National Green Schools Competition

19th July 2018



PUPILS at Harrington Hill Primary School have won the first National Green Schools competition with their efforts to be more eco-friendly.

The competition required pupils to submit evidence of projects that they were carrying out to make the school more green.

The first project that the school tackled was to improve recycling so they made a list of classrooms that needed bins, created posters and a video, and wrote a letter to the cleaning staff explaining their aims. They also raised money to buy new recycling bins by making ‘Eco-cookies’ and selling them at the school fair.

Kirstie Barrett, Headteacher, said, “Our newly formed Eco Action Team’s dedication to sustainability is impressive and I have been delighted to see how the children have been working hard together to ensure Harrington Hill becomes more eco-friendly. The support from Green Schools Project has been a tremendous help in setting up this team.”

Dani King, Year 4 teacher who led the group said, “The children are absolutely delighted that they have won the competition and can now move forward with their action plan to further improve recycling in our school. It has been a pleasure to lead such a passionate and enthusiastic team of eco warriors!”

The school joined Green Schools Project, a Hackney-based social enterprise that helps schools to run environmental projects, in February and has made more progress than any other primary school this year.

Henry Greenwood, the founder, said: “It is the first year that primary schools have been involved with the programme and Harrington Hill is a great example of what can be achieved when a school starts getting its pupils to run environmental projects.”

Green Schools Project is hoping to work with more primary and secondary schools in Hackney and beyond to help young people understand how they can improve their local environment and contribute to the wider movement to tackle climate change.