Posted on Tuesday 24th July 2012
Pupils are proud of their lovely surroundings
Pupils and staff at Llanhari Primary School are flying the flag for the environment - by gaining their second Green Flag Award.
The school in Aelfryn, Llanharry, has been recognised for the second time for its work to enhance and protect the environment. The Eco-Schools International Green Flag is awarded to schools with high achievement in the Eco Schools programme, which encourages pupils to engage with environmental and sustainable development issues.
Pupils and staff at Llanhari recycle as much waste material as possible and plant seeds, and the school’s greenhouse is made from recycled pop bottles. There is a beautiful nature reserve at the back of the school, and bird boxes encourage feathered friends to visit the school grounds.
Headteacher Jeremy Phillips said: "The school has put outdoor learning together with looking after our world at the heart of school life for a number of years. Pupils take pride and look after the wonderful grounds around the school and understand the role they play in looking after the environment."
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: "Congratulations to pupils and staff at Llanhari Primary School on receiving your second Green Flag Award.
"It is so important for children to learn to care for their environment from an early age - and the pupils at Llanhari have proven they are doing just that.
"We work closely with schools throughout the year to raise awareness of issues such as litter, recycling and graffiti and we hope our young citizens will continue to look after the environment as they grow up."
The Eco Schools programme is managed in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy and funded by the Welsh Government, the Countryside Council for Wales and Waste Awareness Wales.
Topic areas covered in the programme include Litter, Waste Minimisation, Transport, Healthy Living, Energy, Water, School Grounds and Global Citizenship.
View more images from Llanhari Primary School's Green Flag celebrations.