Eco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter

Our Pupil Participation Newsletter shows work done by all the Ethos Block Groups.

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Green Flag Success

Congratulations to our Eco Working Group for their amazing efforts in attaining our 3rd Green Flag.  The feedback we received from Eco-Schools Scotland was fantastic and hugely positive.

 

“Congratulations on successfully renewing your Eco-Schools Green Flag Award!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading your application and am very excited about the work being done at Hazlehead Primary School.  I was very encouraged to read about the success you’ve had and how you’ve gotten the whole school involved in the effort.  I was also very impressed by the partnerships you developed throughout the duration of your eco work with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Community Group, SSPCA, RSPB, Scottish Cycling, Aberdeen City Council, Countryside Ranger Service and Friends of Hazlehead.  It is very encouraging to read about the whole-school ‘Trash to Treasure’ challenge where pupils were able to create something new by recycling and reusing materials.  A job well done on your successful wildflower garden that has attracted bees and butterflies!  The school’s incentives such as ‘Wheels on Wednesday’ and ‘Walk to School Day’ are wonderful ways to help inspire the pupils to use alternative, environmentally friendly methods of travel.  The Eco-Committee and staff appear to be doing a fantastic job keeping the school and wider community informed of the eco work being done via posters, assemblies, videos, Eco-Noticeboard, school website, newsletters, Twitter and Google Drive.”

The Eco-Schools Scotland Team (April, 2019)

Sharing our Green Flag Success

Our achievement was reported in the local press and local authority’s news.

 

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Launching our New Journey: Change One Thing! Challenge

As part of ‘Our Global World’ whole school study in Term 4 and linking with our Eco Agenda, we are encouraging our school population to think about how we can as individuals make a small change that makes a big difference to the future of our planet.

The Challenge

Pupils are being set the challenge of making a pledge to do something small and sustainable that can make a big change to our world.   This should be something that is realistic and that you can do on a regular basis – not as a one off for this task!  By making a pledge, you are making a commitment to the future of our planet through responsible choices and actions.

Curriculum Links – Experiences & Outcomes:

Technological Developments in Society

  • Within and beyond my place of learning, I can reduce, re-use and recycle resources I use, to help care for the environment. TCH 0-02a
  • Throughout all my learning, I take appropriate action to ensure conservation of materials and resources, considering the impact of my actions on the environment. TCH 1- 02a
  • Having analysed how lifestyle can impact on the environment and Earth’s resources, I can make suggestions about how to live in a more sustainable way. TCH 2-02a

Art and Design

  • I have the opportunity to choose and explore a range of media and technologies to create images and objects, discovering their effects and suitability for specific tasks. EXA 1-02a

How to do this

  • You can decide what change you want to make, e.g. walk more to school, waste less food, turn off the tap instead of letting it run when you brush your teeth – the list is endless.
  • Take a photograph of yourself doing something to waste less.  This should be no bigger than A5.  Write your name, class and pledge on the back of the photo.

Timescale

Evaluation

We had a brilliant response from pupils with lots of great ideas for pledges.  This included:

  • turning off lights that are not needed
  • not running a tap to brush your teeth
  • putting sandwiches in boxes instead of using plastic bags
  • litter picking in the local area
  • using ripe fruit to make smoothies instead of throwing it in the bin
  • finishing all food plates during mealtimes so there is no waste!We took a sample of pledges and assembled the photos in a very visual way to highlight the importance of caring for our world and our role in it.  This is in the rotunda in our school building.  We think it looks very effective and makes this simple message clear!.

Follow our Green Flag Renewal Journey by visiting the follow pages.

This outlines our newly elected Eco Committee, our revised Eco Code, and our new topics identified from our environmental review – Litter, School Grounds and Waste Minimisation. Any additional Eco News can be found here

While this website shares all our Eco developments, we also share information about how we are progressing in a variety of ways, including  Mrs Jones’s Twitter, our designated Eco Board in school and pupil participation newsletters.