Category Archives: Eco

Green-Flag Award

Congratulations to all pupils – Mearns Castle has been awarded a second Green Flag Award!

This award is a reflection of the work carried out in a number of areas in the school related to litter reduction, waste minimisation and generally being eco-friendly.

A particular thanks to the Eco-Committee who worked hard to complete the application form and carry out a variety of jobs every year including an environmental review of the school.

New members are always welcome to join the Eco-Committee who meet Monday lunchtimes in Science lab A8.

Keep Scotland Beautiful,

You can help to keep Scotland beautiful…… and it will only take you 30 seconds to do so.

Keep Scotland Beautiful, our Ecoschools Green Flag partner and Scotland’s national environmental charity has been shortlisted as the potential charity partner for Tesco’s carrier bag money in Scotland. (The charge becomes enforceable in Scotland from October of this year)

Tesco are conducting a public vote through their website on the charity that should benefit from their carrier bag charge proceeds in Scotland – and Keep Scotland Beautiful is the only Scottish charity to make the final shortlist. Up to £1m is available and it will go to the organisation that polls the most votes.

It is easy to provide your support. All you need to do is click on the link below and cast your vote.

Please help us win the vote: vote for Keep Scotland Beautiful at

The vote is open until Friday 22nd August, and the result will be declared the following week. We believe it’s very important that a Scottish charity wins, and we hope you agree!


The first meeting of this years’ Mearns Castle Eco-Committee will be on Monday 25th August in Science Lab A8 at 12:30.

If you would like to be considered for membership of the Eco Committee or would like to be part of the broader Eco Project group please attend.

We are looking for members from all year groups to be involved in a variety of projects over the course of the year and those who would like to be considered for a committee member role can also gain experience leading a variety of tasks.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in helping Mearns Castle continue to be eco-friendly and also a great way to meet with pupils from other year groups.

S1 Litter Pick

A reminder to all S1 pupils that volunteered for the litter pick (and have returned their consent form) that the litter pick is this Wednesday periods 5 and 6. All pupils involved should meet at the entrance to the school promptly at the start of period 5. You DO NOT need to register for your period 5 class. Pupils must be in full school uniform.

If the weather is rubbish it will be permitted for pupils to wear an outdoor jacket and appropriate boots/wellies, however, these must only be worn during the litter pick and not for the rest of the school day.

Thank you for helping to keep our school grounds and local community beautiful!

Bin it to Win it!

Congratulations to the following pupils who won prizes during the Eco-Committee Bin it to Win it event

  • Samayah Rafique S2 (Ramsay)
  • Lisa Miller S1 (Ramsay)
  • Ben Mundie S3 (Ramsay)
  • Steven Blair S2 (Balmoral)
  • Niamh McInnes S2 (Sutherland)
  • Craig Bennett S1 (Balmoral)
  • Emily Wong S1 (Wallace)
  • Eilidh Lindsay S6 (wallace)

Thank you for putting your rubbish in the bins.  250 million items of litter are dropped in Scotland each year!

Bin it to Win it!

During the week commencing Monday 31st March pupil will have an opportunity to win a queue skip for the open area/dining hall, 5 house points AND an extra treat!

All you have to do is make sure that you put any of your rubbish in one of the many bins.

Members of the Eco-Committee will be selecting a bin and a number at random and if you put your rubbish in the bin at a particular time you will win the prizes. Good luck!

Eco Committee

A reminder to all pupils that the Eco Committee meets on Monday lunchtimes at 12:30 in room A8.

We’d love to see new members and it’d be great if we could represent all year groups. This year we will mainly be focussing on recycling, litter, saving energy and the possibility of an eco-garden.

Come along on Monday if you’d like to join or just want to find out a bit more about what’s involved.

S2 ECO Event Thursday 11th October

The S2 Eco Event is fast approaching!  In order for the event to be a success we rely on pupils to collect recyclable materials which will be used on the day.

Could pupils start to bring in recyclable materials to Mr Wyroslawski in D18.  There are points available for the houses that bring in the most stuff!

The more unusual the better but please ensure all plastics are washed first. ANYTHING THAT COULD BE RECYCLED IS ACCEPTED.

When you contribute you will be awarded with a tally mark on the Snow Leopard Salvage Screen… the house with the most tally marks may even be rewarded with a baby snow leopard.

Eco-Schools Scotland 1,500 Green Flag Award

Today Mearns Castle was awarded the 1,500th Scottish Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The flag was raised today by Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP.

Derek A. Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful Chief Executive and members of Mearns Castle's Eco committee.

Mr Smith said at the ceremony  ‘We are very proud to receive our green flag and in particular to be the recipient of 1,500th in Scotland.  Our school and the schools who have received flags before us have shown commitment and determination in being more environmentally friendly in our actions.

‘The Green Flag and Eco-Schools initiative and the great deal of work carried out in schools are helping to change attitudes towards the environment and you can see new generations coming through who care more and do more for their local and global environment. I’m very proud of Mearns Castle’s achievements and of the pupils and staff who have worked so hard to gain our school the 1,500th Green Flag’.

Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP speaking at the ceremony.

Members of the Eco committee saluting the Eco flag

Click here to see more pictures from the event.

Eco Project

Could all old and new Eco Project members please meet with Miss Ferguson in room E3 today (Monday) at 12:30pm. Important information about Wednesday’s ministerial visit and presentation of the 1500th Green Flag will be given.