The Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development for Wales, Mr John Griffiths AM accepted the invitation to visit Crickhowell High School on Thursday, 10th May. The Minister met with the Eco Committee, staff and governors and presented the school with the Platinum Award plaque for Eco Schools and saw firsthand the ethos of sustainability and citizenship. The Minister praised the school for the wide range of schemes set up that provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills, relating to the environment, well-being and community.
Crickhowell High School has been accredited with the Platinum Award for Eco Schools. This is the highest accolade a school can achieve in the Eco Schools scheme and we are the first high school in Powys and only the second in the whole of Wales to have achieved this prestigious award. The inspectors visited the school in 2011 and were so impressed by the ethos of sustainability and wellbeing that they also awarded us our 4th Healthy Schools Award. Since being accredited with the Platinum Award, Crickhowell High School has been attending the National Eco Committee of Wales helping to share good practice and encourage others schools to become more sustainable.
We have strived to develop further since achieving the last set of awards and this academic year has already seen the introduction of our new picnic area, with 6 picnic tables and chairs made of recycled materials. Crickhowell High is also delighted to have been once again working in partnership with Crickhowell Primary School, CRiC Centre, Crickhowell Police and members of the local community who took part in a series of litter picks as part of Tidy Wales Week in the autumn. We have also held a range of whole school events so far in 2012, such as a special day for Sport Relief and a range of school and community events for Fairtrade Fortnight in the spring.
The Eco Committee are the team of pupil and staff representatives from Crickhowell High School who drive this process and their hard work and enthusiasm has been instrumental to our success. Crickhowell High School would like to say thank you and well done to the Eco Committee, as well as all pupils, parents and staff at the school for achieving our ethos of sustainability. We are thrilled to have had the honour of the Minister visiting us and would like to thank the whole community for their continued support, showing that together we really can make a difference.
Mark Jones, ESDGC Coordinator
Crickhowell High School