Portobello High School has just become the first mainstream secondary school in Scotland to receive a fifth Green Flag Award, following our assessment with two representatives of Eco-Schools Scotland on Friday 2nd March 2012.
This renewal of the school’s Green Flag status was approved following of two years of work focusing on Litter, Food and the Environment and Sustaining Our World. As well as Eco Committee activities on these topics, which have recently included the adoption of Edinburgh Zoo’s giant pandas, an Eco Day with a quiz, assemblies and themed classes on global sustainability and our link with Kiurani High School in Kenya and various plant sales of our greenhouse produce, the assessors were told about curricular work done throughout the school. Subjects such as CDT, Home Economics and the new enrichment John Muir Award course showed off their environmental links.
The assessors commented in particular on the pleasing way in which dedicated Eco-Schools work has been sustained over such a long time at Portobello. The school has now held the coveted Green Flag award for 10 years.