Environmental Education at Stringer
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Dorothy Stringer has been an Eco School since the late 1990's and held Green Flag status since 2000. The school has been involved in a number of schemes which have helped the local and school environments as well as having an impact in the classroom.
The Eco Schools process is holistic. It works by involving the whole school (students, teachers, non-teaching staff and governors) together with members of the local community (parents, the local authority, the media and local businesses). It encourages teamwork and helps to create a shared understanding of what it takes to run a school in a way that respects and enhances the environment.
Eco Schools is much more than an environmental management system for schools. It is a programme for promoting environmental awareness in a way that links to many curriculum subjects, including citizenship, personal, social and health education (PSHE) and education for sustainable development.
Every 2 years the eco-committee consult the wider school community on what should be included in the Eco-code. Once the new code is agree there is a competition to design the best poster for the code. This has led to some great designs and difficult judging sessions. Our present code poster was designed by Camilla Hein. Both students and staff liked the symbolism of the plant breaking through the tarmac and how Camilla linked this with a great title. We hope this eye-catching poster encourages pupils to think about what is written and follow the code.
Dorothy Stringer Environmental Partnership
The DSEP all began when a small group of us got together to conserve the woodland on our campus and because we started talking to a range of interested parties beyond the school community, we decided to call ourselves the Dorothy Stringer Woodland Partnership. However, it soon became clear that the areas of our interest were expanding and so the school and broader community formed the Dorothy Stringer Environmental Partnership (DSEP).
The DSEP acts as an umbrella organization that represents and coordinates the activities of the Eco-School Committee (ESC) and the Environment and Ecology Club (EEC) and it deals with local and national organizations (e.g. the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Friends of Hollingbury and Bursted Woods, Natural England, Brighton and Hove City Council, Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere & Big Nature.)
The ESC is composed of students, teachers, governors and members of the local community and is primarily responsible for the discussion and decision making process concerning the schools different environmental projects.
The EEC encourages enthusiasm and an interest in Natural History, Ecological and Environmental issues amongst the students. It is through this group that the majority of practical work is done, e.g. fund raising, recycling, woodland management and research activities.