Success with the Green Flag
On Thursday 26 May, Woodchurch High School had its Green Flag assessment. The Green Flag assessor was Lynn Struve, Eco Schools Coordinator for Wirral who has worked with school for many years.
Lynn arrived just before 10.30 and was welcomed by Ben, Chair of the Eco Committee and Ben, Vice-Chair. She then met with all eleven members of the group, who had been working hard to prepare for the visit. Lynn began by introducing herself and talking about what would happen during the morning. Each pupil had assumed the role of ambassador for one of the nine Eco themes and had prepared information about it on a PowerPoint. The themes are Energy, Waste, Water, Biodiversity, School Grounds, Transport, Litter, Global Perspective and Healthy Living; and the Eco Committee coordinates a wide range of activities and events to promote these.
All pupils on the Committee then presented part of the PowerPoint and Lynn proceeded to ask them a series of searching questions about what they do, what motivates them and the systems in school. The pupils were fantastic ambassadors, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of environmental issues.
After this, Lynn was taken on a tour to see all the eco-friendly features of the school, including of course the farm. On her return she scrutinised the folders of evidence and was impressed at how every subject in the school promotes environmental awareness within its curriculum.
At the end of the visit, Ms Phillips presented Lynn with rhubarb, onions and eggs from the farm.
Soon after the visit we had a phone call to say that we had again been awarded our Green Flag, and some weeks later the official letter of confirmation arrived with the flag. The letter said:
"Well done Woodchurch High School! This is a truly inspirational Eco-school that shares its good practice with other schools across Wirral and especially supports its local community. The Eco Committee leads a large group of 120 eco representatives and this reflects the level of organisation and commitment by the whole school. The children are bright and enthusiastic and the coordinator does an amazing job to facilitate them. The farm has successfully created children that are confident animal handlers and care about the world around them. The school is a magnet for other Eco-Schools and is the jewel in Wirral’s crown".
Thanks to all the pupils and staff who have helped us to achieve this excellent accolade.