‘Eco-Schools’ is a Global programme, for environmental education, providing certification at an International level.
It is the biggest schools programme in the world, connecting 67 countries, 51 000 schools worldwide and the network grows daily.
‘Eco-Schools’ began 20 years ago.
It began in England, set up by the environmental charity; ‘Keeping Britain Tidy’.
Then, in 1992, in response to the needs highlighted in a UN Conference, that focused on Environment and Development, Eco-Schools International was formed by the FEE.
Eco-schools is student-led.
The Programme is real-world learning. It is designed to empower students, the school and wider community, with environmental education, by focusing on set themes.
Its aim is to improve awareness of our global environment, improve the schools carbon footprint and to provide financial saving for the school.
Schools follow a simple seven-step process, that forms the criteria for the Green – flag award.
There are three awards that are attainable, Bronze, Silver and the Green-flag award.
The Bronze and Silver awards are recognition of the steps towards the Green-flag status.
Every Eco-School has to have an ‘Eco-Code’. It is the Eco-Committee’s mission statement. Their commitment to improving the schools environmental performance.
We had a whole-school competition for our ‘Eco-Code’.
There were two winners; Valerie Post - 5KS and Amir Imamutdinov 6KA - Congratulations!
The winning aspect from Valerie’s design was her slogan: Save the world, it will save you back
Valerie’s slogan has been incorporated into our Eco-Schools logo.
Amir’s design was an Acrostic, using the letters of Haileybury, which outlines our chosen theme and focus perfectly.
Eco-Warriors Certificate: Zere Zaiten in 6GC
Monitor Screens: Nursulu Batpenova 2SM
Last out, Lights out: Claudio Cerone 3ELR and Nazar-Ali Nurbaturov 4JG
Eco-Code: Valerie Post 5KS and Amir Imamutdinov 6KA
Recycling collection points
Signs next to light switches - Last out, lights out
Signs on computer monitor screens
Various design competitions
School assemblies about ecological issues and global environmental days
Eco Warriors - surveying electrical usage daily in Primary School
Monthly data collection on energy usage - whole school
Reducing the use of single-use plastics in school
TV crew visit - recognising our efforts to protect the environment
Science are upcycling plastic bottles for a hydroponics project
Kindergarten and KS1 Pupils are learning about Biodiversity - growing plants
IB CAS Pupils are upcycling plastic bottles, for science projects and using papier mache to create IB learner profile sculptures.
Eco-Schools Quiz - Provided weekly to Tutor groups
Participating in CNN’s - Zero plastic lunch - focus on World Oceans Day - 8th June 2018
Supporting World Environment Day, and the chosen theme ‘Beat Plastic pollution’ - through our Haileybury Day - 9th June 2018
Haileybury Day 2018 - This year will include an ‘Eco Hub’, where primary school Pupils will be selling homemade products, from plastic waste and the Secondary school will be hosting a ‘Trash Fashion show’. Some of the money raised will also be used to support the fantastic work of 4Ocean.
Researching renewable energy, to implement within our school grounds
Researching into ways to save water
Participation in ‘The Plastic Bag Challenge’ - Initiated by BREEF - Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation
Long life bags to sell within our school community and hopefully in addition, the wider school community.
Flasks, to sell within our school community and as gifts to new staff
Abolishing/reducing the use of laminating in school
‘World Oceans Day’ is all about highlighting the global issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.
Haileybury Astana Eco Team made a short video for CNN, to highlight our efforts as a school to say ‘no’ to single-use plastic.