Posted on Tue 26 Feb 2019
Posted on Tue 26 Feb 2019
Posted on Mon 25 Feb 2019
The Education Authority (EA) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB), Eco-Schools has launched a Plastic Waste in Schools Competition which invites Key Stage 2 (P5 to P7) and Key Stage 3 (Year 8 to Year 10) school pupils to investigate the use of single-use plastics in their school.
Participating schools will be required to audit, monitor, and analyse the differing types of plastic that come into their school environment, explore what their primary uses are, look at how plastics are managed and consider what happens to these plastics after use.
Entrants will be invited to propose innovative solutions for the re-use of plastic to avoid disposal or identify how they might help to eliminate any or all single-use plastics in their school environment.
Participating schools will submit a written article and / or short video production, no longer than three minutes in length to EA, reporting their findings and proposed solutions.
John Coney, EA Energy and Environment Officer said:
“EA is delighted to be working in partnership with the Department of Education (DE), DAERA and KNIB, Eco-Schools to launch the Plastic Waste in Schools Competition.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage plastic waste reduction in the school community. The competition will challenge children and young people to identify the extent of plastic waste in individual school settings and explore developing innovative solutions to minimise or eliminate this waste entirely.
EA maintains an ongoing focus on its environmental responsibilities and the competition allows children and young people to play their part.”
Colin Breen, Head of the Single-Use Plastic, Waste Prevention and Waste Recycling Policy Team, DAERA said:
“The Department is delighted to be supporting the Plastic Waste in Schools Competition. Over recent months everyone has been made even more aware of the damaging impact of plastic in the environment and this is particularly acute with single-use plastics, which are used only once before being discarded.
The equivalent of a lorry load of plastic ends up in the oceans every minute and studies have shown that 50% of the rubbish washed up on European beaches is single-use plastic with the majority of that coming from our towns and cities.
I look forward to all of the creative and innovative ideas that will flow from all of the school children who get involved in this competition.”
Ruth Van Ry, Environmental Education Manager, KNIB, Eco-Schools:
“This competition is great way for schools to really engage with the important issue of waste and for pupils to really get down to the nitty-gritty of what is happening with their school rubbish.
We are always amazed at the innovative solutions presented by young people to real world problems and would encourage every school to use this competition as part of their Eco-Schools Green Flag actions.”
There will be two separate Plastic Waste in Schools Competition categories, a KS2 primary category for P5 to P7’s and a KS3 post primary schools category for Year 8 to Year 10’s.
Monetary prizes will be awarded to schools placed 1st (£500), 2nd (£300) and 3rd (£200) in each of the KS2 and KS3 categories sponsored by DAERA and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB), Eco-Schools.
Schools are also encouraged to publicise the competition work they are undertaking to internal and external audiences to raise awareness of their competition progress.
Schools can submit their competition entry by the closing date of Wednesday 17 April 2019 by emailing email@example.com
Competition entries will be reviewed by a panel which consists of representatives from EA, DAERA and KNIB, Eco-Schools. Winners will be notified by EA on Friday 3 May 2019.
Further information about the competition and requirements can be found on the EA website.
Posted on Mon 21 Jan 2019
Posted on Thu 06 Dec 2018
Translink and Eco-Schools – the international environmental education programme – are celebrating 10 years of joining forces to deliver a school travel challenge across Northern Ireland.
The Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge promotes walking, cycling, bus and train travel for the school run instead of car use. Since its launch, over 105,000 sustainable journeys have been made by pupils choosing more active travel modes in an effort to cut car congestion at the school gates, protect the environment and boost their health and wellbeing.
The initiative supports the draft Programme for Government by encouraging an increase in public transport use and active travel. It incorporates curriculum-linked classroom resources and encourages schools to develop sustainable travel plans for at least 2 weeks as a way to achieve the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.
Translink Health & Safety Manager John Thompson said: “The Challenge is a smart move to get more young people thinking about the importance of ‘active travel’:
“This partnership supports Translink’s ‘Go Eco’ corporate responsibility goals and it’s great to reach this major decade milestone. We’ve seen significant growth in pupil participation and around 10,500 pupils have now completed the challenge, demonstrating their commitment to reducing car congestion in their area.
“Over the years, pupils have been very creative in how they highlight the importance of sustainable transport, holding car-free days, fancy dress journeys, designing posters and even performing catchy public transport raps!
“We’re now encouraging schools to take part in the challenge during this milestone year. Simply visit www.translink.co.uk/ecoschools/ to download our Key Stage 1 – 3 classroom resources and be in with a chance of winning fantastic prizes!” said John.
Ruth Van Ry, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: “We really enjoy working on this great project with Translink and are seeing the rewards as a record number of pupils took part last year and the percentage of sustainable journeys undertaken has grown from 12% in the early years to nearly 60% last year. We are encouraging all schools to get on board for this special 10th year anniversary, have some fun and improve their health and environment.”
For further information visit your Eco-Schools School Zone Project page. Deadline for completed Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge entries is Tuesday 21st May 2019.
Posted on Tue 18 Sep 2018
If you are interested in taking part in this year’s Wrigley Litter Less campaign please contact Francesca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Tue 18 Sep 2018
The last couple of years have seen some changes to the Green Flag application process in order to streamline the process both for schools and us. All applications for the Green Flag award must be made through the online system on the Eco-Schools website. Please use this area throughout the year and add to the application as you go, the progress bars will show how complete each section is so you’ll know when you’re nearly ready.
If you have forgotten your password please contact us 02890 736920 or email Cathy. If you have moved schools or are no longer the Eco-Coordinator within your school please let us know so we can update our records.
As always you can submit your Green Flag application at any time of the year but these are the deadlines for a guaranteed assessment in the 2018/19 school year, schools applying after these dates might not be assessed by the end of June. Paper/emailed applications are no longer accepted.
The Green Flag award requires renewal every two years but if yours has lapsed don’t worry – the application process is the same as for new flags and the Eco-Schools team can provide support and advice in regaining your flag, contact us on 02890 736920 or by email.
Posted on Mon 02 Jul 2018
Posted on Wed 27 Jun 2018