Our vision is to be St Helens most environmentally friendly school, creating sustainability solutions with both staff and students working together as a team and minimising our carbon footprint to support our local community.
Our schools foundation is built on our Cowleian values, which distinguish us and guide our actions. Our actions should respect our local, national and international environment and support the protection of our planet. We are responsible for protecting ourselves from the environmental crisis and looking after this planet for the next generation.
HOW TO INSPIRE
‘People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure’
– David Attenborough
To ensure our students are aware of just how important our planet is, we will do all we can to inspire them to participate in whole school activities to understand more about our environment and what we can do to save it.
Here are some upcoming whole school initiatives our students will have the opportunity to participate in and make a difference:
The Big School Bird Watch
Between February 8th and 12th, all students will participate in the RSPB Big School Bird Watch. In Biology, the students cover many topics looking at organisms and how they adapt to their surroundings. Therefore, this whole school activity would introduce the students to the wildlife that inhabit our school grounds with the opportunity of identifying and recording specific species of birds. Our results will be sent off to the RSPB who will use the information to record the wildlife numbers around our local community. For more information on this campaign, please visit www.rspb.org.uk
Between 14th and 18th March, all students will participate in Waste Week. This is a campaign supported by EDF Energy to help teach students why reducing waste is important – especially electrical waste. Around our school we will have electrical recycling points for students to bring in batteries and old mobile phones that we will recycle to reduce electrical waste that effects our environment. For more information on this campaign, please visit www.jointhepod.org
Meat Free Monday
Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday is a not-for-profit campaign which aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week. To contribute towards this campaign we will communicate with our school kitchen and introduce our students to meals they can still enjoy but will help benefit our environment. For more information on this campaign, please visit www.meatfreemondays.com
Car Share Tuesday
Our school is trying to reduce the amount of car emissions our staff produce when travelling to work. We are currently in the process of planning ‘Car Share Tuesday’ where members of staff must buddy up with another colleague, or two, and travel to and from work together reducing the amount of cars travelling to work by 50% or more. For more information about car sharing and its benefits, please visit www.nationalcarshare.co.uk