Eco-success for high school pupils at awards ceremony
PUBLISHED: 11:37 01 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:12 01 April 2019
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Pupils from a Dereham high school have been recognised for their efforts in raising awareness of environmental issues.
Northgate High School’s council, teaching staff and the town’s mayor attended the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards which took place at St Andrew’s Hall in the city centre.
The awards recognise unsung environmental individuals, projects and schemes with a strong ecological or environmentally-friendly ethos.
Northgate High was shortlisted for an award in the Eco-Secondary School category from the many entries received.
They were pipped at the post by an established allotment project and instead scooped the a highly commended award from the judges, who said they were impressed with the school’s application which “more than met” the criteria given.
Professor Ben Garrod, a biologist and conservationist and host of the evening, said: “I’m so incredibly proud of [Northgate]. They’ve achieved so much and will go on to do even greater things, I’m sure.”
Headteacher Andy Mason added: “I am so proud of all the staff and students, and their fantastic partnerships, which have enabled Northgate High School be shortlisted and to receive the highly commended Norfolk and Norwich Eco Award award.
“The focus and work of our staff and students on caring for the environment in new and innovative ways to make a difference is inspiring.
“Their determination is outstanding.”
Current environmental projects at the school include a pen recycling scheme, regular litter picks, plants in classrooms, and a school council green classroom initiative which encourages people to switch off lights and electrical items, recycle paper and more.
Pupils are also involved in an external learning facility, with opportunities to look after animals, woodland areas and learn about horticulture.
Head girl Katy Burton said: “I was extremely proud to represent Northgate in collecting the highly commended award at such a prestigious event and hope this amazing achievement will encourage us to achieve even greater things in the coming year.”
Mayor Hilary Bushell said she was proud to support the school.
“I am delighted that Northgate has become so involved in keeping the whole community informed of the wonderful work that they carry out, be it for the immediate community or for sport, charity and in the interests of their further education.”
The awards took place on Thursday March 28.