Lathallan retains Green Flag status


Lathallan School has retained it’s Green Flag status in a week that has turned to be very busy for the independent edducational establishment

The school, near Johnshaven, first achieved green flag status in 2011.



The current flag awarded from Ecoschools comes after the required biennial reapplication process and demonstrates that Lathallan continues to follow best practice for environmental teaching and the principles of sustainability.

The Junior and Senior Eco-groups, led by Mrs Claire Smyth and Dr Steve Appleyard respectively, have been working hard towards this gold standard for environmentally-conscious schools.

The school intends to build on this success, with many projects planned to utilise the surrounding grounds for outdoors teaching.

In the last year, the school has installed an outdoor climbing wall, invited in seven local schools to take part in an Eco day filled with water-related competitions and activities, created a Gruffalo-themed woodland walk, a wildflower meadow, built a wildlife pond and refurbished the allotments to allow pupils to grow their own food.

Meanwhile, the Lathallan School Pipe Band also opened the Heineken Cup match between Glasgow Warriors and Toulon, from Southern France, last Saturday at Scotstoun Stadium.

The pipe band brought the atmosphere to the European rubgy occasion but couldn’t help Glasgow as they lost to a Toulon side which included Jonny Wilkinson. (Full time score 8-15)

The pipe band is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.

In the last 12 months, the band has been involved in a number of fantastic musical opportunities, including playing ‘Flower of Scotland’ at Scotland v Tonga International at Pittodrie, opening the Glasgow Sevens tournament, and taking part in a major Scottish festival in Belgium to crowds of thousands.