Lasswade High School flies flag for the environment

A LOCAL school is keeping the green flag flying, after being awarded a top environmental accolade.

Lasswade High School has became Midlothian's first secondary school to be awarded the Green Flag following a recent visit by an Eco Schools inspection team.

'Think Global — Act Local' is the slogan for the The Eco Schools programme; an international initiative, designed to encourage whole school action on environmental issues.

It awards schools who make a commitment to continuously improving their environmental performance. The Green Flag is their top award.

Lasswade High joined the scheme in 2003 and has been steadily working to improve the school's environment.

The Green Flag is being flown proudly over the school entrance, as a symbol of the school's commitment to the environment and the progress made in the past few years in areas such as litter, recycling, transport and improvement of the schools grounds.

The school's eco-schools co-ordinator, drama teacher, Joe Alves, known as 'Eco Joe', said: "They did their presentation really well and I am very proud of them.

"The inspectors were really pleased with what they saw at the school. The pupils gave a Powerpoint presentation and talked about all the different aspects of the work involved.

"It is great to see kids take ownership of something like that and, as a result of that, the pupils have been invited to give a presentation at the School Travel Conference in March.

"We are delighted to get that kind of recognition. It's an old school and we desperately need a new one but we are doing our bit in very difficult circumstances."

The school now recycles much more waste which would previously have gone to landfill, and money raised from recycling old mobile phones, ink cartridges and textiles is put back into Eco Schools projects.