At Wakefield Girls’ we are proud that our student body are aware and engaged in current affairs, hence care deeply about environmental issues and have a strong desire to actively protect our planet. – encouraging children to be environmentally conscious and informed about global warming is beneficial to their education and being a proactive global citizen.
We recognise our social responsibility to improve and make any changes we can do, to improve and become more sustainable, that is why this year we launched our Eco-Schools Committee, to begin working towards the Eco-Schools Accreditation. The Accreditation requires schools to complete a 7-step programme.
The Seven-Step programme is as follows:
Step 1: Launch an Eco-Committee
Step 2: Complete an Environmental Review
Step 3: Create an Action Plan
Step 4: Embed Curriculum Links
Step 5: Informing and Involving
Step 6: Monitoring and Evaluation
Step 7: Create an Eco-Code
We have already created our Eco-Committee, buzzing with enthusiastic students from Year 7-Year 13. Students attend fortnightly meetings and discuss the tasks they have been working on and progress they have made. The eco-committee is a brilliant way to get involved in school life and play a role in changing our school for the better – new members are always welcome to join and develop their leadership and collaborative skills.
The team has big ideas and we are looking forward to seeing what suggestions and changes they make, to make our school environment more sustainable and to support our school community in being more environmentally conscious. They are currently working on their environmental audit.
We are aiming to achieve the accreditation by the end of this academic year, and will provide updates of what changes we make as they are introduced.
Mr J Ryding, Geography Teacher and Eco-Schools Lead