No Christmas cards for eco
GREEN thinking pupils from a Perthshire primary school have decided to ditch Christmas cards this festive season in an imaginative bid to boost their eco credentials.
Youngsters at Dunning Primary have opted to exchange their festive messages via a communal message board set up within the school instead of the traditional swapping of cards.
“We requested that pupils and staff don’t exchange Christmas cards in school this year because we wanted people to think about all the card and envelopes involved,” he told the PA yesterday.
“And also to raise awareness of the environmental issues like the impact of trees being cut down and the energy used in manufacture.”
Similarly, other committee members highlighted the positive effect the initiative would have and claimed that the distribution of the cards would not be missed.
“Lots of children don’t even look at the cards they are given,” Cameron Robertson (P7) explained. “Or they disappear into the bottom of the school bag or our trays, and are found there in June!”
Katy Cookson (P7) added: “It’s nicer to see people and say happy Christmas instead, and we’ve all put our own messages on the big class cards.
“Some people still want to give out their own individual cards and that’s fine, we just wanted to raise awareness of the issues.”
However, the children’s eco friendly efforts were not welcomed by all, with two mothers complaining that the “ban” on Christmas cards is “political correctness gone incredibly mad”.
Mandy Swandells, the mother of pupils ten year old George and four year old Rebecca told the P hermes uk A: “My daughter came home in floods of tears, she had written them all herself and is now going into school nervous and worried about getting a row.
“My son’s teacher, who is also involved in the eco committee, refused the card he took in for her, but she has since apologised for over reacting.
“It is the daftest hermes uk thing, totally ridiculous.”
An hermes uk other parent, Helen Calvert, added: “I’m a geo scientist and I can say they are not saving the planet, they’re just upsetting children. It is political correctness gone incredibly mad.”
A spokesman for Perth and Kinross Council refuted any suggestions that cards had been banned.
“There is no ban on exchanging Christmas cards at Dunning Primary School,” he told the PA.
“The Eco Committee at the school, which is made up of pupils, came to a decision in September to request that children and staff did not exchange cards this year, as part of pupils’ ongoing work to find ways of reducing the school’s environmental impact. Pupils are looking to reduce the amount of waste produced by the school as much as possible, and they also hoped the scheme would raise awareness of environmental issues such as trees being felled, the energy used in manufacture and transport, and carbon emissions.
“This was a decision taken by the children entirely of their own accord. Parents were informed of the eco initiative in th hermes uk e October 1st edition of the school newsletter, and subsequently in the newsletter of November 23rd. The school received no complaints from parents, and the Parent Council indicated that they were supportive of the scheme.
“It was decided that message boards would be set up in the school for pupils and staff who wanted to take part in the eco initiative, so they could leave Christmas messages for each other.
“However, if pupils or staff members still wish to hand out Christmas cards, they are of course still welcome to do so. Pupils and their families have a free choice whether to take part in the eco initiative, or to hand out Christmas cards.