We are thrilled to announce that, after much hard work by the student-led Green Council and Mrs Prestney, Trinity has been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag in recognition of the commitment by students and the school to sustainability issues.
The application involved an environmental review of the school looking at issues such as biodiversity, energy, global citizenship, healthy eating, transport, waste and water usage. A board of JBugs contributed to the review during their form time and two Sixth Form students liaised with the Head of Estates to answer questions around site management and Head of Community Action on our charitable activity. The review also involved developing an action plan to further build on current initiatives.
Feedback from Eco-Schools called out the ‘group of eager, enthusiastic volunteers’ involved with the Green Council and the engaging links to environmental issues across many areas of the curriculum which were ‘imaginative, practical and fun’. They were impressed by how students were ‘taking Eco-Schools work home with them and getting their families on board’ and praised the work done to successfully establish the thriving Trinity Community Garden – a major focus for this year’s activity.
Mrs Prestney said, “It is wonderful to have received this award from Eco-Schools and gives us a real motivation to continue to build on our sustainability commitments. Working with a group of passionate students is really inspiring and we have come up with great plans for next year and beyond. I’d like to thank all students, staff and parents who have been involved in the application, Green Council or Community Garden this year – this award is recognition of all that hard work.”
At a macro level, although significant investment will be required in the years ahead, our current solar array of 876 panels is being expanded to all our remaining roof spaces in the next few months, and this will provide up to 50% of our electrical energy requirement on some days.
Scroll right to see more stories