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The Schools’ Environment Award has continued to grow since its launch in 2007, when 19 schools taking part in the original version of the Award. 
In 2013/14 the Award was revised, and new criteria were written.  The revised version was made available to all Infant, Junior, Primary and Special Schools.
During 2016/17 nine schools took part - with excellent results, see Achievements for further details. 

Aims and Rewards

The aim of the Award is to:  Engage Poole’s school children in learning about, taking responsibility for, and enjoying their environment.  To encourage and celebrate sustainable and healthy living.
There are six sections to the Award:
1)    Natural world
2)    Waste and recycling
3)    Healthy living
4)    Transport
5)    Litter
6)    Blow your trumpet!  (celebrating successes)
Schools participating in the Award will benefit in the following areas:
1)    Learning about the natural world and protecting Poole’s environment
2)    Reducing waste and increase knowledge and practice of recycling
3)    Raising awareness of healthy living and incorporating physical activity into the daily routine
4)    Improving greener transport and reducing traffic congestion - fewer cars at the school gate can make it safer for children who walk and cycle to school
5)    Learning about the dangers of litter to animals and marine life
6)    Recognising and celebrating achievements.

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In 2016/17 nine schools took part: Bearwood Primary, Bishop Aldhelm's, Hamworthy Park Junior, Heatherlands Primary, Merley First, Springdale First, St Mary'sSylvan Infant and Winchelsea.  

All nine schools made excellent progress, and received a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. 

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Each of the schools undertook an array of exciting activities throughout their time participating, including bug hunts, visits to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, bike-ability classes, litter picks, and fun exercise activities. There were also visits from the RSPB  and the Dorset Wildlife Trust to teach the children about the amazing nature we are surrounded by here in Poole.

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If you are interested in finding out more, or taking part in the Award, please contact us.

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01202 261700

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Newfields Business Park
2 Stinsford Road
BH17 0NF

Children litter picking