YSGOL Glanymor in Burry Port has been crowned the greenest secondary school in Carmarthenshire.
The school has won the council’s first ever Eco Challenge Award scheme and a £5,000 cash prize.
The aim of the challenge was to find out who was the cleverest when it came to energy conservation, reducing waste and environmental best practice. It was open to all secondary schools in the county.
The judges were particularly impressed with the way in which Glanymor had dealt with controlling litter on the school grounds, improving energy efficiency, reducing traffic congestion outside the school and reducing and recycling their waste.
As well as the prize money, the school received a certificate of achievement and four litter recycling bins so that pupils can recycle in the school yard as well as inside the classroom.
Runners-up were Ysgol Dyffryn Taf in Whitland and Bryngwyn School in Llanelli. They too have received cash prizes and litter recycling bins for the school yard.
Carmarthenshire County Council Chief Executive Mark James said: "I was very impressed with the submissions. There are some really innovative projects being undertaken in the schools to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste and I would encourage all secondary schools to enter the challenge next time.”
A compilation of the schools’ sustainable projects will be made available to showcase environmental best practice to others.
Chair of the Environment Scrutiny Committee Councillor Jim Jones said: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils and staff for all their efforts and hard work in improving the school environment which will go a long way to reducing their overall carbon footprint.”
The school’s eco committee planted a tree at the school to celebrate the achievement with special guests from the council and schoool governors.
Glanymor headteacher Steve Jones said: “We are very pleased to receive the award this year as it is recognition of the hard work the pupils and staff have put into their efforts to become a ‘green’ school. A great deal of time and energy has been committed to coming up with new ideas and then organising initiatives that will have a real and hopefully lasting impact on the school. The school council and eco group will now be involved in planning how best to invest the prize money to maintain momentum in our drive to become an even ‘greener’ school.”
CAPTION: Glanymor School’s eco committee members Year 10 pupils Chris Evans and Stuart Hurley with (from left) eco co-ordinator Stephanie Marks, school governor Albert Jones, Councillor Jim Jones, headteacher Steve Jones, council chief executive Mark James, Councillor Stephen James, Councillor Pat Jones, school governor Helen Williams and council sustainability officer Tina Brice.
Picture: Jeff Connell.