Welcome to the Eco-Schools page of our website. Here, you can find information about the Eco-Schools process and what we are doing at Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings Primary School as we become more ecologically aware and earn recognition for our efforts as we aim to join thethousands of other schools internationally to have been awarded a Green Flag.
Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet.
For nearly 25 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award.
Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits.
Schools on the Eco-Schools programme follow a Seven Steps pathway; progressing through the programme to earn a Bronze Award, Silver Award and, finally, Green Flag accreditation. Initially, schools focus on three of the Ten Topics to achieve their first Green Flag, increasing to five topics when Green Flag applications are renewed every two years.
The ten topics that Eco-Schools focus on are:
We began our Eco-Schools journey in September 2018. Once the initiative had been launched to the pupils, all children who were interested produced a manifesto of their ideas and each class held elections to choose their two Eco-committee members. Once our committee was formed, we conducted a site survey of the school to determine which three topics we would focus on initially. We devised our Eco- RESPECT code to mirror the school RESPECT code and shared our chosen topics and Eco-RESPECT with the rest of the school in a special assembly.
Since then, we have been working hard and meeting regularly to come up with ideas of how we can address our three topics and will be launching some fantastic initiatives in the summer term.
Year 1- Seren and Charlie
Year 2- William and Lauren
Year 3- Martha and Chloe
Year 4- David and Harrison
Year 5- Ben and Joe
Year 6- Rowan and Lucy
Adults- Mr Duffy, Mrs Azimikorf, Mr Cook, Mr Marjoram (governor)
Based on a site-survey carried out by the Eco-Committee, we have identified the following topics as our priorities for our first Green Flag application:
Topic 1- Energy
Topic 2- Water
Topic 3- Biodiversity
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Save the planet
Change our ways
Together, let's fix this.
Many classes across school took part in the BBC Live lesson on Blue Planet, which inspired the children to produce some fantastic work. They learned about threats to marine life, particularly from the use of single-use plastics. Later in the year, we are going to address how we can totally eradicate the use of single-use plastics in school and raise awareness to limit their use elsewhere.
Our youngest children looked at how they can save the polar bears and their arctic habitat during their Frozen Topic. They looked for ways that they could save energy at home and came up with some fantastic ideas, including switching off lights, putting blankets on instead of the heating and reminding Daddy not to overfill the kettle.
Our Eco-Board is where we display our work in school and where we update the school on what we have done so far, what are target are and what work we still need to do. The board will be updated throughout the year and we will add images here to share with parents.
A whole school dig in the school garden to see what insects we can find in our soil.
A week of activities and lessons to show how we can conserve water in school and at home so that we are not wasting this precious resource.
Lessons and activities to show how we can reduce waste and make better use of the waste we do produce.
An opportunity to get the whole school community involved in developing the school garden so that it is as appealing as possible for a wide range of animal and plant life.