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Schools set the gold standard for being green

By Liz Nicholls

Schools across the county who are going the extra renewably-powered mile to be eco-friendly can apply for the Green School Awards 2018 – and have their efforts officially recognised.

Last year's winner of the Overall Green Champion Award, Senacre Wood Primary School, with Caroline Huey of Orbit and Sarah-Jane Leipnik of Golding Homes.
Last year's winner of the Overall Green Champion Award, Senacre Wood Primary School, with Caroline Huey of Orbit and Sarah-Jane Leipnik of Golding Homes.

There’s just over a month to submit an entry before the deadline of midnight on Sunday, December 10.

The awards celebrate schools' hard work and help children become aware of the importance of protecting the environment. The winners will receive awards, framed certificates, and see details of their work featured in a best practice brochure sent to every school in the county. They will also be able to display their Green School Awards Winner logo as a badge of honour online and on school literature including newsletters to parents, brochures, and elsewhere within the school.

There are four categories: green travel to school and road safety, energy conservation, nature conservation and recycling, and nominations can be submitted by school staff, governors or parents.

Entries could include homework projects with a green theme, or schemes generated by a school but then carried out in pupils’ homes or the wider community. Former winners have clinched awards and praise for initiatives including outdoor lessons, Switch Off Fortnight, and groups including Gardening Club, Eco Club, and even a Beekeeping Club.

The awards are organised by the KM Group’s charity department in partnership with Golding Homes and supported by LoopCR. Winning schools will have their work showcased and be presented with their accolades in February at a ceremony staged at Kent Cricket Club, Canterbury.

Simon Dolby of the KM Charity Team, which runs the event, said: “Teaching children the importance of looking after the planet we live on isn’t just vital in itself; it can help with their understanding of a range of subjects, including geography, science and maths.

“These awards celebrate work schools are already doing – and we’re not expecting you to change the world; just simple things like recycling in school or growing vegetables in the grounds. The only thing you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to stop hiding your light under a bushel and tell us about it!”

For more information, or to enter, visit the KM Charity Team’s website or click the direct link HERE.

To see a news report on last year's event, take a look at the video below:

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