14 January 2010

Eco-School in Aguis De Soldanis


by: Joanie Xiberras (Eco School Co-ordinator)


Eco Skola Noticeboard

The scholastic year 2007-2008 saw the initiation of the committee in charge of Eco-School in our school Aguis de Soldanis.  The co-ordinators of the Eco-School programme are Ms Joanie Xiberras, Ms Monica Zammit and Ms Monica Farrugia.  Today students forming part of the committee are coming from forms one to three.  The president of the Committee is Jessica Bugeja from 3 Liedna while Marlene Muscat from 3 Sempreviva is the vice-President.  Jasmine Bajada of 2 Pepprin is the secretary while Danica Ann  Cassar is the vice secretary.  The committee whose members amount to around 20 students meet every Thursday at 1 Sempreviva during the midday break where the students together with the Eco-School co-ordinators discuss and plan actions that need to be taken in the following week/s.    

The Eco-Schools programme was launched in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).  Over 13,000 schools from around the world form part of this programme.    In Malta it was in 2002 that this initiative was initiated by Nature Trust.      

Taking an active role in environmental decision making and action in school and in the whole community is the primary aim of eco schools.  Through Eco-School students will become more aware of environmental issues which need to be addressed with the school.  This will result in behavioural change not only in the students themselves but in the whole school and also in the communities that the students form part of. 

The Eco-Schools programme is based on seven steps which are the establishment of the Eco-Schools Committee, Environmental Review, Action Plan, Monitoring and Evaluation, Curriculum Linking, Informing and involving the wider community, and Eco-Code.  Schools participating in the Eco-School programme can be awarded the bronze and silver certificates and the Green Flag. 

An Eco-School Notice Board was set up in the entrance hall of our school so that information relating to the Eco-School is communicated to other members in the school.

Assemblies are another way of communicating to the whole school community about the work of the Eco-School committee. Through assemblies Eco-School students communicate competitions, important notices and reminders.  An initiative of two Eco-School students – Danica Ann Cassar and Kimberly Falzon was the creation of name tags and all Eco-School students were presented with the name tags by our headmistress Ms M.A Attard during the Assembly.  Lately, information about the batteries bins –Batterina – was given by different Eco-School students from different forms in different assemblies.

Behind all the past year Eco-School activities, emphasis was given to the three R’s that is: Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.  Upon entering the entrance hall, on their first day at school all the students of our school found a banner saying: Be Cool: Waste Not Want Not.

Recycling and a system of recycling for each class was developed.  This system is being monitored by the students in the Eco-School committee whereby students visit different classes during the form time to check whether this system is being used properly.  Other ways how awareness on this issue was promoted by inviting Wasteserv representatives to give talks to all form two students regarding recycling.


A competition on recycling was also open to all students and the most interesting submissions were given a prize.

Besides these initiatives a compost bin was set up where fruit and vegetables peels from the home economics rooms and staff rooms are disposed of in. 

The first activity for this scholastic year 2009-2010 was a visit to the Civic Amenity Site at Xewkija for all form one students where students had the opportunity to view this site and ask interesting questions to a wasteserv representative who was guiding them at the site.

Eco-School students had the opportunity to exhibit their work during the open day which is organised annually in our school for all the parents of the students. The topics tackled by the students included energy, waste, water, pollution and greenhouse effects.  Apart from this exhibition a wasteserv representative was present through out the day giving information on compost making.  To complement this activity, a selection of Nature Trust publications and plants were for sale.  Eco-School students were in charge of this stand and they distributed leaflets and information to interested parents and students.    


Tackling the unnecessary waste of water in our school especially in the students’ bathrooms is an issue that the Eco-School students expressed their wish to address.  The idea of creating a slogan to be placed in each of the four students’ bathrooms was created and put into action.   During November and December a group of Eco-School students under the supervision of Ms Monica Zammit met weekly in the Students’ Council room and they designed slogans on four pieces of wood which are to be fixed in a prominent place in each of the said toilets.  These slogans were presented to the whole school community during the different assemblies between the 11th and the 15th January 2010 where Eco-School students are displaying the four slogans while giving helpful tips on how to save water in our everyday life.

Any students wishing to join the Eco-School Committee can contact Ms Joanie Xiberras, Ms Monica Zammit or Ms Monica Farrugia.

Interesting websites for students:

www.flicktheswitch.eu
www.ioikids.net
www.climatechangeeducation.org
www.wasteservmalta.com
http://ecoagents.eea.europa.eu/




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