Here at Carrick Knowe we are exceptionally proud to have achieved our Bronze and Silver Eco School awards as well as being awarded FOUR GREEN FLAGS! In order for us to have achieved such high recognition we, as a school, have worked very hard. Below are the principles behind Eco-Schools and outline the goals that Carrick Knowe has completed and some that we continue to develop.
The Eco-Schools programme is an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action for the environment. It is a recognised award scheme that accredits schools who make a commitment to continuously improve their environmental performance. The aim of the Eco-Schools programme is to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the school for both pupils and for staff, and to engage the wider community.
The 7 Elements
|Elements||Carrick Knowe Achievements|
|Eco Committee||Each year Primary 3 to 7 classes vote 2 Eco-representatives to join our Eco-committee – ran with the help of Mr Blaikie.They meet on a regular basis to discuss progress and next steps.|
|Environmental Review||Carried out by our Eco Committee in 2012. The outcome of the review was used to form our Action Plan.|
|Action Plan||Action Plan 2012/13 written and available to download from a link below this table.|
|Monitor and Evaluate||At the end of each academic session the Eco Committee evaluate progress to ensure the action plan has been implemented. Also at meetings throughout the year the Committee monitor progress and decide on next steps.|
|Link to the Curriculum||Each class learns about different aspects of our school, local and global environment. Specific attention is paid to show how we can improve our world.|
|Involve the Wider Community||Parents/carers, volunteers and even soldiers have all helped us in their own special way from giving up their time to donating equipment. We are always looking for people and opportunities to help us or help.|
|Eco Code||‘Take care of the little things. Be part of the big picture’ August 2011|
The 9 Topics
Above, there are nine topics Eco-Schools outline in order to achieve our next Green Flag. Thankfully we do not need to cover all nine topics at once as we can concentrate our efforts on two or three. Every school must cover Litter in support of the national ‘Clean Up Scotland’ campaign. Carrick Knowe has also chosen to focus on Sustaining Our World and Food and the Environment during this session.