Around 20 S2 pupils from the Anderson High School gathered today (Friday 2 June) at the new Anderson High School site to plant trees donated by Lerwick Port Authority.

Trees for school site

The Authority contributed twenty trees for the new school site at Clickimin, as an initiative to offset its annual paper usage.

Planting trees at the site of the new Anderson High School at Clickimin will form part of the ‘Conserve’ element of the John Muir Awards that the pupils are working towards.

The John Muir Award is now in its fourth year with the S2 class of 2016-17 currently undertaking their ‘Explorer’ Level Award. The award encourages pupils to experience wild places and promotes learning outside the classroom. There are four elements which relate to their experience of wild places – ‘Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share’. The pupils have already taken part in various Outdoor Days organised by Outdoor Education Officer Pete Richardson as well as this year's Voar Redd Up where pupils cleaned up the local area around the current school.

Kieran Malcolmson, Teacher of Modern Studies, leads on John Muir Award across the Anderson High School said “Getting the pupils involved in planting the trees not only goes towards their ‘Explorer’ Award but also gives them a chance to make a positive and lasting impact on the new school site.”

Stuart Wadley, the Authority’s HSEQ Manager said “We are always looking for ways to make our operations more environmentally friendly and this initiative allows us to offset our paper usage. At the same time we are helping the young people achieve their John Muir Awards and contributing to grounds of the new AHS.”

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