Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.
Eco-Schools is operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) whose main partners include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
An Active School is a school that strives to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The Success Criteria will guide schools in terms of the ASF requirements and the Sample Improvements will show schools what others have done to achieve the flag.
Digital Schools of Distinction
The Digital Schools of Distinction Award recognises excellence in integrating ICT into learning and teaching. This award – open only to primary schools at present – aims to build on progress, and to encourage improvement.
Schools holding an award from the predecessor initiative, Digital Schools Awards, are encouraged to apply for the Digital Schools of Distinction Award to celebrate their progress.
SSE provides opportunities to schools to examine their own practice within their own context and to report on their strengths and areas for improvement to their own school community. It brings benefits to teachers as they share experiences and ideas and helps them to become even more effective in their classrooms. It brings benefits to pupils as they have a say in what works for them and what helps them to learn. It brings benefits to the school as all teachers focus on the same small number of strategies for improvement.
The 2018/19 school year is the second year Herbertstown NS have participated in the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) initiative. This initiative is based around identifying key areas of health which needed improving within the school community. The HPS team continue to work extremely hard and hope to gain a flag this year. The HPS team will continue to encourage and promote being healthy in Herbertstown NS.
The aims of a Health Promoting School include:
• Promoting the health and well-being of pupils • Enhancing the learning outcomes of pupils • Upholding social justice and equity • Providing a safe and supportive environment • Involving pupil participation and empowerment • Linking health and education issues and systems • Addressing the health and well-being issues of school staff • Collaborating with parents/guardians and the wider community • Integrating health into the schools’ ongoing activities, curriculum and assessment standards • Setting realistic goals built on accurate data and sound evidence • Seeking continuous improvement through ongoing monitoring and evaluation
The benefits of a HPS are :
• Better learning results for pupils • More done to promote staff health • A co-ordinated approach to social, physical and environmental needs • Increased pupil self-esteem • Lowered incidence of bullying • School environment is safer and more secure • Better understanding of schools’ health aims • Improved relationships within the school • More involvement of parents/guardians • Better use of outside agencies • Pupils receive better quality educationView details