‘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
1. Raising awareness
2. Recycling boxes – collection point
3. Eco School Quiz
4. ‘Last Out Lights out’ – KS2
5. ‘Monitor screens’ – KS1
6. Eco Warriors – Junior School
7. Review of Kitchen waste
8. Eco cars – Café
9. Monthly readings – Electric, paper usage
10. Haileybury Eco Day
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
18th March - Global Recycling Day
22nd March- World Water Day
22nd April - Earth Day
5th June - World Environment Day
8th June - World Oceans Day
‘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.
The Eco-schools team is currently in the process of planning different projects to improve the schools eco friendliness. The biodiversity group is currently working on creating a playground for the junior school, made out of recycled materials. The water group are waiting for the snow to cover the ground to then collect it and use it to water the plants for the “greenhouse”. The waste group are planning and designing a waste competition, where people will have to keep track and take pictures of themselves sorting out the garbage.
Pupils were asked to create a poster to raise awareness of saving water when using the tap and to limit the use of paper towels. The team were very proud of seeing how our Pupils are becoming more eco conscious and concerned about the environmental factors affecting them. This was evident by the sheer volume of entries also.
Congratulations to the winning ‘save water’ designs: Claudio in 4SM and Tomiris and Milana in 6JG. Also to RDH for their ‘reduce paper towels’ poster.
The winning entries will soon be displayed in all bathrooms around school.
The Junior Eco team have been encouraging our junior children to persuade their parents to stop buying the plastic Haileybury bags and instead, buy a reusable Haileybury bag.
We are challenging the children to take their bag on holiday with them next week and then take a photograph of themselves using the reusable bag. Photographs of the bag on the beach, on the aeroplane and being used in a supermarket are all encouraged!