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Damhead Eco Club

Going for Green!

Here at Damhead we are committed to playing our part in the very real problems facing our environment.Together with the whole school, our Eco Schools Team (see above) are working tirelessly to make change.

The Eco-Schools Programme is the world’s largest Environmental Education programme and aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school.

Having already obtained our Bronze and Silver Awards, we are this year applying for the prestigious ‘Green Flag’. The internationally recognised Green Flag is the highest award given to Eco-Schools and symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.

Our three focuses this year are Waste, Energy and Global Perspective. We have worked to become a ‘Plastic Smart’ School, which means we have cut down on plastic wrap in packed lunches, banned plastic straws and use refillable water bottles. Much thanks goes to Causeway Coast and Borough Council for their assistance with this scheme.

We recycle paper, cardboard and plastic and have recycling and food waste bins in all rooms. We have had a visit this year from RiverRidge Recycling Company, who kindly sponsored us with hi-vis vests and litter pickers for our Eco Club to use in their daily litter and food bin emptying duty. Many thanks goes to them.

We do spot checks on our bins to make sure we all know what goes where, and Mr Young, our caretaker, even weighs our bins so that we can update the whole school on our progress!

Our P5 class will be visiting CanCan Bazaar Charity Shop in Ballymoney to learn how our waste is recycled and what things can be made into.

We also recycle clothes in March in the ‘Cash for Clobber’ scheme, helping others and raising money for school funds at the same time!So start gathering all those items you no longer need and check our weekly newsletter on Parentmail for when to send it in to school.

To save Energy we have Eco Monitors in each class to turn off lights and computers when they’re not being used. We also took part in the ‘Energy Saving Schools’ Challenge and saved 800kg worth of CO² by saving energy in our homes!

P4 and 5 had a visit from a lady from Bryson Energy, who explained all the problems of fossil fuels with us and helped us to think of alternative sources of energy for the future.

Our teachers are being trained in Global Learning and we are looking forward to more discussion and activities to help us contribute to a fair and sustainable world. They are also using Fair Trade tea and coffee in the staff room.

As you can tell, we are very excited about making a difference in our world! Keep up to date with us on the website, and on Parentmail and SeeSaw.