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Pirniehall flies the flag - at last!

posted 16 Feb 2009, 03:25 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 16 Feb 2009, 03:27 ]
It’s taken a wee while, but Pirniehall Primary’s Green Flag is now flying proudly in the school grounds for all to see.

Pirniehall Headteacher Mary Ryan Gillespie said it was a proud day for the school. “We embarked on our eco-quest two years ago and our children have been totally committed to their environment. The Green Flag is a great achievement - the Awards Committee was really impressed with our children’s knowledge on ‘green’ issues and the way they care about their environment. The children have done remarkably well and have worked really hard for the Award, and I know that they will keep working just as hard over the next two years. Since we received the Green Flag award last year we’ve constantly being asked to see it by some of our parents, so we are really delighted that our flag is now flying high.”

The school was awarded the coveted Green Flag last October - Pirniehall was the first PPP school to achieve this - but since then there have been a number of bureaucratic hurdles to overcome before the flag could be displayed, including the submission of a request for planning permission to erect a flagpole. Then there was the cost of the flagpole itself... and where do you buy a flagpole?

Anyway, to cut a long story short (and cutting through a lot of red tape), the problems were resolved with help and support from Sir Tom Farmer. The Leith entrepreneur was on hand to hoist the banner high in the school grounds last month, aided by members of Pirniehall’s Eco-Committee and cheered on by the whole school.

Also attending the ceremony was North and Leith MSP Malcolm Chisholm who told the school: “You have obviously worked very hard to get this excellent award so well done to everyone at Pirniehall. Congratulations on your success and keep up the good work.”

Eco-School is an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action for the environment. Introduced in Scotland in 1995, it is an environmental management tool, learning resource and recognised award scheme.

Over 3000 schools are now registered with the Eco-Schools programme in Scotland and only the very best of them have attained the highest award level - The Green Flag.

Source: North Edinburgh News - download the full paper here