Southfield School has been a Green Flag Eco school since 2011 and has now achieved four Green Flag Awards. The last assessment in July 2017 demonstrated the commitment shown by the team as they shared their achievements with the assessor, who was ‘impressed to see such a huge involvement from all year groups and the girls met were enthusiastic, inspiring and polite.’
‘The Eco-Schools Programme is pupil-led; involves hands-on, real-world learning and gets the whole school and the wider community involved in exciting environmental projects.
Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme in the world.
For more than 20 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness.
Eco-Schools improves pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness and improves the school environment.’ www.eco-schools.org.uk/
The Eco group consists of students in different year groups who work together to follow the Eco – Schools initiative and develop and improve sustainability across the school and the wider environment. Students are encouraged to become members of the Eco Council and therefore take an active role in developing ideas. The Eco council is led by members of the Sixth form and consists of students representing different year groups. The eco group meet during lunchtimes to work on a variety of projects and the Eco Council meet every two weeks. Information about the wide range of activities is communicated through assemblies, the Eco noticeboard, form activities, the school newsletter and website.
The Eco Council are responsible for the development of the Eco code and Mission statement and also the Action Plan.
The Action Plan is devised by the Eco Council as a result of their Environmental Review and is a focus for their activities during the year. Students involved in the group have the opportunity to work with students in other year groups and organisations and this brings benefits to students and to the school as we extend our commitment to sustainability: caring for oneself, each other and the environment.
The following activities and events have been part of the recent eco work:
- Energy Month and Switch Off Fortnight
- Waste Week
- What’s under your feet
- Toilet Twinning
- Pennies for Munnar, India
- Send my friend to school
- WWF Earth Hour
- Mufti days – Stand up to Cancer, Go Green for Grenfell. Coffee mornings for MacMillan, Dementia,
- Contributions to Kettering Food Bank
The Eco – Schools programme focuses on ten topics and as a Green Flag school there is a requirement to work on five topics per year. The students have completed activities based on the following topics and further details can be found on each:
Energy, Biodiversity, School Grounds, Water, Waste, Global Citizenship, Transport, Healthy Eating and Litter. The new topic of Marine will allow students to focus on the issues of plastic in the oceans and work across the school to reduce single-use plastic items.