiasm. They have exciting plans for the future and I feel sure that Eco-Schools will play a central part of the students' work in years to come. Well done to everyone".
Eco Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet.
Projects have included the Big Battery Hunt which is ongoing, the great Oakley Spring Clean centered in our outdoor areas and a drink more water project.
Following on from the success of our Green Flag award, our ECO Team have already started our next project: WASTE!
Phase 1 pupils and their families are collecting used toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes and other oral hygiene products.
Phase 2 pupils and their families are collecting empty (clean) crisp packets, which will also give us a chance to raise funds for the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance. We need to collect 8kg of packets!
Phase 3 pupils and their families are collecting used pens -any brand of biro, highlighter, felt tip or marker pens are accepted!
Thank you to all our families for supporting our campaigns and to all the staff who are supporting the children with their projects and eating too many crisps!