At St Patrick’s we teach children to place high value on themselves, others and the environment. This leads them to understand the principles of sustainable development and prepares them to become positive global citizens and future stewards of our world. This fully supports our school ethos of “Peace, Love and Understanding”.
Eco Schools and the International School Award help to provide a framework towards these goals, and to allow the children to celebrate their learning and share the important positive actions they take.
Eco Schools aims to: “Ensure young people have power to be the change for sustainability that our world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated and socially responsible learning.” (Eco Schools website)
Eco Schools is based on ten themes:
– Biodiversity and Nature – Litter
– Climate Change – School Grounds
– Energy – Transport
– Global Citizenship – Waste
– Health and well-being – Water
These themes are approached across the curriculum in a hands-on and meaningful way throughout the school, led in part by children in our highly motivated Eco-Committee. Much of our outdoor learning and gardening links to and supports Eco Schools aims.
Eco Schools status is re-assessed every two years and we are proud to have achieved the highest Eco Schools award, the green flag, five times!
International School Award
The International School Award (ISA) recognises and promotes international learning which “gives young people a window into different cultures and countries, helping them develop as responsible global citizens and preparing them for life and work in a global society.” (ISA website)
Like Eco Schools, the ISA is approached in all curriculum areas in a motivating and meaningful way, and is also based on key themes:
– Identity and belonging
– Sustainable living
– Conflict and peace
– Fairness and equality
– Rights and responsibilities
The ISA is re-assessed every three years, and we have achieved the highest level, the full ISA, three times so far!