Green machine is in full flow at Holy Family Primary in Kirkintilloch

Holy Family Primary, 4th eco flag.'Eco Committee with Pauline Campbell, head Teacher Frances O'Connell, Suzie the mascot, Yvonne McGuire and Jackie Park from CALA Homes'Photo Emma Mitchell'26/6/13

Holy Family Primary, 4th eco flag.'Eco Committee with Pauline Campbell, head Teacher Frances O'Connell, Suzie the mascot, Yvonne McGuire and Jackie Park from CALA Homes'Photo Emma Mitchell'26/6/13

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SUPPORT for all things eco-friendly hasn’t been flagging at a pioneering local primary school despite vandals stealing its flagpole.

Youngsters at Holy Family Primary in Lenzie were delighted to achieve their fourth eco flag, but their pole was stolen by vandals.

Holy Family Primary, Flag pole and 4th eco flag'Eco committee with Suzie the mascot'Photo Emma Mitchell'26/6/13

Holy Family Primary, Flag pole and 4th eco flag'Eco committee with Suzie the mascot'Photo Emma Mitchell'26/6/13

Luckily, CALA Homes at Woodilee Village stepped in to save the day – and the pupils of Holy Family Primary’s eco committee held a flag-raising ceremony in celebration.

Eco co-ordinator Pauline Campbell said: “I would like to thank CALA Homes for providing a new flag pole for Holy Family Primary.

“It was a very generous donation and we couldn’t have displayed this prestigious flag without CALA’s help.

“The children have all worked very hard to achieve this honour by working on biodiversity, recycling and litter reduction, and are already working hard to achieve their fifth flag.

“We are extremely grateful to the housebuilder for providing us with a means to display it.

“Having support from local businesses like CALA Homes is key in showing pupils how communities can work effectively together, so I am very grateful for their ongoing support.”

CALA Homes (West) sales and marketing director Liana Canavan said: “Our Woodilee Village development is heavily focused around families and the local community, so it’s great to be able to support the efforts of the youngsters at Holy Family Primary as they achieved their fourth eco flag, which they needed a flag pole for.

“Following our recognition as the What House? Housebuilder of the Year 2012, CALA Homes (West) created a community bursary fund and we are delighted that Holy Family Primary is amongst the first recipients of this cash.”

Meanwhile, Holy Family recently took part in an eco-art contest run by Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT).

The competition was open to all primary schools and nurseries across central Scotland. Pupils were invited to produce an original piece of art work using natural, gathered materials.

The contest ran throughout the school and pupils were given the opportunity to bring materials in from home or collect them from the school grounds.

Pupils engaged enthusiastically with the art project, which complemented the school’s eco-friendly focus. Staff at the school were delighted with the quality and individuality of the work produced and the judges agreed.

Rather than award individuals with a prize, CSFT chief executive Simon Rennie was so impressed by the standard of work that he declared the whole school winners.

Mr Rennie took time to visit the school with gift vouchers and announced that the artwork would be displayed in the CSFT tent at the recent Royal Highland Show.

A school spokesperson said: “Well done to pupils for their hard work.”

Mr Rennie presented head teacher Mrs O’Connell and the eco committee with Hobby Craft vouchers during a special assembly to commemorate the school’s achievement in the competition.

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