Meon Junior School Crowned Recycling Champions
Meon Junior School has been awarded the top prize at the Portsmouth Tidy Schools and Recycling Superstars Awards 2019.
The School was recognised as the overall winner at the Awards, in recognition of all the brilliant initiatives put in place by the School’s Eco Council.
The Tidy Schools and Recycling Superstars Awards recognises ‘Tidy Schools’ in several categories, as well as an overall winner of the ‘Recycling Superstar Competition.’
Portsmouth City Council has run the competition for the last 28 years. To win, schools must demonstrate that they are keeping their grounds clean and tidy, how the pupils assist in doing this, what environmental initiatives they are running in their schools, and again how the pupils are involved.
Following their victory, two of the School’s Year 6 ‘Eco Warriors’, Casey and Maggie along with Miss Brown from the school office, attended the Lord Mayor’s parlour in the Guildhall, Portsmouth where they were presented with their award by The Lord Mayor, the Lady Mayoress and Environmental and Climate Change Cabinet Member, Councillor Dave Ashmore.
Meon Infant School, on the same campus as Meon Junior School, was also awarded the top prize in the Infant Category of the Tidy Schools Competition.
Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:
“My congratulations go to all of those involved at both Meon Junior School and Meon Infant School, they should be exceptionally proud. Winning these awards is a fantastic achievement.
“Looking after our environment to such a standard is an important achievement in itself. No matter how big or small the contribution, it is important we all make an effort to create a cleaner and greener world. It’s great to see pupils and staff across the Trust championing the environment and doing their part to achieve this.”
Cllr Dave Ashmore, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, said:
“Congratulations to all the winning schools and runners up. I was delighted to see so many entries and interesting projects involving pupils to keep schools clean and to encourage recycling.”