Eco-Schools is an award programme which helps in making children aware of environmental sustainability issues. This can be done via education in classrooms or as part of actions within the community.
As part of the scheme schools must identify what effect they are having on the environment, what they are doing well and also have action plans on how to improve.
The school has formed a Committee of teachers, children and parents who meet regularly at the School.
The whole school is building on its ongoing commitment to the environment by taking part in the Eco-Schools Award Scheme – a world-wide initiative which encourages children to take responsibility for the future of their environment and helps reduce the environmental impact of schools on their communities.
There are three award levels:
- Green Flag
The school achieved the Scheme’s Bronze award by the end of September 2007 and achieved the Silver in May 2008 .We were awarded the Green Flag at the end of the 2010 academic year. David Heath came to the school to present the award.
In 2012 we achieved our second Green Flag.
As the scheme is rooted in community participation, we warmly welcome any parents or community members who would like to get involved! This can be done by joining our Eco-Schools Action Team, or sharing any skills related to the themes of waste, energy, water, school grounds, biodiversity, global perspective, transport and healthy living. You don’t have to be an expert in any of these areas – just someone keen to make a difference! If you are interested in joining the team or learning more about the award please speak to Mrs Rayner.
We are already recycling our food waste into compost, turning off lights and taps when they are not needed. Also we are recycling cardboard, giving out Toilet Hippos and car sharing. www.eco-schools.org.uk
• Green Days- one each term
• Berkley Bag
• Our Garden
• Litter patrols
• Bird feeder and nest boxes
• Mini-beast mansion
• Book swap
• Eco play boxes
We always work hard with the children to ensure that they understand and use the REDUCE RE-USE RE- CYCLE message. This year we are taking part in a new initiative Bag2school . Please can you sort out any clothes, handbags, belts, shoes, bedding (not quilts) and curtains that you no longer want and bring them into school in the bag or in a black bin liner if you have lots of recycling. The school will get money, which will then help to fund new projects.
As part of the Global aspect of the scheme we have sponsored a child in Burundi through Action Aid and write and receive letters and pictures regularly.