Portobello High School can proudly announce we have been awarded a 6th Green Flag Award from Eco-Schools’ Scotland. The Eco Committee and subject departments have maintained Green Flag status since 2002 through whole-school activities, awareness campaigns and course content in pupils’ day-to-day learning. Particular commendation goes to the pupils who put effort each week into the work of the Eco Team and motivate school staff; without these pupils, no planning or delivery would be possible.
Some of the main achievements that secured the latest Green Flag are winning joint first place in Zero Waste Scotland’s Lose the Litter competition in 2012, for which the Committee ran assemblies, workshops and whole-school competitions to drive down littering in the local area. PHS pupils have also participated in local litter picks for three years running. Work has continued on the biodiversity garden, which is now sporting a sensory garden and a picnic bench, so pupils can enjoy a green space in the school grounds during intervals. The Eco Committee has also developed more links with the community – on top of collaboration with Jewel & Esk College, PEDAL, Standard Life and McDonalds, we have participated this year in projects with the University of Edinburgh, including the Oxfam Porty Project to design and test the ideal clothing recycling bank. The international work we are undertaking with our link school in Kenya also has an eco-theme running through it.
However, there’s always room for improvement. Next year will see continued work into reducing littering in the school community and a focus on transport, including advertising safe routes to school, encouraging pupils to cycle and staff to take low-carbon transport options.
The school would like to pay tribute to Ms Bigg’s leadership of this initiative. Continued success in this field is due to her leadership.