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We at EWS are on our journey towards becoming an eco school and receiving our very first Green Flag.
What is Eco Schools?
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
Read about it using the link www.eco-schools.org.uk
Here is a little example of what we are doing and have been doing at EWS.
You can hear two songs written and performed by Year 7 students about sustainable travel to school by clicking on the links below:
THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP AT EWS
Each form group at the school has 2 eco reps who are responsible for going to the meetings and informing others in the form what eco things are going on around the school. The meetings are held once every 3 weeks so that is about 2 every half term, in total about 12 every year. Due to suggestions made by form reps last year we will be doing practical things during a lot of these meetings this year.
As well as the form groups commitment to the eco agenda other things have been happening on the eco front all KS3 groups (that is Years 7, 8 and 9) have an environmental day allocated to them. Last year’s themes were rainforests, conservation and reducing, reusing and recycling.
We also have an eco/gardening club once a week and various activities take place when this meets such as growing vegetables and painting pots to sell for the Health and Beauty Fair.
To make it more fun and exciting we enter competitions and design posters to go around the school. In the past we have received prizes for our efforts both in the Ealing in Bloom Competition, Volvo’s Young Environmentalist of the Year and the School Mural Competition. We were also runners up in the Chelsea Physic Garden scarecrow competition and our entry “Samantha” was on display for all to see. This year we were selected as one of the 10 finalists in the N Power Climate Cops SOS competition. Use the link to see what the competition is all about and what prizes are on offer www.npower.com/green-sos
The group has also produced assemblies, visited another school outside London to look at their gardening/eco projects and created an outdoor classroom where learning can take place at all times of the year.
We also had our very first Green Day in June when everyone was invited to wear green and bring in a £1. We raised £650 in total and the money was donated to the World Land Trust, a charity which buys up land and conserves its fragile eco systems. The project we chose was Misiones Rainforest Corridor, Argentina.
Please use the link www.worldlandtrust.org to read more about it.
For more information and how to get involved contact Ms Barnas in L8 or somewhere in the greenhouse or the outdoor classroom.
REMEMBER the motto is:
YOU TOO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
LAKE DISTRICT TRIP 2010