Hill View Primary School is an environmentally aware school that strives to reduce our footprint on the planet, teach children to live sustainably and to be responsible caretakers of the land. Our efforts have been acknowledged by the Eco-Schools programme which currently recognises us as a Silver Award School. Our next step is to become a Green Flag School as we hope to inspire and educate our pupils further to keep their world beautiful and prevent unnecessary damage.
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. It is also a learning resource that raises awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues throughout activities linked to curricular subjects and areas.
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 Eco-Schools programme can help schools to:
- Improve the school’s environment
• Reduce litter and waste
• Reduce energy and water use
• Devise efficient was of travelling to and from school
• Promote healthy lifestyles
• Encourage active citizenship
• Build strong partnerships with a variety of community groups
• Develop international and global links
“To me, sustainability is caring for our world and living in harmony with it.” (Alex Barlow)
“Sustainability means respecting the lifecycle of interdependence in everything.”(Kiry Valambhia)
More information can be found at http://www2.keepbritaintidy.org/ecoschools/