GREEN-FINGERED staff and pupils at Coventry’s Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School have been presented with a Green Tree School gold award for bringing the great outdoors into the classroom.
The Woodland Trust accolade recognises schools which highlight wildlife and green issues and participating in green activities.
New trees have been planted in the school grounds and methods to reduced carbon emissions have been implemented by staff and pupils who have also participated in a variety of other Woodland Trust activities.
Michala Blackwell, the school’s eco council leader, said everyone had thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the scheme.
“We have successfully completed a variety of outdoor activities which have kept us very busy and have all supported the children’s learning and development.
“The children have gained a vast amount of knowledge about wildlife, nature and caring for their surroundings.”
Principal Andy McConville added: “Taking an active role in being responsible for our environment is something we value at Good Shepherd.
“We strive to educate our pupils to be responsible citizens for their community.
“Teaching them that the decisions and actions they make today will impact tomorrow is a lesson for life.
“We aim to instil values in our pupils that they value nature and understand how important it is that we act to protect it.”
The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK and is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, and protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.
Its Green Tree Schools scheme has seen more than 12,000 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008.
Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools and communities engagement manager, said: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees.
“The achievements of the school are recognised through an awards scheme in which they receive points for taking part in activities.
“As they reach milestones within the project they will receive bronze and silver certificates and then an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges they’ve achieved the environmental accolade of a gold award.
“I hope Good Shepherd School will now consider going for our next accolade, the prestigious platinum award.”