European Week for Waste Reduction at Gozo College Secondary School

The Gozo College Secondary School EkoSkola team took part in four projects, namely: beach cleaning, the making of a Christmas tree and decorations from packaging cardboard, Wasteserv talks for parents and students and paper shredding for animal bedding. For the beach cleaning project, the team went to Dwejra, San Lawrenz. Among the waste collected there were both plastic and glass bottles, cardboard, disposable coffee cups, broken glass, plastic bags and other similar material. The waste was gathered in large bags and then it was sorted into the respective recycling bins at Dwejra. Judging by the litter collected it was clear to the team that this place has rarely been cleaned, even though it is one of the main attractions that tourists visit when they come to Gozo. For the second project the EkoSkola team built a Christmas tree from packaging cardboard boxes. These boxes were supplied by retailers who sell white goods and other cumbersome items. The finished Christmas tree was decorated with cardboard decorations as well and is now displayed in the school foyer as part of the Christmas decorations. It will be stored during the year to be reused for future Christmases. The third project consisted of talks given by Wasteserv to parents and students. A Wasteserv representative came to our school to discuss issues related to waste, mainly  Organic waste. In order to be more effective, these talks were spread out in three days so each talk was given to a group of 50 students. The fourth and last project had to do with paper shredding for animal bedding. The team had the task of collecting used papers, old newspapers and magazines from other students and teachers, from their home and from school. The accumulated material was then shredded to be spread out under the animals’ hooves to keep the ground dry.

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European Week for Waste Reduction in full swing at Gozo College Middle School

The European Week for Waste Reduction in 2016 is being held between the 19th and 27th of November. Like in previous years, the Gozo College Middle School, through the EkoSkola committee, is participating with the aim to raise awareness amongst our students and school staff with regards to waste especially packaging waste.

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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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Project ideas we did and want to share!

At St Francis School, Victoria, we took a lot of initiatives throughout the year.  The following is just a list to say briefly what we did and perhaps give others ideas of what can be done… 1.    Treasure Hunt and Sports Day – Tokens were given to all students who took part. All tokens were made by Teachers and LSA’s and were made from reusable/recycled materials. Ex. a pencil holder. 2.    Models related to water – All the children were asked to design a model to give others ideas about how to save water. Ex. a shower rather than a bath as a model. 3.     Earth Day – Lights off around the whole school- classrooms, office, toilets, interactive white boards, computers, bells – all were switched off for a whole hour and we calculated that we used 13% less electricity on that day! 4.      Recycled Models – Children participated eagerly. They made models of their choice using only recycled materials. Ex. A Carnival Float made of recycled things 5.      Enjoying Reading while Saving money – All the children were asked to bring books. In class, children exchanged books between them. Thus saving money from not buying new books. 6.      Reusable Bottles, Napkins and Lunch Boxes – All children are encouraged to bring reusable bottles, napkins and lunch boxes. A member from the School Council checked that everybody got the right type of bottles, napkins and lunch boxes. Now all students are doing this! 7.       Included used materials when teaching – All the teachers, when conducting lessons tried their best to use recycled materials. Ex. Year 1: During Religion used cereal boxes for the topic Holqien.       Year 4: While painting in Science used Frott Artna Containers.       Year 6: During Maths used cereal cardboard to measure angles. Actually a lot more related initiatives were taken in school during the year.                                                                                        Ylenia Grech

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Crafts Made from Used Material

In our school, we practise  Eco-School values because our students want to embellish this environment by making crafts from used material. This will in turn  reduce waste. Here you can see various crafts that are made from used material like toilet paper rolls, used paper for free drawing, pots and bowls. Butterflies made from used paper Puppets made from used paper, envelopes and toilet paper rolls Our students picked up some branches that they have found scattered in the countryside and turned them into beautiful ornaments. As we can see, we don’t have to hassle and spend money in order to be creative, but we can foster creativity by letting our students explore and create a model from used material. This way, our Eco-school committee is reaching the whole school community.

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The work that led us to the Green Flag

Along the year, the Eco-School committee keeps record of the activities and events organized to help the school environment. These are recorded in the ‘Action Plan’ and in the ‘Eco-School committee file’. 

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Waste Minimisation with Students’s Voice – European Dimension

Our school took part in the SVED (Students’ Voice European Dimension) and 1 eco school member together with the link teacher had the opportunity to visit a school in Bari and explain the work of the Eko Skola committee. After doing an environmental review, the Eko Skola committee decided to focus on waste management for the year 2009 – 2010. Thus, all activities were linked with this theme. Some of the activities we organised included a Christmas craft competition, where students had to produce a craft by using reused materials. The Eco Code drawing competition was also focused on waste minimisation; and both Primary and Secondary students participated in these two competitions. We started preparing for the SVED/ Eko Skola presentation by doing the environmental review. All the committee members had different roles and some even went to take photos during the break. Others, prepared a grid which they used when they monitored the hygiene levels in the classrooms. From the environmental review it was clear that we needed to give students more information and so we attached a notice board in a prominent place, next to the receptionist so that everyone will see it. We decorated the notice board and attached a lot of information. There was also the need to distribute boxes in each classroom where students can separate paper and so we attached a sign that read ‘paper’ on different boxes and placed them in all the Secondary classes. All this work was recorded on a video which we used to further explain our work in Bari. The video also entailed individual interviews by all the committee members were they had the opportunity to explain what their role in Eko Skola is. After gathering all the data, the video was finalised and edited by one of our Eko Skola students. This was then shown during one of the presentations in Bari. Furthermore, this same video was also shown at school to parents, students and staff during our Awards Ceremony. This was an interesting and motivating project where the committee had fun and  learned at the same time. The EkoSkola revamped notice board This is the final look of our new Eko Skola notice board. Various information about all aspects of Eko-skola are displayed. This information includes aspects related to healthy eating and exercise, pollution, recycling and waste management amongst others. The EkoSkola committee members These are most of the Eko skola committee members. Starting from top left: David Borg, Manwel Zarb, Rodianne Vella. Bottom left: Samuel Mallia, Yanick Yankam, Jake Abela & Kieran Pace. Eco-code Drawing Competition Winner We did a Drawing Competition so as to involve all the students (Primary & Secondary) in our school eco code. This drawing won the first place since it is about waste management and is simple but can deliver an effective message.

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