Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
Once registered, schools follow a simple seven-step process which helps them to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.
Children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they lead the eco-committee and help carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of their school. Through consultation with the rest of the school and the wider community it is the pupils that decide which environmental themes they want to address and how they are going to do it. Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools programme, providing schools with all the evidence they need to really shout about their environmental success.
Schools work towards gaining one of three awards – Bronze, Silver and the prestigious Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.
Most of the schools in Faringdon and the surrounding villages have already registered as Eco-Schools, and some have already gained awards:
Faringdon Community College ECOWEEK Activities include:
- FCC are launching their "Eco Engineering" focus during Eco Week combining their specialist Engineering status with environmental, sustainable and Eco themes. Eco will be the major STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focus for the next year, including sustainable modules in GCSE Science and a "Reduce - Reuse - Recycle" Design Technology project in teams for all of Year 9 through to the Summer.
- A group of FCC students will be visiting Sharp Electronics research and development laboratories on the Oxford Science Park in Eco Week to see their work with solar panels and new developments in solar cells.
- As an important part of the college's 50th Anniversary Celebrations on the Fernham Road site 50 trees will be planted around the FCC grounds. Every tutor group will be involved in fund raising and researching the different types of trees they want to plant.
Faringdon Infants School:
- Eco-schools Bronze award, working towards silver.
- Holding an environment day with all sorts of environmental activities going on. The school has vegetable plots, "bug hotels" and are looking to refurbish their pond and wildlife area in the autumn..
Clanfield Primary School:
- Holding a "waste free lunch"
- "Energy spies" who look out for opportunities to save energy. They award a trophy to the class that reuses the most plastic and other containers!
Faringdon Junior School:
- The GREEN TEAM will be organising a series of events during the week for the rest of the school
- Bridging the Gap will be coming in to talk to the children
- Year 5 will be visiting the Wind & Solar Farm at Watchfield, learning how the turbines & PV panels are producing energy.
Currently working towards 1st green flag. Each class is involved in a project covering a dimension of eco work. Acorns are working to improve the schools own allotments/garden. They grow a proportion of their own produce which is then used for school dinners, or sold to parents and the proceeds ploughed back. Beech class are working on and understanding Healthy lifestyles and Sycamore are measuring energy used and trying to find measures which will reduce consumption. Oak class are working on a more global understanding of energy though a link with a school in Nigeria.
During Eco week itself all the classes will be undertaking an eco/recycling pm on Thursday 21st June.