Unity joined the WESSA Eco-Schools in 2014, recognising that the programme provided an opportunity to effectively channel the learners’ passion for the environment. The school has just received a Bronze Award – the first of five awards achievable on the Eco-Schools programme. This is a great accomplishment for the school and they are naturally very proud of their achievement. To receive this award the school had to select one Eco-Schools theme to focus on for the year. The five themes on the programme are Nature & Biodiversity, Health Living, Resources, Local & Global issues and Community & Heritage.
The school ran projects based on three themes which involved the whole school. We divided the school into different phases:
The Junior Phase recycled litter from the playground. They collected paper, plastic and glass after every break and they had to put it in different bins
The Intermediate phase was involved with recycling. They used discarded paper, plastic and glass to make different art and craft articles
The Senior Phase covered Healthy Living. They started a garden where they planted different varieties of vegetables for consumption.
The Bronze Award is just the first step towards the school achieving excellence in environmental management. For the school to receive a Silver Award at the end of 2015 they will need to select a second theme and implement a related project whilst maintaining the first project for which they have been awarded. The school will continue to add to their portfolio each year until they have a project for each of the themes. By the end of their fifth year on the programme they should have five projects in place which will earn them the much-respected Eco-Schools International Green Flag.