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Published : 14/02/2013 00:00

School activities to benefit local environment

Pupils at a south Leeds school have taken part in a fun filled eco-week to re-invigorate their commitment to the environment.

Already keen recyclers, staff and pupils at Beeston primary school launched themselves into five days of green-themed tasks to re-launch their school-wide recycling efforts.

Their week kicked off with a visit from one of the council’s locally based community environment officers who spoke to the pupils from all year groups about the importance of looking after and respecting their surroundings.

Following the visit, pupils conducted a census of rubbish in the area surrounding the school and collected thirty bags of litter. Their litter pick extended to the local park too.

Classes then rolled their sleeves up to take part in a variety of environmentally friendly activities: year one pupils made hats and handbags out of junk; year two pupils got to grips with how to dispose of litter properly; year three pupils made roman costumes out of junk; and year six pupils delved into the world of renewable energy.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“The enthusiasm of everyone at the school has bowled me over. Reducing our impact on the local environment needs everyone to be aware of that impact and to take action where appropriate.

“Fun and informative events like these educate children about the positive things they and their families can do to ensure a sustainable environment for the future. I’m pleased that they are setting such a great example to others.”

Chris Lees, headteacher at Beeston primary school said:

“The pupils are very much aware of the need to recycle and conserve energy and they play a really active role within the school. The aim of the week was to harness their enthusiasm and make sure their positive outlook has a benefit on our local community.”