Schools who are excellent at energy-saving, great at gardening or naturals at nature conservation have just over a week left to get their great work recognised in Kent’s 2018 Green School Awards.
The KM Charity Team and Golding Homes organise the annual awards to celebrate schools’ environmental achievements – from teaching pupils about nature or recycling all the way through to encouraging families to walk to school.
The deadline for nominations is midnight on Sunday, December 10 and anyone from the school can submit an entry – teachers, staff, governors, parents and volunteers.
Winning schools will receive a trophy and a framed certificate, and details of their good work will be featured in a brochure sent to every school in the county, as an inspiration to other schools. They will also be able to display the Green Schools winners logo as a mark of excellence wherever they like: within the school, on their website, and in brochures and newsletters to parents.
Previous winners have included a lollipop lady who has kept generations of children safe during her 30-year tenure; a school with its own beekeeping club; schools who hold lessons outdoors to help pupils learn about nature; and a school where pupils grew and sold produce to raise money for children in poverty in India.
Winners will be chosen from each Kent borough, plus Bexley and Bromley, in four categories: green travel to school and road safety, energy conservation, nature conservation and recycling. They will be invited to receive their awards at a ceremony at Kent Cricket Club in Canterbury in February.
KM Charity Team chief executive Simon Dolby said: “If your school hasn’t entered yet then please come forward!
“We’re always really impressed with the standard of nominations and sometimes you just read things that make you say ‘Wow, how did they think of that?’
“But equally, these awards are about rewarding simple efforts that make a difference to the community. At one school who won last year, pupils collected litter which had been dropped in nearby woodland and took it back to school to recycle it.
“That is such a straightforward thing to do, but it is transformative for everyone who visits that woodland and an important lesson about our impact on the environment. So don’t be shy – let’s get your school the recognition it deserves!”