School aiming for top green work award

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Students are striving for a top award by trying to turn their school ‘green’ and making it more environmentally friendly.

Ten students at Mill Hill School are part of an eco-club being run at the Ripley school with the aim of helping them to understand and learn about sustainability.

They take part in a number of activities including growing vegetables, looking into ways of saving water and energy, recycling textiles and cans, and even taking part in litter picks in the community.

Katrina Van Rensburg, a teaching assistant at Peasehill-based Mill Hill, runs the eco-club and said it was a whole school effort.

She said: “As well as students, we also have staff members on our committee including the bursar, caretakers, canteen staff and a governor.

“The students meet twice a week and we are very proud to have won the silver and bronze awards, but now we would really like to go for the Green Flag award.

“We will have to show that within school we use paper from ecologically funded sources, we are making sure that our energy levels are kept to a minimum and that everything is insulated. We need to attract wildlife to our school garden and we are hoping to get involved in projects in our local community.”

The eco-club is also behind the school’s involvement in Switch Off Fortnight, an Eco-Schools’ campaign from November 18 and December 1, encouraging saving energy.