Strathallan School has been awarded its third Eco-Schools Green Flag, a prestigious recognition of its unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability. This achievement underscores the school's dedication to fostering a culture of environmental consciousness among its students and staff.
Strathallan students were last awarded the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag in February 2022.
From the Prep School to Sixth Form, Strathallan pupils have embraced eco-friendly practices, playing a pivotal role in reducing waste, conserving resources, and enhancing biodiversity within the school grounds. Their collective efforts have included planting over 400 trees in the past year alone, reducing waste in the Dining Hall and nurturing the ecoystem around school by actively rewilding parts of the school.
Pupils have planted over 400 native Scottish trees in the last 12 months, which were recognised as part of the Queen's Green Canopy and helped launch Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust’s Tree For Every Child in Perthshire initiative.
The Eco-Committee find out about the latest award.
The school's Senior Eco-Committee expressed immense pride upon receiving the news. Sixth Form student Eva G remarked, "Earning this Green Flag has been a culmination of hard work, but the recognition of our efforts has been incredibly rewarding. This flag represents our school's unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship, and it has been a privilege to contribute to this cause."
Echoing Eva's sentiments, Reuben L, Joint Lead of the Eco-Committee, stated, "Regaining our Green Flag has been a truly gratifying experience. The collective efforts of our team have been inspiring and constructive, and we are determined to maintain this momentum."
Headmaster of Strathallan, Mark Lauder, expressed his delight at the school's remarkable accomplishment. "I am immensely proud of the hard work, dedication, and commitment demonstrated by our pupils and staff in earning this prestigious recognition. Our young people deeply value their eco-credentials, and this award serves as a testament to their unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved in this remarkable achievement."
The school has recently introduced Wild Walks for Wellbeing, a series of innovative nature boards connected to 12 narrations allowing walkers to listen to the natural history of the school, which includes an impressive arboretum.
And not to be outdone by the senior students, pupils from Strathallan Prep School have been making a buzz about sustainable action with their 'Bee the Change' initiative, launched on World Earth Day in April 2023.
Presenting their ideas to a UN Water Conference, the Eco-Council has been invited to present at COP 28.