Staff, pupils and parents, pictured, right, at the school’s recent Christmas carol evening, have been working extremely hard to ensure the nursery is eco- friendly.
The Eco Committee, comprising of parents and staff, contacted local businesses, housing associations and churches in an effort to get the whole community involved. Unfortunately, so far, none have taken up the opportunity.
The team conducted an environmental review and elected to tackle the problem of litter in the local area.
Hot spots were identified at bus stops, shops, the bank and the local pub. Children designed posters encouraging people to be more responsible and went on ‘litter walks’.
The Nursery invested in a water butt in the garden for children to use when watering the plants or “painting” the walls. By adding bricks to the toilet cisterns, the amount of water used at each flush was reduced. Children have been very careful in remembering to turn off taps after washing their hands.
Next, the nursery hopes to achieve the Silver Award, by concentrating on Energy and Transport. So far they have investigated solar and wind power, bought solar lights for their Eco House and, when the weather has been fine, have used solar fountains in the garden. As much as possible, the pupils, parents and staff are working by natural light and are ensuring not to leave appliances on standby.
In keeping with the eco theme, families and staff took part in the National Walk to School Week. The bike shelter has been used for scooters as well as bikes and an emphasis has been placed on road safety. A number of families took part in a Traffic Trail around the neighbourhood.
The nursery school organised an Eco Day where a local artist shared ideas on the creative use of recycled materials. Parents, helped children to make flowers, using recycled milk cartons and plastic carrier bags. Milk cartons were again used, this time for planting seeds and empty jam jars were painted as candle holders. Fruit kebabs were made as a healthy snack and a taster session of Tradecraft dried fruits, supplied by Sainsbury’s, was arrainged. More Tradecraft produce was raffled, with the proceeds going to charity.
Now into a new session, the committee is looking for new members and again, local businesses, churches and housing associations are encouraged to come forward and get involved. An Eco Corner has been set up in the Nursery where families and visitors can read all about the children’s efforts.
Eco-Schools is an international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action for the environment. It is an environmental management tool, learning resource and recognised award scheme. The ultimate goal for schools such as Liberton Nursery would be to achieve the covetted ‘Green Flag Award’.
For more information about the Eco Schools Initiative visit www.ecoschoolsscotland.org
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