Pupils at Clachan Primary are celebrating after the school received its seventh Eco-Schools Green Flag.
Run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and encourages young people to take steps to ensure we look after our environment.
Clachan Primary signed up to the scheme 16 years ago and since then it has gone from strength to strength, with the school introducing a number of initiatives to become more eco-friendly.
For example, pupils have introduced a ban on using glitter and all single use plastics in the school; they have created their very own eco garden and wormery, and they compost all their raw waste; they take part in regular beach cleans; thermal blinds have also been fitted to the school windows; and children have made a conscious effort to cut down on the number of paper towels they use.
One of the most significant changes that have been made is the decision to change their school jumpers to a material that uses more cotton than microfibers, so they do not go into the wash.
Congratulating the school on its success, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “What an amazing achievement, especially for such a small school. The staff, pupils and parents should all be very, very proud of themselves. I am utterly impressed with even our youngest of children being so aware of our green issues. Everyone at Clachan Primary is clearly dedicated to making a difference to our environment and they have to be commended for their efforts.
“The Eco Schools programme is a great way to teach children about the importance of looking after the world around them and provides a useful learning framework for learning, in line with the curriculum of excellence. Well done to everyone involved.”