Eco Schools Success!

We are delighted that after a lot of hard work and exciting projects over the last few years, we have been successful in our application for another Green Flag. This means that our status as an Eco School has been renewed for another two years, and we will be restarting our journey towards our next flag soon!

Well done to everyone who has been involved in this success, from the school staff and pupils to parents and the wider community, everyone has played a part in this. It hasn’t been easy given the lockdowns, and several plans have been postponed and cancelled so we are delighted with this certificate! Thank you!

St John’s pupils help tackle climate change

We were very excited to part of the Woodland Trust ‘Plant a Tree’ programme yesterday in St John’s. Vicky, Helena, Emilia, Amelia, Filip and Micheal helped Tana, who does fabulous work planting and inspiring a love of gardening with our children, to plant Hazel, Oak and Hawthorn trees for future generations. Children were photographed, filmed and interviewed as part of the project and they will have the chance to visit the Scottish Parliament to see the finished product on the 17th December.

The Woodland Trust is asking people to plant a million trees in a bid to tackle climate change. It is vital that we grow a UK wide patchwork of trees, not just by planting, but also through natural regeneration.

Our children represented us very well, as always and we are delighted to play a small part in this vital conservation work in partnership with the Woodland Trust.

Twende Pamoja -Let’s Walk Together

Today a group of Primary 5 and 6 pupils went to Royal High Primary to take part in the launch of this year’s Twende Pamoja project. Twende Pamoja is a group to develop links and partnership with schools in Tanzania.

St John’s was one of 11 schools represented and the children were there to discuss problems facing the environment, what we are doing in our homes and schools and what more we might do. There were two representatives from Tanzania to give their perspective. We were all a bit shocked (and impressed) to learn that Tanzania has made plastic bags illegal!

Our St John’s pupils represented us brilliantly, working with pupils from other schools, contributing ideas and speaking to the larger group.

If ever you want to be hopeful for the future ask a group of young people for their ideas to address environmental issues.