Global Action Days

It’s that time of the year again. Time to act and help the environment! The Global Action Days is a campaign by the Foundation for Environmental Education to activate students and teachers to lead the change for a more sustainable world by getting involved in fun-filled, informative, activities. Participating in constructive, meaningful actions helps young people to see the point of being involved, and aids their understanding of what they can do themselves to help the environment. It’s all very simple. Plan your action, document the action by taking pictures, making a video or writing an article, register your school online and SHARE with the rest of the world on our Global Action Days Facebook page in the week of 9-15 November 2015. The chosen theme for Global Days of Action 2015 is Climate Change because of the Climate Conference known as COP21 which takes place in Paris later this year. The conference is about all governments agreeing to a deal to significantly reduce man-made Climate Change. As Climate Change is such a huge topic, FEE believes it is the ideal theme to focus on in 2015. All information on how to join this action can be found on #globalactiondays #FEE #EcoSchools The Global Action Booklet is also available here.

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Litter Management

The litter bins in the yard were properly labelled for separation of waste.  A number of identical cardboard boxes were collected, labelled and placed in each classroom for the separation of paper and plastic waste.  Wheely bins were placed on each floor for collection of waste. A noticeboard in the primary section and another in the secondary section were set up  in line with ‘Bin it Well’ campaign which showed by actual examples, how waste should be separated. Noticeboards set up to promote proper separation of waste: Bin it Well Campaign – primary noticeboard Bin it Well Campaign – secondary noticeboard Eco-wardens in the primary and Eco-agents in the secondary were appointed to monitor litter management.  These assessed cleanliness and proper waste separation in the primary classes and then award the green class of the week by a ‘green flag’. Green Class of the Week – Class being awarded the Green Flag Two Eco-wardens wearing identification badges.  

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Nature studies creates responsibilities – Litter

Various interesting discussions about how to be responsible for a healthy Environment were held in the classrooms during the second term.   Topics like ‘Keeping a clean environment’, ‘Living in a Healthy Environment’, ‘Towards a Clean Nature’, ‘Nature studies creates responsibilities’ and ‘L-indafa kollox u kullimkien’  were all discussed as a class. As a home assignment, the students were asked to look for information and for some pictures at home about the related tasks. When the material was brought to school, the students together with the help of the class teacher separated the material according to different topics.  Then the children were divided into groups where a discussion was held accordingly. They fixed the material on charts, which were hung on boards in the school corridors. Some children also wrote essays about the environment. While the children enjoyed working on this activity, they enhanced their knowledge about the imminent importance of having a healthy environment in our country.

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Animal Awareness and Climate Change

As one of the focuses for this year was animal awareness the committee decided to link this with loss of habitat due to climate change and set out on a campaign of awareness- a range of activities that involved the whole school throughout the year. The EkoSkola committee launched a campaign of awareness first by assigning an animal to each class. The pupils then together with their teachers researched that animal and presented and shared their information through the EkoSkola noticeboard (pic.6) and by means of presentations during assembly. Animals are not rubbish competition   Students researched animals of endangered species especially those effected by loss of habitat due to climate change – gathered information and shared it by means of charts and project work in science lessons.   Students worked in groups and built models of the endangered animals from recycled material in art and craft lessons. The models were put up for an exhibition for parents to see during parents day and the models were exhibited at St.James Cavalier . Animals are not rubbish competition:Students worked in groups and built models of the endangered animals from recycled material. The EkoSkola notice board: Informing and involving through EkoSkola notice board. Flick the Switch Week and Flick the Switch Poster Competition- Winners of the Poster Competition As part of Flick the Switch Week – we switched off the light for a week for an hour everyday – readings were taken priorand post to this activity and data was collected and presented in graphs. (whole school)   Flick the Switch Poster – students produced posters with messages of how to make better use of resources and reduce consumption of energy. (entries from Senior 1, 2 and grade 3) Our school was one of the winners for Flick the Switch HSBC Climate Change Talks/HSBC Eco Code Poster Competition (Pic.3) Hosted talks for students from Grade 3 to Senior 2 organised by HSBC representatives and took part in a quiz at the end of the session focusing on climate change and global warming. We also participated in Eco Code Poster competition and were winners in our category HSBC Eco Code Poster Competition and exhibition for parents. Eco Code winning poster. Involving and informing parents on two parental mornings. Celebrating Eco Day The EkoSkola committee together with the staff organised an eco morning were a programme of activities were celebrated with parents and distinguished guests. Activities included an exhibition, songs, a play called Drops of Life, presentation of Siġra ta’ l-Għargħar followed by tree planting. Presentation of ‘Siġra tal-Għargħar’ and tree planting on Environment Day

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