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Winner – Brynnau Primary School
Brynnau Primary school has successfully created a “Community Garden” through the combined efforts of the staff, the school council and eco council. They have worked with the community to regenerate a neglected area of land adjacent to their school. The project aided in developing community cohesion and worked alongside Environmental Services, The Detached Youth Workers, Community Council, Wildlife Trust and local Police. They now have a community garden and outdoor classroom that serves as a vital facility to develop cross-curricular learning of sustainable development. Helping others to succeed is the school’s motto and the project has given pride to the wider community.
Winner – Tref Y Rhyg Primary School
Tref Y Rhyg Primary have transformed the mainly concrete school yard into a colourful green and bright flowered area. The project has involved staff, pupils, governors, parents and grandparents bringing the community together. The school yard has flower beds, re-used tyres as large plant pots and with the support of the Tidy Towns team they have developed a raised decking area with a pond. Despite the obstacles such as vandalism and financial difficulty, they have created a better environment and have further plans to regenerate the school grounds. They are currently in the process of building a greenhouse using recycled plastic bottles.
Highly Commended – Blaengwawr Primary School/Maes Y Ffynnon Residential Home
Generation Hand in Hand is a partnership project which has developed an area of land between Maes Y Ffynnon Residential Home and Blaengwawr Primary School. The land has been converted from a fallow land, to a lovely green fertile area that allows for education, play and social interaction. The project has developed the social interaction between the young people and the adult volunteers. The site itself has been developed to include unique ideas such as a grassed amphitheatre, outdoor gym and wildlife friendly areas, including allotments and walkways. It is a shining example of what may be achieved in a community focused school.
Highly Commended – Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari
Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari have created a unique system to help them monitor their school’s own recycling awareness. The Eco Committee have created an ‘Eco-Survey’ that each classroom has a success criteria to follow. The criteria lists categories from having a recycling box in a room to promoting the school’s eco code to even controlling lighting and effective use of electrical equipment. Within each criteria are coloured targets from red to green and reflect the classrooms performance (green being the highest and reflecting a high level of activity and red being the lowest where there is no activity). They monitor their own performance on a daily basis and each classroom is set with their own targets to achieve a higher recycling and sustainability awareness. The survey has had a positive impact on raising the staff and pupils awareness.