Students are on a school eco-mission

NRHNBE111122d3sch, Ripley Mill hill school eco team. Hannah Johnson, Cathy Newman, Phoebe Rainsford and Freya Roberts.
NRHNBE111122d3sch, Ripley Mill hill school eco team. Hannah Johnson, Cathy Newman, Phoebe Rainsford and Freya Roberts.

A GROUP of Mill Hill School pupils are leading the green fight.

The Eco Team set up in 2009 meets every Friday lunchtime to discuss ways of keeping the Ripley school environmentally friendly.

NRHNBE111122d2schh, Ripley Mill hill school eco team. Freya Roberts and Phoebe Rainsford.

NRHNBE111122d2schh, Ripley Mill hill school eco team. Freya Roberts and Phoebe Rainsford.

Group members take part in litter picks and encourage others to be more energy efficient in the classroom.

And after school they are busy looking after their sensory garden.

Last year the youngsters created quite a stir when they held a series of special assemblies for each year group. The Eco Team picked up every bit of litter that had been dropped for four days.

Then they revealed the amount in the assemblies – all 80 bin bags worth.

NRHNBE111122d1sch, Ripley Mill hill school eco team. Cathy Newman and Hannah Johnson

NRHNBE111122d1sch, Ripley Mill hill school eco team. Cathy Newman and Hannah Johnson

Running the group the school’s community manager Tony McIlroy said the four founding girls Hannah Johnson, Phoebe Rainsford, Cathy Newman and Freya Roberts have had a big effect in stopping pupils dropping litter. The school has been awarded silver status as part of the Government’s Sustainable School’s Project.

Hannah, 14, from Amber Heights in Ripley said: “I think it’s important to recognise what’s going on in the world - climate change is happening to all of us, not just a few people.

“It’s so important that schools get involved.”