School Eco Council 2023/24
The aim of the Eco-Schools programme is to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of school life. To help us remember to care for our environment we have our own Eco Code. Our Code is:
The Eco Council are responsible for:
This is a global programme which engages 19.5 million children across 67 countries. For over 25 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the "Seven Step Framework" in order to achieve the International Eco-Schools Green Flag award.
We currently hold three of the prestigious Eco-School Green Flags. This was driven by the children and has been achieved over the last 7 years. Children from P4-P7 have the opportunity to become elected by their peers onto the Eco Council. Eco-Council meet once a month to set Eco targets for the school and work towards achieving them, as well as having their own buddy class in P1,P2 or P3. We hold power down days regularly and take part in The Big Spring Clean each year. We also invite various Eco visitors to our school.
Each year we take part in The Best Kept School Awards. Previously, we have been awarded runner up and winner in the category of Best Kept Large School in the South Eastern area something we are very proud of.
We also work with Sustrans (a charity that promotes travelling by sustainable means) and hold, among other things, Be Bright and Ditch the Dark Days. These days encourage the children to come to school by a sustainable means and wear bright accessories to keep safe.
Always a highlight in our school year.
As part of our afterschool Gardening Club we have taken part in projects with the local council and residents. We were instrumental in the design and creation of the Community Garden in Moat Park, beside Grahamsbridge Road.
If you are walking past take a moment to visit the garden and enjoy the children's work they continue to help Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to maintain it each year.
Our most recent work with the council was designing the Garden of Reflection in Moat Park, across from the Ulster Hospital.
In school we are also kept busy with our wormery , Roly Pigs for composting and growing our own fruit and vegetables.