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The hot 100 – Orrell is top of the school
Wednesday 11th February, 2009

The hot 100 – Orrell is top of the school

They are the borough’s 100th Eco-School and they are celebrating in style.
Pupils at Orrell Holgate Primary have formed their own eco committee and have a great track record in environmental work. And this week, they are receiving their rewards for becoming school number one hundred to register for the prestigious award.

To mark the occasion, the council’s cabinet champions for the environment and young people visited Orrell to meet staff and children.

Cllrs David Molyneux and Susan Loudon will present the head teacher with two dolphin and one frog ‘fun bins’. Also, to encourage pupils to grow their own fruit, the school has been given a number of apple and pear trees.

Headteacher Mike Wilson says: “Eco-Schools make learning about environmental issues real and enjoyable for the children. It’s also an important way to make sustainable development a part of the life and caring ethos of the school by providing children with the opportunity to work with family, friends and members of the local community. “

Working with council environmental officers, the pupils have already created a travel plan to cut the number of people taking their children to school in cars. There have been walk to school weeks and recently the school has signed up to the roadside care scheme which involves the children adopting a key route to the school and keeping it free from litter.

Council environment champion Cllr David Molyneux adds: “Eco-Schools encourages children to respect their environment, helping to make Wigan Borough a cleaner, safer, greener borough. Congratulations to Mr Wilson, his staff and the children for joining the programme.”

That is one of the main benefits of membership, as Cllr Susan Loudon, who chairs the children and young people’s panel, adds: “Orrell Holgate has made a wonderful step forward, helping the children to become better members of society by adding an extra purpose to their studies. Schools that incorporate Eco-Schools into their curriculum are increasingly being commended by Ofsted for their pupil engagement and citizenship. Well done Orrell.”

Run by Encams (Tidy Britain), Eco-Schools is an international awards programme where schools develop an action plan to address environmental issues within the school. Children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools and work towards receiving a bronze, silver or prestigious green flag award. Schools can register as an Eco-School on www.eco-schools.org.uk

The benefits range from pupils taking responsibility for their environment to the school saving money on energy bills.

To find out more, or register for the programme, please contact Rebecca Hill, the council’s environmental education officer on 01942 488033.

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