Eco Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and is designed to encourage a whole-school action on sustainable development and education issues. It is an environmental management tool, a learning resource and a recognised award scheme who tackle issues that are brought to them relating to the school and local environment.
At Abingdon we have a strong Eco Council who meet every Thursday afterschool to discuss environmental issues in the area including in school. At the start of the year, Eco Club came up with our Eco Code. This is a code thought of by the children to help everyone at Abingdon be Eco friendly.
We then received a letter from Mr Cooper asking for help. He was concerned by the amount of waste we were creating as a school. Eco club took it upon themselves to help by reviewing our school and the amount of waste we create. The results were shocking as we found that the school did not recycle paper at all! Eco Council soon set into action by emailing Middleborough Council asking for their own paper recycling bin. It was then up to Eco Council to think how the whole school could get involved and help to recycle the paper we use. They came up with a system whereby all staff and children can put their waste paper in a ‘Green Box’ which Eco Council will come and empty every two days. Middleborough council will then come and empty the bin for us.
Over the next few weeks we are hoping to improve the amount of energy our school uses. Eco Council have conducted an Environmental Review of the entire school with all nine Eco Schools Topics. They have decided that ‘Saving Energy’ was to be their next topic to deal with. The children conducted their own survey on how much electricity school wastes and are now working on reducing this with children and staff. They are currently working hard on a whole school assembly and posters to help people save energy.
It is really important for the Eco Schools to get the whole school community involved in sustaining our local environment and we would like to thank you for your support.
Click HERE to view our ECO School Code!