"The Eco Schools programme consists of a growing community of schools throughout Europe who are committed to the continuous improvement of their local environment. Most young people care deeply about environmental issues and wish to make a positive change in the environment around them. The Eco-Schools programme provides an ideal way for fostering environmental awareness in the entire school in a way that links to many curriculum subjects. The primary aim of the Eco-Schools programme is to educate and empower young people to make positive decisions and become change makers for an environmentally sustainable world." http://www.eco-schoolsni.org/cgi-bin/generic?instanceID=1
see website for further details.
As schools develop their environment they are awarded bronze and silver certificates and green flag status. Markethill Primary School has recently gained bronze and silver certificates (January 2018- see photographs below).
Our school elected an Eco Committee with two children representing each class from Primary 4 to Primary 7. The committee, with the help of the whole school community, continue to work together to target the following areas:
Litter- we will ensure that the school grounds are free from litter.
Energy- we will try to save energy when we can.
Water- we will remember to turn off the taps.
Waste- we will embrace recycling, using paper and compost bins provided and will reduce waste where possible.
Outdoor learning- we will consider how the outdoor learning environment can be improved.
Healthy living- we will track healthy breaks being brought to school and will engage in the Daily Mile.