Infant school pupils proud to go green

Southsea Infant School eco monitors - Florence Kelly, 5, James Mason, 6, Oliver Palmer, 5, Ted Male, 6, Isaac Thomas, 6, Charlotte Wallace, 7, Bill Eales, 7, plus headteacher, Lyndsey Cook and teacher, Daniel Marshman.  Picture: Allan Hutchings
Southsea Infant School eco monitors - Florence Kelly, 5, James Mason, 6, Oliver Palmer, 5, Ted Male, 6, Isaac Thomas, 6, Charlotte Wallace, 7, Bill Eales, 7, plus headteacher, Lyndsey Cook and teacher, Daniel Marshman. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Staff and pupils at Southsea Infant School work hard to be environmentally friendly.

Whether it’s recycling or composting, walking to school, or making sure all the lights are switched off, these children are keen to take care of the world that they live in.

And now all the hard work has paid off – as the school has recently become the first in Portsmouth to be presented with an Eco Schools green flag award.

An assessor came into the school for a special visit to look at the work that the staff and students have done to become environmentally friendly.

Headteacher, Lyndsey Cook, says she is proud of the work the students have done.

‘It’s fantastic and we are the first school in Portsmouth to have got this award,’ she says.

‘There are only 1,700 in the whole country to have got it.

‘We work with the children to look at a variety of things across the school we could do. We do a lot of recycling and composting. I think it’s really important. It sets them up for the future for thinking about it. The children know a lot about it.

‘The assessor was really impressed with how much we do.’

The school has an eco-committee of staff and governors who work hard to ensure the school is as environmentally friendly as it can be.

The school does lots of recycling and composting, using sensored lights, walking to school and increasing their environmental area inside the school.

It’s all part of following the eco code which helped them to win the prestigious award.

Lyndsey says she now hopes it will encourage the children to look after the environment more in the future.

‘For the children it comes naturally to them now to recycle and to turn the lights off,’ she adds.

‘They keep an eye on the staff too so they keep us on our toes.

‘We have been working on it for the last four years so we have done an awful lot. The assessor couldn’t think of anything else we could do.

‘It’s fabulous. All the hard work we have done has been worth it.’