The Green Awareness Award for an Eco-Team or Club 2012 

‘Spittal Primary Eco Group’ 
Spittal Primary School 
Nominated by: Lorna Hunter 
Spittal Primary School established an Eco Group made up of representatives from each class with the intention of working towards gaining Green Flag status. 
 
“This is a national programme which schools are encouraged to participate in. We identified a need for pupils to be involved in environmental issues such as recycling, composting, litter control and learning about the outdoors – particularly the local area,” said Lorna Hunter. 
 
It was hoped that this project would help foster a sense of identity and provide opportunities for children to develop skills relating to the four capacities for Curriculum for Excellence. Targets were set out at the beginning of each academic session and measured using related success criteria as set out in the Eco Schools Programme. 
Spittal Primary School
This ongoing project must be sustainable in order to develop pupil understanding and also increase responsibility. Curriculum time, planning and evaluation time continues throughout the school year. The pupil group meet regularly and are led in a number of activities by class teacher, Brenda Clark. 
 
The whole school take part in the project including the nursery class and all staff members who also participate were led by Mrs Clark. Time was spent on the project both in and out of the classroom. 
 
Pupils were involved with litter picking on the school grounds and in and around the local area surrounding the school. The children collected paper for recycling weekly from all rooms throughout the school, including classrooms and offices. Pens were also collected for recycling and pupils have visited nearby Castlemilk Park to learn about wildlife and natural plants. 
 
In terms of utilising classroom resources to help benefit the project, computers were used for pupils to create and then present Powerpoint presentations to the rest of the school and to parents too. A competition was run where all classes were asked to create and ‘eco-code’. The winner was a rap by one of the classes and this is now recited at school assemblies. 
 
A local artist has been involved in helping to paint murals in the playground for the children to make the playground more attractive and the project has seen the school enjoy positive publicity through the local press. 
 
The initial activities encouraged the children and staff to want to become an eco school and achieve Green Flag status. Lorna is in no doubt that the project fulfilled its objectives, commenting: “Originally only litter picking was introduced but this has evolved to include recycling, composting, planting seeds and bulbs, installing bird boxes, promoting healthy eating and saving electricity by auditing the number of lights left on and promoting and monitoring a reduction in this.” 
 
Since the project started, the school saw an improvement in the amount of energy saved through the reduced number of lights being left on. The children involved were seen to be growing in confidence due to the increase in their responsibilities. All the staff became fully involved and are constantly supporting the work and there is now an ongoing enthusiasm for the project with the introduction of a ‘Health Week’ at the school. 
 
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