Hill Croft pupils earn top environmental award

STAFF and pupils at Hill Croft School have been successful in earning their next Eco-Schools award, the coveted green flag.

Last year, pupils, staff, and parents at the New Mossley school got involved with the Eco-Schools Northern Ireland programme, placing their focus on 'healthy living.'

With much hard work on behalf of everyone involved, the school achieved a silver award.

This academic year the school has been working towards achieving the coveted green flag award.

A committee of young people - Megan Reid, Paul Field, Jessica Bond, Emma Hillock, Conor Southham, Owen Pickett, Rachel Neill, Kyle McAuley, Ellen Burke and Lauren Spence - with the assistance of teacher Jackie Patton, have been focusing their efforts on a range of important environmental issues such as healthy living, litter and recycling.

They are due to be presented with their green flag next week.

Jackie Patton expressed her thanks to Eco-Schools Northern Ireland Coordinator Mr Colin Latham and Project Manager Ms Naomi Foss for their ongoing support, and also to agencies such as Newtownabbey Borough Council who have worked with the school to help ensure their environmental activities are a success.

The Eco-Schools programme is not just a Northern Ireland initiative. Many schools around the world are linked to the project, which aims to make participating schools sustainable by 2020.