GREEN FLAG & CURRIECO NEWS 2017/18

There are mountains of work done across the school to help us maintain our prestigious Green Flag – our topics are addressed in most curricular areas but also within DofE, Prince’s Trust, PSE, Mentors in Violence Prevention, Rights Respecting Schools to name a few. Well done to everyone for your dedication! Our renewal date for our Green Flag is January 2019…

 Our Eco Schools Topics this year: Litter, Waste Minimisation & Healthy Living

Litter: The Currieco team wanted to look at the problem of litter in our school and community and tackle this through presentations, education and change. We have had workshops from Changeworks and the Bin-It roadshow. The S2s took part in an entertaining anti-litter campaign in Drama; well done to 2L1’s representatives who won the competition!  Many staff, pupils and volunteers have been out litter-picking throughout this session but we still have a lot of work to do. We are having a Currieco day on the last week of terms to tackle our to-do list!

Waste Minimisation: The problem of plastic in the sea has hit the headlines recently and we decided to make plastic waste a focus. We showed a presentation during Tutor Group time and asked them to “make a promise” to the world to help do “their bit” during Earth Hour. We created a globe out of plastic bottle tops for our Eco display and as a school have made plans to scrap plastic bottle sales, cutlery and polystyrene containers in the Dolphin Café. We are in the process of re-branding our bins and encouraging more mixed recycling across the school including food waste and battery recycling. Mrs Marriott is also continuing to recycle our toner cartridges which is great!

 Healthy Living: Our Fair Trade team, led by Ms Gerardot, put on a fun stall for the Christmas Fayre and continue to provide a weekly FT stall for pupils.  For Fair Trade fortnight, we shared some interesting facts to raise awareness and provided a special gift stall for staff. We also hosted a premiere of a Fair Trade film called ‘Unravelling the Thread’ highlighting the struggles and dangers of cotton farming. The Food for Life committee have been linking learning with curriculum and have improved healthy provision in the Dolphin Café and made efforts to address waste, community links, variety and sustainability. Did you know that in HFT, S1 pupils go foraging for wild flower and cook with it and eat it? We will be doing a HWB survey to ensure that all pupils have their say. Inclusivity and security are of vital importance to us and Mr McKinney and SfL are making exciting plans for a nurture space. We are also planning to make a buzz in the school grounds and attract bees to our flower beds to address the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder which is everyone’s problem!

Some of our Eco Tips / Facts from this year:

Plastic…  FACT: If we continue to use and dispose of plastic at the current rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.  PLEDGE: Carry a reusable bag for your food or clothes shopping. Encourage your parents to keep reusable bags in the car for groceries. Save money and help save our oceans!

Ecosia…  Did you know you could help save the planet by just using a search engine? Download the Ecosia app and use it instead of Google. It is a non-profit organisation that donates 80% of its profits to tree plantation – 45 searches will plant one tree. So far, Ecosia have planted 30 million trees!

Fair Trade Uniform…  Fairtrade can provide access to finance, producer support and expertise in tackling climate change, supporting long-term environmental sustainability. Did you know that Currie CHS supports Fairtrade with its Fairtrade school uniform from KoolSkools?

Gender Equality …  Fair trade enables more women to join the organisations that grow produce such as bananas, cotton and tea.  This is important because “it gives women the right to vote, to participate in decision making, to receive benefits and to live with dignity.”  Is your cuppa a Fairtrade cuppa?

Keep doing your bit for our school and planet.

Mrs Steel & Currieco

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