Schools from across the borough gathered at the Civic Suite, Catford this week to mark the end of the 12th annual Clean & Green schools programme. Thirty Lewisham schools took part in the year long programme whose aim is to support and encourage teachers and children to explore topics which impact the environment for example, transport, bio-diversity, waste and recycling.
In previous years, Clean & Green schools have set up initiatives which have been sustained in subsequent school years. Previous winners have set up food growing areas, worked with local businesses to collect and recycle tin cans and started a walking bus for children to get to school.
This years ceremony was a fun event, starting with lunch and then award presentions by Cllr Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services. Entertainment for the afternoon was provided by Ade from Bigfoot Arts (pictured below) who did a one man show about the effects of global warming. Extra help was provided by children in the audience and included Luna (also below) from St Savious RC Primary School who rose to the challenge for some impromptu acting, making it an extra special performance.
This year has seen more great work from the schools who participated. Some of the achievements highlighted at the award ceremony included Haseltine School whose children, inspired by a trip to Brogdale Orchard in Kent, set about creating their own orchard using the fruit to make jams for their school breakfast club. Another school- Horniman Primary grew vegetables in their growing area and made up veg boxes to sell to the wider community. Both of these schools won gold awards for their effort.
Cllr Wise, who has shown continued support for the programme and judged many of this years entries, commented on the high standard of entries submitted again this year. Holbeach School received the runners up award with judges congratulating the amount of work they did to encourage recycling in the whole school.
The winners were Coopers Lane School (pictured above) whose work throughout the year culminated in an environmental open evening attended by the school and local community. They displayed the work they had done over the Clean & Green year. The judges were very impressed with the amount of effort made by the whole school and the degree to which the wider community were involved.
If you are a teacher of parent at a Lewisham school and would like more information on taking part in next years programme, please email Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx