European funding for Diss school

Diss High School has boosted its green credentials after receiving European funding to work with other schools on the continent to improve water management.

Diss High School has boosted its green credentials after receiving European funding to work with other schools on the continent to improve water management.

The school has been awarded �20,000 from the European Union, which will involve students working closely with their contemporaries in the Netherlands, Latvia, and Portugal.

The two-year project stems from the headteacher's visit to Midden Delfland, Holland, last summer as part of a cultural exchange to strengthen links amongst Cittaslow 'Slow Food' towns.

The funding from the European Education and Culture Lifelong Learning Programme will be used by Diss High School to analyse water management locally and in other countries.

The money will be used on video conferencing facilities and exchanges between the European schools, guest speakers, and other curriculum resources.

Headteacher Jan Hunt said the successful funding application demonstrated the benefits of the Cittaslow movement.

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'We are delighted with the fruit that has come from the Cittaslow visit. In fact, we hope to submit another bid which will focus on the Cittaslow movement itself. Young people are passionate about our natural resources and it is lovely to be able to harness their enthusiasm with these sorts of experiences.'

'We are already quite conscious about turning the taps and lights off and energy conservation and the more we learn about the process of where water comes from, and that it is not just from a tap, the more our students will go into adulthood with respect for this natural resource,' she said.