Overview An Eco School committee of staff and pupils was established in 2002 to use the Eco Schools programme to take action which will improve the environmental responsibility and impact of the whole School community.
This work provides pupil committee members with the opportunity to actively impact on the School’s environmental issues and so develop their interpersonal and management skills in a valued context.
Additionally, it provides greater environmental awareness and accountability in the wider student body through the activities the committee coordinates.
Therefore, Eco Schools helps students to develop as RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS with a commitment to participate responsibly in political, economic, social and cultural life.
Activities to Date
The Eco Committee has achieved the top Eco Schools award of a “Green Flag” THREE TIMES (in 2004, 2007 and again in 2011) for the following significant changes that they had made to the environment and environmental impact of the School.
ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS POLICY
ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ENERGY SAVING POLICY
ESTABLISHMENT OF HEALTHY RELATED POLICIES (eg water, healthy eating, exercise)
DECREASE IN LITTER IN THE SCHOOL (via awareness raising and litter picks)
DECREASE IN LITTER IN THE COMMUNITY (via awareness raising and litter picks)
IMPROVEMENT OF THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT (eg creation of bird boxes)
ESTABLISHMENT OF RECYCLING PROGRAMMES (for paper, phones)
ESTABLISHMENT OF CURRICULAR LINKS (eg ICT, French, PE)
PROVISION OF BIKE RACKS TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES TO MOTOR TRAVEL
Our current Eco Code (ONE SMALL CHANGE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE) reminds us of how changes like these can improve the quality of life for us all.
The UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) aims to encourage young people and their whole school communities to learn about and put into practice the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This is done through the work of a pupil based committee who organise activities and information sessions for all members of the school. In Turnbull, we have completed the first step in this journey in 2016 when we received our "Recognition of Commitment" status.
We are now working on our RRSA Level 1 award, and information about our activities related to this can be seen below.