Students at The Gryphon School have been presented with a prestigious Environmental Youth Award from the Royal Bath & West of England Society. The aim of the award is to promote a greater awareness and understanding of conservation and environmental matters by encouraging and recognising the contribution made by young people.
The Gryphon students, all from years 7 to 9, had to make a video showcasing their environmental knowledge and the action they take at school. The other finalists were Ashlands School (Crewkerne, Somerset), Kiwi School (Tidworth, Wiltshire) and Longwell Green in Bristol.
The judges felt that the school was a shining example of environmental awareness. Pupils have not only addressed the issues of plastics and non-sustainable use within the school, but have also examined and actioned their own re-wilding projects within the grounds.
The students were presented with a plaque and certificate by Lady Wills and Les Davis MBE, Chairman of the Environmental Youth Awards. Mr Davies said “There has never been a more important time to encourage the next generation to protect and improve the environment; the youth of today will be the decision makers of tomorrow. My warmest congratulations go to the Gryphon School on their award, and on their highly professional presentation.”
Charlotte Cavallaro, a teacher at The Gryphon School who also leads their Eco Committee said “It makes me immensely proud of our students. Young people today don’t just demand that more environmental action is taken, they show us how to do it. The Gryphon students involved in winning this award are an inspiration to us all.”