The award from Eco-Schools comes after much ongoing hard work by our Eco-Committee (the DECOs), the staff Eco-Committee and the whole School community. We are delighted to receive the Silver Award in response to our commitment to improving our sustainability and environmental awareness.
After achieving Bronze Award earlier this year, our Eco-Committee was eager to progress towards the Silver Award. which required a number of additional steps. Academically, we had to demonstrate how environmental issues are covered in at least three areas of the school curriculum. We are already surpassing this target across our curriculum, including in creative subjects, such as Drama and Art, in modern languages, Politics, Chemistry and Business Studies, and environmental and global awareness are a fundamental part of our Learning for Life programme (PSHE).
We also had to show how we were were keeping our whole school informed and involved with our environmental work. For the last term, the use of technology and virtual events has been crucial for this, enabling our Eco-Committees to be as active from wherever they are around the globe as they would have been on campus.
Mrs Phillips-Morgan, who teaches History and Politics and took on responsibility as our Environmental Awareness Coordinator, is thrilled with the news:
I’m delighted that Downe House has received the Eco-Schools Silver Award. It is the culmination of the efforts of not just the DECOs and Staff Eco-Committee, but the whole community! It is wonderful that our school is becoming more environmentally conscious. Even the small steps, taken together, can make big differences. I am thrilled that the Silver Award brings us closer to achieving the Green Flag.
Now that we have achieved our Silver Award, we are on track to work with Eco-Schools to help us complete our final steps for Green Flag success!