Cockburn recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment. Action on all parts of this policy is the responsibility of all staff and students.
In 2009, to launch our new pledge to being Eco Friendly, we had a week long focus on creating an Eco-Pledge to becoming a greener community
Runners up at the 2009 Leeds City Council COMMUNITY AND CITY PRIDE AWARDS
Before launching the idea of an eco based theme week to staff and pupils, we put together a pack of web based resources and signed up to some key organizations such as Eco Schools (to whom we have submitted an application for Silver award) and Green Britain Day. The Senior Leadership Team backed the project straight away and the final week of the summer term would then be known as Eco-Week.
The planning of Eco-Week began in earnest in April 2009 on the following levels:
As the weeks went by, we secured the booking of 5 professional artists (from a field of over 30 who applied) who would work with the majority of pupils at points during the week – these included Storytelling, Scrap Drumming, Recycled Carnival costumes, Eco-Robots, Recycled bead animals and more…
On the first morning, all staff and pupils made eco-pledges and these were logged by the ICT department onto a database. During the week, pupils were consulted about their views and opinions on where the school should look to improve as an Eco-School and on the final afternoon, after a fantastic performance by Yr10 students, the Headteacher, David Gurney, shared the school’s Eco-Pledge with everyone and promised to continue to strive to become a greener school. These pledges broke down into 3 main categories of Transport, Recycling and Energy Conservation.
November 2009 saw the next stage of our eco journey as we again teamed up with Eco Schools and The Pod for Switch Off Fortnight where pupils were allowed to explore the Interactive Eco-Week Resource. Previous theme weeks had included a newsletter that documented the week but this year we wanted to conserve paper and printing so the creation of an ICT based newsletter allowed exciting opportunities to revisit the events in a modern interactive way. This resource gives information, videos, photos, evaluation and weblinks.