School’s hat-trick dream for award

Hawes Side Academy, Marton, won the sustainable school award again last year.
Hawes Side Academy, Marton, won the sustainable school award again last year.
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With all the inspiring and exciting work going on in the Fylde coast’s primary and secondary schools judges expect to see some tough competition in the 2013 Education Awards.

But Hawes Side Academy might be keen to cling on to its accolade as Sustainable School of the year, having won it two years in a row.

This category recognises schools that have developed environmental awareness and sustainable development education across all the curriculum areas and the life of the school.

The awards celebrate primary and secondary education across the Fylde coast, in a range of categories to honour individual achievements, team work and inspiring leadership.

This award has been won for the last two years on the trot by the academy, on Pedders Lane, Marton, and the school has used the award as impetus to inspire other schools to go green.

So judges are expecting to see a lot of nominations for this category for the 2013 Awards.

Teacher John Livesey, former eco co-ordinator for the academy, said: “We were very surprised to win for the second year in a row, we were very pleased and honoured to be awarded.

“It certainly gave the green council more impetus to carry on with the projects they started and work towards bigger and better things.

“It was a great honour and geared them on to work with other schools and share the message that it’s very easy to do and everyone can make those small steps.”

This category is sponsored by Global Renewables, which is part of a £2bn, 25-year approach to waste treatment.

A spokesman for the company said: “While treating waste in the most environmentally beneficial and cost effective way is essential, we realise that behaviour change both now and in future generations is as important.”

Mr Livesey said he hopes award such as this will encourage people to think about the impact they can have on helping the environment.

He said: “Any steps people can take to become greener in school or at home, it all makes a difference.”

To enter this category send nominations to: competitions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk by October 25

Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom on November 19.

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