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Balgowan Eco-schools achieves Green Flag Award

We are proud to announce that we obtained the Eco Schools Green Flag Award on 21st January 2014!

Switch Off fortnight

The Eco Committee are encouraging the school community to participate in the EDF Energy ‘The Pod’ Switch-Off Fortnight campaign from 18 November to 1 December 2013.

Eco Schools photographs

A photo gallery of some of the Eco Committee at work

RHS Young School Gardener 2013 Finalist

Alice Ibbott from 6HW successfully entered the final round of the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2013 Competition. She was one of 16 selected from the whole of Great Britain and won a digital camera for the school.

Alice was a guest at the RHS Hampton Court Flower…

New Afterschool Gardening Club

Due to the recent success of gardening within the Eco Schools programme children will now have the opportunity to attend an after school gardening club. During sessions children will learn how to use gardening tools correctly. They will also learn how to sow seeds, plant bulbs, take cuttings and how to nurture a wide variety of plants, herbs and vegetables which they will grow themselves. Children will also gain an understanding of how humans can reduce their impact on the environment by learning about composting and by participating in activities to encourage wildlife into the garden. Children will have the opportunity to be creative, e.g. making bird feeders and designing and making a seed packet. They will also be able

Eco Schools Silver

On 12th May 2013 we successfully achieved the Eco Schools Silver Award. The Silver Award criteria focused on strengthening pupil leadership and whole school involvement while the school started to work on at least one of the Eco-Schools topics in depth. There is evidence that the school grounds have been improved, recycling and waste are being audited and improvement plans are in place, energy is monitored regularly and involvement in the EDF Energy ‘The Pod’ Switch-off Fortnight has raised awareness of reducing energy consumption by turning off lights and equipment when not in use. We have also achieved RHS Campaign for School Gardening Level 1 and Level 2 Benchmarking Certificates, EDF Energy The Pod Bronze medal (2012) and Silver Medal

All about Eco Schools

In February 2012 the Eco Schools committee was formed and an environmental review (audit) was carried out. There are nine topics for Eco Schools. The Eco Schools website has lots of information. Tina Brabham leads and co-ordinates the Eco Schools committee. Since forming in 2012, the full committee meets once a term to compile their Action Plan. This is very much focused on being pupil led. Pupils meet every Friday lunchtime to carry out the work. The Eco Warriors have worked hard to try and make sustainability an integral part of school life. They’ve covered lots of topics since starting last year and have mainly focused on recycling, energy, waste, litter, school grounds and biodiversity. As a school we already participate in programmes under