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🌍🌳💧Eco-Schools Programme👫🔋🐞


Most young people care deeply about environmental issues and wish to make a positive change in the environment around them. The Eco-Schools Programme provides an ideal way for fostering environmental awareness in the entire school in a way that links to many curriculum subjects. The primary aim regarding the Eco-Schools scheme is to combine learning and action for the improvement of the environmental performance of Eco-Schools.


We began our Eco-Schools journey in 2009 and we have been awarded five Green Flags (The highest award). We have made many improvements in our school since 2009 in terms of Energy, Waste, Water, Litter, Transport, Healthy Living, School Grounds, Biodiversity, Global Perspective and Climate Change. The Eco-Members continue to ensure everyone takes an active role in reducing the environmental impact of our school.

Year 5 Litter Pick

The children from Year 5 like to keep the school grounds tidy.

Article 29: Children’s education should build respect for their environment.

Cash for Clobber!

Thank you to everyone who helped to collect over 700kg of recyclable material!

🚶🏼‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️Sustrans Active Travel to School Week🚴🏻‍♂️

📚Eco-Schools Book Sale🌍

Thank you to everyone who sent in books, bought books and those that did both! We raised £210!

📚Second-hand Book Fair.🌎

The Eco-Schools Committee are busy preparing for the Second-hand Book Fair. Please bring in all your books before Wednesday 12th February. We hope to hold the Book Fair the next day. Reduce REUSE Recyle! 

Year 6&7 were intrigued by our visiting engineer. Steven Burke. Steven works on the construction of 'Hornsey One' offshore windfarm.

🌍Eco-Code Competition🌿

We held a competition for a new Eco-Code for our school. The Eco-committe  looked at the entries and chose the winner! This new Eco-code will be displayed all around our school to remind us of all the things we do to work towards a better world. 

🚴🏼Sustrans Bronze Award🚶🏼‍♀️

Our Sustrans Officer, Johnny, arrived at school on Friday morning with some great news. We have received our Sustrans Bronze Award! Johnny was very impressed with the number of Active Travels completed during our Superhero challenge - 1988 in total! He presented us with a new bike rack for our school and we hope to see as many children as possible continuing travelling actively to and from school. 

🚴🏼Sustrans Superhero Active Travel Challenge🚶🏼‍♀️🚶🏻

Well done to everyone who completed 10 "active travels" to and from school. We hope you enjoyed the exercise! We noticed that there was much less congestion outside the school! It would be great to see as many as possible keep up with the active travels for the benefit of our health and to improve road safety around the school. 


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent Cash for Clobber collection. 

🌍Eco Assembly👫

The Eco-Team held their first school Assembly. They reminded everyone of the work we do as part of our Eco-Schools Programme. They also told the children about the Superhero Active Travel Challenge. Everyone was really excited and keen to get started! 

Eco-Schools Committee 2019/20

Article 15 - Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations. 

Back to work!

We are back to school and Year 6 had the job of harvesting the rest of the vegetables from the beds.

SUSTRANS: National Standards Level 1&2 Cycle Training Programme


Pupils from Year 6 who successfully completed levels 1&2 of their Cycling Training with SUSTRANS. The pupils enjoyed their 3 day training programme and are officially ready for the roads of Kilrea.

🌍Environmental Day 2019☀️

We recognised Environmental Day with a whole school assembly presented by the Eco-Group. The focus this year is on "Air Pollution." Through the assembly and various lessons, each class learned about the causes of air pollution and how we could reduce it. 


Article 24 - Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide a clean environment so that children can stay healthy.

Walk to School Week

👫Thank you to everyone who walked to school each morning. Try to keep it up for the rest of term.☀️

Article 24 - Every child has the right to the best possible health.


Spring planting has been very successful and we have a lot of work to do to ensure a good crop!

🐝School Grounds🌸

One of the areas we were working on this year was 'School Grounds". We wanted to improve our outdoor woodland area to further enhance the learning opportunities that all the children would have. After a lot of planning and hard work from the staff and parents, a super new outdoor area emerged! 

Article 31 - Every child has the right to relax and play.

Year 2 exploring the Woodland Area!

Article 29 - Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child's respect for the environment.

Cash For Clobber

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent

"Cash for Clobber" collection!

Fair Trade Fortnight

As part of Fair Trade fortnight, each class took part in activities to highlight the importance of paying a fair price for our imported goods.

Article 24 - Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

A big thank you to the Sustrans Programme for providing every child with their own Reflective Vest! They will be extremely effective when travelling to school on these winter mornings. 

🎄Christmas Decorations⛄️

The children really did 'Reduce, Reuse and Recycle' when they created these super decorations! 

🌿Year 7 enjoying the Woodland Area🐦

🌳Have a look at our revamped Woodland Area🐌

Year 5/6 Get Stuck In The Mud!

Article 29 - Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child's respect for the environment.

Litter Pick

Year 1 carried out a community litter pick with their friends from Kilrea Primary School.

Cash for Clobber

Thank you to everyone who donated to our recent collection.

Ditch the Dark Day!

On Friday 12th October everyone was invited to actively walk to school in their

brightest clothing. This special occasion was to raise awareness of safe travel to

school during the darker days. Everyone went to great effort and looked very

bright on their journey to school.

Sustrans Active Travel Programme

Year 6 and 7 received a lesson from Johnny highlighting the positives of sustainable transport.

Sustrans Active Travel Programme

On Friday morning we all met Johnny who is our new Active Travel Officer.

He told us a little bit about his job and the Sustrans Programme.

We were excited to hear about all the things we are going to be doing over the

next three years. 

Eco -committee 2018/2019

This committee is made up of representatives from Year 1 to Year 7.

Walk to School Week

Well done to everyone who participated in our annual

Walk to School Week! We were very lucky to have

such good weather. We hope to see as many as

possible continuing this healthy activity in the

third term when the weather is good.

Fitness Freddy

We all had a great day with Fitness Freddy.

He told us the importance of keeping active

and drinking water. We had lots of fun

exercising to music.


Stay Active Assembly

Year 3 performed a terrific assembly on the importance

of being active and staying healthy. We all picked up

some great tips on exercise.

Cash for Clobber 

Thank you for contributing to our latest collection!

♻️All Things Litter🗑

Year 4/5 performed an Assembly telling us all about the importance of keeping our community tidy and recycling as much of our rubbish as we can. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

💦Year 3/4 Water Assembly🌍

Mrs McAlary's class performed a great Assembly following the visit of the Water Bus. They told us about the importance of water and the detrimental effects of a lack of water in third world countries. 

💦St. Columba's Welcomes The Water Bus!🌎

NI Water

A big thank you to NI Water for their kind donation of a water butt. We very quickly put it to good use in our woodland area. Another great way of saving water!💦

🌍Eco After School Club🌳

The Eco-Club did a great job collecting rubbish and

pulling weeds in our school grounds.👏

Today we cleaned out the polytunnel and it is ready for Spring planting!🌱🌻

🍊🍫Fairtrade Fortnight🍌☕️

Fairtrade Fortnight is a very important time at St.Columba's

as each class learns about the importance of being aware 

of Fairtrade products and why we should buy them if we can.

🌎Fourth Green Flag Achieved👏

At the beginning of February we received a letter to

say our fourth Green Flag had been awarded! We are

very proud that our hard work has once again

been recognised. Well done everyone! 👫

🍊🍉Cancer Focus Visit🚴🏻‍♀️⛹🏻

Emily from Cancer Focus spoke with each class and encouraged us to try to eat a more healthy diet and to take regular exercise.