The Eco-Schools Programme is pupil-led; involving hands-on, real-world learning and gets the whole school and the wider community involved in an exciting environmental project. There are Seven Steps to helping schools progress to the internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag Award within 12-18 months of registration.
Sandon School have now achieved their Bronze Eco Award.
Since September they have been working towards achieving this and have created an Eco Committee. They meet every half term and have completed an Environmental Review of Sandon School and created an Action Plan based on their findings. Having achieved the Bronze Award we are now working towards achieving the Silver Award, and completing our action points from our Action Plan.
Our Eco Committee chose to focus their Action Plan on the topic of Waste. Their plan is to increase the types of materials we recycle by putting recycling bins in place for plastics. We have also decided that the school can reuse milk bottles and plastic water bottles to make sensory bottles and bird feeders that can be used all around school. The main project that the committee have decided on is the building of a Bottle Greenhouse, to be installed at our horticulture allotment.
The Eco Committee is open to anyone at Sandon who wants to be part of working towards a sustainable school, and on Monday lunchtimes there will now be an Eco Club taking place led by Teacher, Joanna Morgan. By being involved in the Eco Committee and Eco Club, students will be developing their teamwork skills, listening, respect, co-operation and democracy skills, amongst many others.
Once Sandon School’s Eco Award journey is fully in place, there will be opportunities at Ambergate for students to be involved in the programme and achieve the same recognition for their site.