The Eco Schools Green Flag is awarded to schools that care deeply for the environment and who encourage and foster positive change in environmental awareness.
Castledawson Primary School was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award first in 2011. We are currently awaiting reassessment for our third flag. We are proud of the interests and efforts our pupils have made working towards the ten environmental targets which consist of:
- Waste- resource Efficiency
- Healthy Living
- School Grounds
- Global Perspective
- Climate change
Since our last assessment in May 2013 we have continued with the work involved in our first three targets; Waste, Transport and Litter and the targets added for our second flag; Energy, Healthy Living and School Grounds. To these we extended our focus to include Water and Global Perspective. New pupils have been encouraged to examine how to reduce, reuse and recycle. We continue to collect; Cash for Clobber, mobile phones, stamps and recycling of glasses. Children recycle food packaging to create junk material for technology projects. Pupils have been encouraged to take part in activities organised by Magherafelt Council such as the Blue Bin Christmas hats; Fit for Life; Environmental Youth Speak and the Village Spring Clean. Walk to School week is an annual event in our school calendar.
We are encouraged by our children’s enthusiasm and willingness to spread the message about the need to save energy, water and reduce waste. Our pupils have had fun promoting the environmental message. We have had our own Doc Energy on National Power Down Day reminding everyone of the importance of saving electricity. A sea of blue has transformed our school on World Ocean Day with children dressing in blue and sharing a special ocean themed lunch. This provided a poignant reminder of the importance of our oceans in supporting wildlife and providing us with a source of water. Our committee suggested that we would mark the event by sponsoring a penguin at Belfast Zoo.
Each year the pupils decide on a New Year’s Challenge for our school community. Through these we have been able to raise awareness amongst family and friends about the need to conserve energy, water and waste.
Our P4/5 children participated in a Healthy Gardening Schools Education Programme sponsored by ECO-UNESCO. This was an excellent 1 day programme which encouraged all involved to think about healthy foods, growing plants and developing a sustainable garden. Something for our committee to develop this year!!!!
Pupils and staff appreciate the support offered to us by friends, family, local businesses and the council. Together we can raise awareness of environmental issues and help our children to become global citizens.