Isle of Wight schools are being urged to attend an event, which will showcase Northwood primary school and others who have achieved excellent results in environmental awareness and actions, to encourage others to ‘go green’. The Eco-Event will take place on Thursday 12th November at Northwood School from 3pm until 5.30pm. It will feature a guided tour of the grounds and an innovative ‘Eco-market’ – with stalls staffed by experts covering the eight sustainable schools ‘doorways.’
Teachers and governors will be treated to local food and a cooking demonstration by the community chef Jenny Harris. They will also be able to find out about how the ‘doorways’ can inspire learning and help the planet. Energy efficiency will be covered along with using the grounds in dynamic ways – encouraging more learning outside of the classroom. Information on travelling to school, recycling and waste, growing food and cutting water wastage will also be covered along with global citizenship and inclusion and participation.
The Medina Valley Centre and the Footprint Trust have been working with the Isle of Wight Council to promote sustainable schools for the past year. To date 37 Island schools have joined the international Ecoschools initiative, with four achieving the highest award – the coverted Green Flag.
The Medina Valley Centre will be demonstrating their ‘EcoChallenger’ – an impressive resource developed with Island schools in mind. The Footprint Trust offers free Eco-Audits of schools along with workshops for pupils of all ages. Together, the two organisations deliver SUSedWight, a comprehensive support service to get sustainable education into local schools. They link to other schemes to assist schools such as the Forest Schools initiative. Details of grants available to improve school grounds and for renewable energy will be on hand.
As part of this event there will be the presentation of the national awards for sustainable travel to school by the chair of the national sustainable travel organisation, Modeshift. In their first year of entering fourteen Island schools, ranging from primaries and middle schools to a tuition centre, a pupil referral unit and a special school, have achieved bronze ‘sustainable’ level awards. Godshill Primary achieved a silver ‘higher standards’ award and has been shortlisted for ‘National Travel School of the Year’ to be awarded at the end of November.
A free crèche and buffet is to be provided. To book a place school staff and governors should call the Footprint Trust on (01983) 82-22-82.
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