Green eco-flags will be flying proudly over Donside this week as both Alford Primary and Alford Academy have been awarded the coveted banners.
It is both schools’ first time winning The Green Flag - the highest level awarded by Eco Schools.
The recognition comes on the same week Alford was awarded Fairtrade status, showing the whole village’s commitment to the environment.
The Eco-Schools programme is an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action for the environment.
It is an award scheme that acknowledges schools who make a commitment to continuously improve their “green credentials”.
It is also a learning resource that raises awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues throughout activities linked to the schools.
Assessors from Eco Schools Scotland visited the campus last week to judge the school’s environmental commitment.
They were impressed by the joint working between the primary and the secondary schools.
They commented on the fact that the two schools had a joint committee: Citizens of the Globe Group (COGG).
The committee meets every week after school, led by Alford Primary DHT, Mrs Jackie Ross.
There are currently 21 primary pupils on the COGG committee and six academy youngsters, supported by a teacher from each school, Mrs Ann Wilkinson and Mrs Joyce Watson; a parent, Mrs Tara Crooke who is also chair of Alford Primary Parent Council; and two members of the community - Flora Caron and Fiona MacLean.
The assessors complimented the schools on the ways in which they engaged with the local community and for the fact that Eco Schools themes are embedded across the curriculum.
Primary headteacher, Mrs Liz MacLeod, said: “We are all immensely proud of this achievement, and I am delighted at how committed all the pupils have been.
‘‘I would particularly like to thank Jackie Ross and Ann Wilkinson for their tireless enthusiasm and dedication, and above all, the inspiration they provide. They have shown a real commitment to joint working across the two schools.”
The assessment visit coincided with Fairtrade Fortnight and the assessors were invited to witness a Giant Ceilidh, organised by Brian Cruickshank, PT of PE.
Every pupil from P1 to S6 and members of the local community dance group took part in dancing the Virginia Reel in relay as part of “Take a Step Further” to promote Fairtrade.
Both schools have already achieved Fairtrade Status.