Eco-Schools

Eco-Schools is an international award programme, managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

Applemore College achieved Eco-Schools Silver Award in March 2016 and are currently working towards Green Flag Award, under the co-ordination of our enthusiastic, student led Eco Committee.

The Eco Committee have developed an Eco Code which is displayed in all tutor rooms. The aim of the Eco Code is to raise awareness of the whole College community of how every individual’s actions, however small, can make a difference to our local and global environment.

Design created by Romany Lynch, Eco Commmittee member.

Click here to see a presentation given by Eco Committee students to assemblies about the work required to become an Eco-Schools Green Flag School.

Below are some recent articles about our Eco-Schools progress.

If you would like to know more about Applemore College’s Eco-Schools work or see a copy of our Eco-Schools Environmental review and action plan, please contact Mrs R Williams in DSB.

 

Applemore College Achieves Eco-Schools Silver Award – March 2016

Applemore College Eco Committee have led the school community to achieve Eco-Schools Silver Award in just 5 months - faster than any other school in the New Forest.

Since achieving their Bronze Award in December 2015, the EcoCommittee have been focussing on sharing their plans with the College Council and involving the whole school community in taking action to make a difference in three key project areas: Energy, Waste and Recycling (this includes litter) and School Grounds. The motto for their Eco-Schools journey is ‘TEAM” – Together Everyone Achieves More, showing they understand that a lot of their work is about involving all the students in the school to make a difference for our environment.

Gill Hickman, New Forest Sustainable Schools Co-ordinator, visited Applemore College’s Eco Committee to review their progress and celebrate their Silver Award. The students told her about how their individual actions are making a difference and contributing to the success of the team – these actions ranged from placing thermometers in each classroom to check they were not too hot and wasting heat energy, running a fair stall to raise money for propagators to plant seeds, to leading a student team of litter pickers and applying for funding towards the Quiet Quad development. Much of this progress has been with the support and advice from expert visitors who have provided the Eco Committee with information, training and resources for their projects. These include:

  • Graeme Lamkin, a landscape gardener from Arum Design, whose expertise is much appreciated within the Quiet Quad Project.
  • Cathy Cook, Schools Energy Project Co-ordinator who donated room thermometers and helped the team identify heat loss with a thermal imaging camera.
  • Rachel Butler, Hampshire Recycling, who discussed recycling with the Eco Committee to support their implementation of recycling bins across the school.
  • Mandy Pickard from New Forest District Council, who is supporting the ‘Love Where You Learn’ litter initiative at Applemore College and has run litter assemblies, ensuring the whole school community is involved in keeping the school clean.
  • Councillor Peter Armstrong, Litter Champion for the New Forest District, who led Applemore College’s Clean For the Clean Litter Pick Event on 4th March 2016.
  • NFDC Chairman Councillor Mrs Alison Hoare attended a litter assembly and presented certificates to Clean for the Queen student participants.
  • Paul Jupp from Meadow in my Garden, who is working with the Eco Committee to create areas of wildflowers in the school grounds.
  • Councillor Sue Bennison visited the GardenMore team to advise and support their planting plans for this year.

 

The Eco Committee students are excited to have their work recognised with the Silver Eco-Schools Award, team members Romany and Ami commented “The meeting with Gill Hickman went really well, and we explained what we have been doing. We are so happy to have got the Silver Award and that we are now close to getting our Green Flag, which will mean we’ve done so much to improve our environment.”

 

Applemore College Achieves Eco-Schools Bronze Award – December 2015

The future is not just bright for Applemore College, it’s green! Applemore College’s student led EcoTeam has achieved Eco-Schools Bronze Award in just six weeks and is well on the way to completing the criteria for the Silver Award.

Eco-Schools is an international award programme, managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy,  that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

Gill Hickman, New Forest Sustainable Schools Co-ordinator, recently visited Applemore College’s EcoTeam and heard all about their work to achieve Bronze Award. They shared their progress so far and their many ideas, including their development of some creative litter focussed Scratch games and animated cartoons.

To satisfy the Bronze Award requirements the environmentally friendly students from Years 7 - 10 have formed an Eco Committee that meets regularly and records their discussions and actions. They have developed a motto for their Eco-Schools journey which is ‘TEAM” – Together Everyone Achieves More, showing how they understand that a lot of their work is about involving all the students in the school to make a difference for our environment. The team undertook an environmental review of the school, asking many teachers for feedback about the school’s performance in nine environmental areas. They have reviewed the responses and from this have developed an action plan and are working on three key project areas: Energy, Waste and Recycling (this includes litter) and School Grounds.

Applemore College’s involvement in the recent Postcard to Paris Climate Change project shows that action is being taken to raise students’ awareness of energy issues. 51 students sent postcards with messages about their Climate Change concerns to world leaders at the COP21 Conference in Paris 2015. Geography, Science and even French classes were involved in this activity, linking the EcoTeam work to the school curriculum.

The Applemore Eco Committee are working hard on their ideas to transform their school’s daily routine into one that benefits the environment, saves money and improves the school’s surroundings. They recently presented their Litter Campaign ideas to the School Governors and the student College Council and are ready to take action and progress through the Eco-Schools Awards. They have the support of their teachers and school governors who are keen to ensure that education for sustainability is incorporated right across the school, with the associated benefits to pupil’s learning, wellbeing and confidence.

Gill commented “I am so impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the EcoTeam and all the staff involved. Congratulations for a very well deserved Bronze Award”.