Eco-Schools

What is an Eco School?

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 different countries, making it the largest environmental schools programme in the world.

18 million children attend an Eco-School worldwide.  Eco-Schools is operated globally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and was launched in 1994 in response to the 1992 UN Rio Earth Summit.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is the Eco-Schools National Operator for England, where more than 18,000 schools are registered and 1,200 schools currently hold the internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The programme provides a framework for learning and action around nine topics – biodiversity, energy, litter, global citizenship, healthy living, school grounds, transport, waste and water. It follows a very simple seven-step process to lead schools on their journey to achieving a Green Flag Award.

The programme is pupil-led and encourages whole school involvement. It also encourages closer links between schools and their communities. It offers many benefits for individual pupils, developing their knowledge and skills and improving their well-being. There are also many benefits for schools, with an added bonus of saving money.

Find out more –  https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/

Stone Hill School Eco Committee meet at least once every half term to talk about all things green.   This is led with great enthusiasm by Miss Lea, our Eco Committee aims to develop environmental awareness across our school community and to care for and develop our local environment.

2017/2018 Eco Committee
Lower School Upper School Staff
Trafford Gillespie Reece Harrison Miss Lea – Eco Committee Champion
Jessica Howley Dominic Butterworth Mr M Gallafent – Eco Schools Governor
William Nicholson Callum Willott Mrs Frogson
Logan Nadin Ellis Brannan Miss Exelby
Iveta Peticka
Jamie Jones
Mia Braim
Kian Storr
Nathan White
Rhianna Jackson

 

We have already successfully achieved the Bronze and Silver Awards.   We are currently working towards our Green Flag Award. This involves carrying out the following 7 steps:

Environmental Review

  • The Eco-Committee must complete an Environmental Review covering the Eco-Schools nine topics and green procurement policy topics
  • The results have to be recorded – To view our environmental review please click here
  • Pupils are involved in carrying out the review
  • Results of the review are discussed by the Eco-Committee and communicated with the whole school
  • The review must be completed at least once every two years, but ideally should be completed every school year, to enable the Eco-Committee to do follow-up reviews to see the progress your school has made.

Action Plan

  • The Eco-Committee produces a detailed Action Plan – See ours by clicking here
  • The plan contains timescales, who is responsible and how eco work will be monitored and evaluated
  • The Eco-Committee shares the Action Plan with the rest of the school

Linking to the curriculum

  • Sustainability is covered in at least three curriculum areas by most year groups

Involving the whole school and wider community

  • The school has a prominent, designated notice board, detailing Eco-Schools activities
  • The Eco-Committee regularly communicates Eco-Schools activities to the whole school and wider community via assemblies and newsletters
  • The school shares good practice with other schools who wish to join the Eco-Schools programme or who are already engaged in the programme
  • The school shares good practice and supports others within their Eco-Community

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Physical evidence is collected of the school’s progress including data collection and analysis
  • Some monitoring data has been used in curriculum work

Eco-Code

  • The school has an agreed, adopted and displayed Eco-Code – click here to view our Eco Code
  • The Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Schools notice board and in all classrooms
  • The Eco-Code is known and understood by the majority of pupils and staff

Project work

  • The school completes in-depth work on at least three of the Eco-Schools nine topics, one of which must be energy

The work completed so far:

We have an Eco Mascot – called Planet Potato Man – designed by Max Brinkhurst. Please click here.

We have already achieved our Bronze and Silver Awards by improving our school grounds, making sure that we reduce, reuse and recycle our waste and by learning about how our actions impact on the world around us.

We have developed an Eco Code that is displayed in all classrooms.  It is a green code that we all follow to make our planet a better place to live.

Up Coming Events

May is International School Grounds Month.  To help us celebrate this we are planning to hold a competition in school for children to design a sensory garden.  The winning design will be created within our school grounds.

9th May –Heatherwood School – Outdoor Learning

The Eco-Committee really enjoyed their trip to Heatherwood School to take part in some outdoor learning as part of the International School Grounds Month project which is an Eco Schools initiative.  The children had the opportunity to use the outdoor classroom to learn about plants, birds, bugs and local wildlife.  Children enjoyed creating pictures using natural materials and a bug hunting activity.  It was lots of fun and we enjoyed working with the children from Heatherwood School. Please click here to view a selection of photos.

16th May – Let’s Clean up Europe Event – which will be running from 11th to 13th May 2018 – Helping Hands Litter Pick

The Eco-Committee really enjoyed taking part in the Helping Hands litter pick at Elm Field Park.  The children were shocked at how much waste was littered around the park and the hedgerows even though bins were provided.  The children all shared the same concerns that the litter was making the environment look dirty and were worried about the safety of animals and wildlife because of human activity.  Children were surprised that people were not aware of their responsibility to put their waste into the bin or to take it home.  They collected lots of rubbish and are keen to start a litter picking club in school to keep our environment clean and safe. Please click here to view a selection of photos.

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