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Green Schools Revolution in action

Take a look at success stories from some active Green Schools Revolution schools below. Maybe you’ll find some ideas to put into practice in your school or there will be activities you know your students would enjoy.

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Lipson Community College in Plymouth beat off stiff competition from hundreds of schools to take one of the top prizes in our 2012 Green Schools Revolution Competition.



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Jean Miller, from South Lanarkshire is a Headteacher at a rural primary school that has been actively involved in Green Schools Revolution since its launch, and is a passionate supporter of the programme.



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In the past year, more than 500 primary schools have put on their wellie boots and experienced for themselves how food is grown on a Co-operative Farm.



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Park View Community School in Manchester has three walking buses, covering three different routes.



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Lipson Community College in Plymouth beat off stiff competition from hundreds of schools to take one of the top prizes in our 2012 Green Schools Revolution Competition. Susan Kilvington, a teacher from the College explains how Green Schools Revolution has made a difference in their school.

‘We formed a Green Schools Revolution Young Co-operative, concentrating on social enterprise through working with our school community. We devised an energy saving plan for the school, based on an energy audit, involving peer education, a poster campaign and a Facebook page.

We were inspired by a trip to the Eden Project during Green Schools Week and the small steps they recommend to make a big difference. We have also organised a community litter pick, and replanted one of the school's flower beds.

Our efforts have meant that people within our school community are now paying greater attention to the impact they have on the environment. Our posters are on display around the school and we have seen a real change in attitude amongst staff and students alike. There are fewer lights on around the school which is reducing energy usage, windows are shut when the heating is on, people are more conscientious about the environment around the school and there is less litter in the area.

Green Schools Revolution has given us the tools to ramp up our eco-activity and the work has now become an integral part of the school community. By doing so may practical eco activities, environmental awareness has become second nature to many of our students, and winning this competition is fantastic recognition for them.’

 

‘We formed a Green Schools Revolution Young Co-operative, concentrating on social enterprise through working with our school community." Susan Kilvington, Lipson Community College

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Jean Miller, from South Lanarkshire is a Headteacher at a rural primary school that has been actively involved in Green Schools Revolution since its launch, and is a passionate supporter of the programme.

"I get a real buzz out of making a difference. It makes me feel proud to be part of Green Schools Revolution. Environmental education is so important to us and Green Schools Revolution fits in perfectly, not only with our Science and Social Studies curriculum bit also with our overall school ethos, with a range of collaborative investigative tasks which actively engage and support the Curriculum for Excellence. It’s been hugely valuable, not only to our children, but to their families and out local and wider communities.

We’re also aiming to attract more wildlife around the school and promote community engagement. I’d thoroughly recommend to any schools wanting to become more sustainable to find out more about the Green Schools Revolution and be part of it.’

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“I get a real buzz out of making a difference. It makes me feel proud to be part of Green Schools Revolution.”

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In the past year, more than 500 primary schools have put on their wellie boots and experienced for themselves how food is grown on a Co-operative Farm.

One of those schools was Glebelands Primary School in Leicester, who visited Oadby Lodge Farm in May 2011. Joanne Watts, Year 3 Class teacher shares some of the highlights of their day:

“We were divided into two groups that swapped around after lunch; one group made healthy pizzas and the other learned in more detail about the crops grown on Co-operative Farms. The children learnt about the machinery used and other aspects of farm life, including hedgerows, the composting toilet and beehives.

The trip is a hands on experience that children need, a classroom can only provide so much information, seeing it all in action makes the learning make sense, it is a visual and kinesthetic rich learning experience.

When handling parts of the beehive, the children were amazed to see how it looked and felt and that the honey they eat is made like this.

The children were thrilled to take home their delicious pizzas, seed pot and cooking book. Coming home on the bus the children were chatting away about their exciting day, and some of the comments I heard included "that was a fantastic trip, I want to go again!", "the combine harvester was my favourite" and "I never knew a farm could be fun"

 

“I never knew a farm could be Fun!" Our big day out on a Co-operative Farm.”

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Park View Community School in Manchester has three walking buses, covering three different routes.

Dawn Senior, who is the school’s Attendance Officer was impressed with the results! “The walking bus was first initiated to improve attendance and punctuality, and it proved to be a great success! It also helped some of our pupils improve their ability to learn. The children enjoy walking together, they can help each other and mix with different age groups. The buses begin at 8am, picking up children along the routes and arriving at school in time for our breakfast club. The walking buses provide a healthy way of getting to school, and together with a nutritious breakfast, they give children a great start to the day and ensure they are ready to learn.

“The walking bus was first initiated to improve attendance and punctuality, and it proved to be a great success!”

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