The last week in July saw another triumphant end to 2014 environmental programme for Lewisham’s schools, Clean & Green. Each year, up to 25 schools in the borough sign up for the year long programme with the aim of increasing environmental awareness in their school through initiatives such as food growing, litter clean ups, recycling collection schemes. The sky really is the limit as schools are awarded at the end of the academic year for the most original and ingenious ways that they have come up with to help improve the environment of the school and surrounding areas.
Schools work on the programme from October to June, concentrating on their chosen theme and at the end of the year, they submit an entry showing what they have managed to achieve. Support is given along the way in the form of visits and assemblies. And as recognition of their hard work an award ceremony takes place in the Civic Suite, Catford, attended by representatives from the school and Lewisham’s local dignitaries in late July.
This years awards were presented by Cllr Rachel Onikosi – Cabinet Member for Public Realm and Nigel Tyrell – Head of Environment at Lewisham. The afternoon included a lunch for the children and teachers and an environmental performance called ‘Old Mother Earth’.
This years programme saw more excellent work from all the schools who took part, but particularly, the schools who managed to achieve awards who were – Coopers Lane, Haseltine, Holbeach, Watergate, St Augustines, Edmund Waller & Good Shepherd Primary Schools. St Winifreds Catholic and Stillness Infant Schools also managed to secure Gold awards.
All Saints Primary School was presented with the overall runner up award for their efforts to encourage the whole school and local neighbourhood to use more sustainable forms of transport. However, the overall winner of this years programme was Horniman Primary School who won the Clean & Green Distinction Award and a cheque for £300 for their pedal powered radio station which children, parents and teachers built in their school playground!
If you are a child, teacher or parent at a Lewisham school and would like more information on taking part in next years programme, please email David.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx for more information.