Hackney school best for environment

Hackney Free and Parochial Church of England School beat off strong competition from other schools across London to win the best environmental secondary school award in London, at the recent Archant Environment Awards.

The award was recognition for the variety of innovative projects undertaken by the school to raise awareness of environmental issues and protect the environment.

Surjit Vohra and Turina Donat collected the award. Surjit is a teacher and an environmental coordinator, as well as being a street leader and Green Champion. Turina is an assistant teacher, heavily involved in environmental initiatives at the school.

Surjit said: “The school is very much committed to tackling environmental issues. Pupils really enjoy taking part in the various projects we run. As well as getting involved in community projects such as litter picking and planting trees, the environment is firmly on the curriculum.

“The school recycles as much as possible and pupils are timetabled to collect materials for recycling. We also grow our own organic vegetable. I believe that young people can be motivated in education by involving them in environmental projects.”

Projects young people at the school have got involved in, in partnership with various partner organisations include the National Spring Clean, the Big Tidy up, the Global Action Plan, Alive in Hackney, National Tree Week, Hearts and Minds, Crossrail, Gardening projects, Biodiversity, National School Grounds Week, School Activities Week,Water project and the Cool Climate. Litter has been linked in to different curricular subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Art and Textile.

Other Hackney winners were Homerton based, Children’s Scrap project, which recycles arts and crafts materials used by schools and nurseries. They won the best recycling award. Rupert Kenyon, from Blurton Road, Lower Clapton won the award for the most environmental household.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “Well done to all the Hackney winners. It’s fantastic to see young people getting so involved in protecting the environment.”