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Winner – Lauren Holmes, Treorchy Comprehensive
Lauren Holmes is the Vice Chairperson for the Schools Eco Committee, which she has been an active member since its creation 4 years ago. As the Vice Chairperson she has aided in developing and putting into place action plans and assisted in achieving targets with her hands on approach. She has taken part in everything from litter picking, establishing recycling initiatives, delivering presentations and has started an energy saving campaign. With her drive and commitment she has been the main force behind the Eco Committees success.
Highly Commended – Connor Keane/ Tristan Millard, Glenboi Primary School
Connor and Tristan are active recyclers, who ensure that their school is committed to recycling and reducing their waste. To encourage both the staff and pupils to be aware of how much they can recycle and how much they waste, each week they go around the classrooms weighing both the waste and recycling generated by each class. Their school has won both the Bronze and Silver Eco award and is actively working towards the Green Flag. They have made a positive impact with recycling both in their school and the local community.
Highly Commended – Abigail Lloyd, Penygraig Junior School
Abigail Lloyd is a pupil at Penygraig Junior School. She actively promotes recycling both within the school and the local community. As part of one of the school’s environmental projects, Abigail carried out a survey of Hendrecafn Street, highlighting the households that were not currently recycling. Abigail then undertook a door knocking exercise of those houses and asked residents why they were not participating in the scheme. She explained how easy it is to recycle and now most of the residents at Hendrecafn Street are now recycling. Abigail also took part in the local Junk to Funk Fashion Show and is keen to get involved in all environmental awareness activities.
Highly Commended – Charlotte McCauly, Cefn Primary School
Charlotte McCauly is a member of the Student Council and takes part in all environmental activities within the school, from helping with the fruit tuck shop to maintaining the poly tunnel and the school garden, which has seen development through the planting of trees and planned development of a pond. She encourages others to take part in community presentations and strives to create a better environment both within her school and the local community.
Highly Commended – Pupils of Cilfynydd Primary School
Cilfynydd Primary School has many environmental champions, with the whole school keen environmentalists. They recycle as much as they can in the classrooms, canteen and school yard. Food waste and vegetables are composted and used in the school garden and vegetable patch they have created. The school carry out daily litter picks of the entire yard and ensure that all pupils are aware that they are responsible for their own waste. The positive attitude they have developed in school towards the environment and recycling, they are taking out into the community to make the community a nicer place to live. They are currently working towards their very first Eco Schools award and hope this nomination will be a recognition of the hard work of all pupils.
Highly Commended – Trent Harries, Porth Junior School
Trent Harris is an active member of Porth Junior School’s Eco Committee and holds the position of Vice-Secretary, at all meetings he takes the minutes and keeps the Eco Warriors and school informed of all discussions. He aids in keeping the school litter free and is actively involved with all aspects of the Eco Committee’s work. He has also lead a project to improve the outdoor area, through planting and designing services for his fellow students to use. He continuously gives up his own time as he cares for his local school and environment.