Canning Town school celebrates third Green Flag eco award

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Flag Raising - Credit: Archant

Proud pupils hoisted a flag in the school playground with the help of their local MP to celebrate being the greenest school in the borough.

Flag Raising

Flag Raising - Credit: Archant

St Luke’s Primary School in Ruscoe Road, Canning Town, was awarded its third Green Flag for trying to make their school as eco-friendly as possible.

The accolade recognises outstanding parks and green spaces in the UK and applauds schools who show a commitment to protecting the environment through its Eco Schools programme.

The school is the first in Newham to receive three Green Flag awards by assessors who visited on Tuesday June 4.

Their only advice was that the school should “continue with the great work and inspire other schools to achieve eco success through collaboration, visits, and events.”

To mark the occasion, MP for West Ham Lyn Brown presented the school’s new Eco Schools certificate on Friday June 28 and helped children hoist the green flag to the sound of trumpet players and a new song composed by pupils especially for the occasion.

Eduarda Tomas, Year 6, from St Lukes’ Eco Group, presented Ms Brown with a leaflet describing all the school’s Eco work.

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He said: “I’m really proud that we are the first Newham school to receive a third green flag.

“I think St. Luke’s is right to encourage us to be green and to recycle because we all need to look after the planet.”

Precious Maize, Year 5, another Eco Group member, said: “It is good we’ve got a third green flag but we must make sure that we keep up our work in reusing, reducing and recycling.”

Chair of Governors, Margaret Wright, said: “We are all so proud of the Eco Curriculum at the school.

“It’s not just about being awarded the third flag, it’s about making sure all our pupils grow up knowing how vulnerable planet Earth is and hard we all need to work to preserve resources for future generations.’

Ms Brown added: “I am so proud of what the school has achieved and very pleased to hear that St. Luke’s is supporting the Newham Sustainable School Conference in October.”