Röstånga, Sweden- Spring 2009 

Newsletter Röstånga, Sweden- Spring 2009 This Comenius project is heading for an end, but our work for a greater awareness of the Earth and the environment will surely continue. Due to this project and the work the children have been doing these last years, we are happy to see a much higher knowledge and awareness for environmental issues among many of the children. During the last six months the children have been working with for example following things: 

  • Water- and electricity readings and measuring the paper waste at school and kindergarten during three different occasions. Then they have been comparing these readings to see if there has been any improvement in their own country during the time, and if there is any difference between the three different countries.
  • Measuring the food waste in the school cantina to increase the awareness of how much food is actually wasted. * Making lists of how we all can reduce water-, electricity- and paper usage. 
  • Gathering garbage and creating “Recycled Art” from these items.
  •  Making bird-feeding stations during the winter to improve the empathy with the animals.
  •  Visiting a local plastic recycling factory to learn what happens with recycled plastic. 
  • Cleaning the schoolyard and then making an exhibition of what was collected. 
  • Learning about weather- and climate changings during the past and the present, and also making their own measurements of temperature, wind and rainfalls.

 Guimarães, EB2/3 de Briteiros, Portugal,  March 2009

During this school year that started in September, many things have been done and accomplished. We have continued to value and promote in our school the respect towards the preservation of the environment. At the moment we are glad to say that in many of our children there is an environmental awareness and they know exactly what they should do to improve the environment in their homes and at school. But this work must continue… There are many actions which started last school year but still continue to be done by our children, like: 
• the campaigns to collect vegetal/kitchen oil; batteries and plastic bottle tops to be recycled; 
• monitoring energy-use and water-use in the school and produce some comparing graphics; 
• building toys using recycled and reused materials; 
• preserving the playground area in order to keep it clean; However, many new activities have been taken by our children to accomplish this ambitious goal, such as the following:
• Collecting used paper to be recycled;
• Creating texts and a puppets theatre related to the 4 R’s politics; 
• Starting an aromatic garden in the schoolyard; 
• Painting and decorating a schoolyard wall with this topic 
• Designing and displaying posters about the benefits of saving water. 
• Collecting campaign of electric materials and appliances. We hope this will help make our children better citizens that contribute actively to the preservation not only of the place were they live, but also the nature in general. We consider extremely important to guide them through the right choices. 

Cliff Lane Primary School, Ipswich, UK.
Summary of work done toward Eco-Schools project during 2008


During 2008, we have qualified for a Silver Eco-Schools Award and our next target is the Green Flag.
Our main efforts have been in recycling. We have reduced our rubbish going to landfill by 66% and the overall total amount of rubbish is falling. This has been monitored over two years by our Y6 children. We also recycle paper and textiles and have paper and textile banks installed in front of school for the whole community to use. Mobile phones, ink cartridges and stamps can also be recycled through the office. The stamps are used by the RSPB to raise funds and awareness of the threats to albatrosses caused by commercial fishing – a good insight into global issues for our children. Our school was chosen as “The Greenest School in Suffolk” for recycling – a great honour.
We have also worked hard to develop a school travel plan this year and hope to develop ideas encouraging the use of more sustainable transport including “Walk to School Week” and year 6 children cycling to school. This will be a good opportunity for the children to learn about their carbon footprint.

These activities also support our plans to improve the healthy living aspects of school life such as improving diet and encouraging more exercise. We held a really successful dance day and a healthy eating week earlier this year. At break, only fruit is now allowed as a snack. Healthy food is encouraged in packed lunches. On our residential week for year 5, a long walk is always included to help children realise their capabilities and understand the enjoyment of a physical challenge amongst attractive scenery.



Midgård, Röstånga
Sweden                                  June 2008


During this term we have learnt about the needs of people, animals and plants. Clean water and fresh air for example. We have done some growing experiments and during your visit we planted some trees just to remind the children of how important the trees are for the air we inhale.

In order to save as many trees as possible we continue to recycle papers and newspapers. We have also found out how many kilos of papers a household gets in the mailbox every month (almost 2.5 kilo).

After that we maid signs to put on the mailboxes saying no thanks to advertising brochures.

To show the children the greatness of our nature, many classes have been on camps this month. They have been walking, swimming, biking, paddling and they have even slept and cooked their meals outdoors. Hope this will make them healthy and strong and encourage them to walk and cycle rather than go by car or bus.

We have been talking about our carbon footprint and how we use our natural assets.

Some classes have been visiting a plastic recycling factory nearby, others have learnt about energy and sewage treatment works.

As you know, we have also been learning about Fair trade.

Bye from 
Sweden for this time


 Guimarães, EB2/3 de Briteiros, Portugal

The development of our Action Plan for Environment Education has been underway since January 2008. The main objective of the Plan is to develop in our students the necessary skills and values that promote the correct behaviour in support of a better environment. 

So, until now a series of actions and activities have been taken by our students to accomplish this ambitious target, and we can point out the following:

·       Making campaigns to collect vegetal/kitchen oil; batteries and plastic bottle tops to be recycled;

·       Monitoring energy-use and  water-use in the school and produce some comparing graphics;

·       Building a solar oven and also a water heating panel;

·       Building toys using recycled and reused materials;

·       Building two food circles  to put in the school canteen and bar;

·       Putting Geology in action by using the 4 R’s politics;

·       Planting trees in the primary schools and aromatic plants in the schoolyard;

·       Preserving the playground area clean; 

·       Creating a compost  area with red Californian worms to use in the school gardens;

·       Creating a biologic greenhouse and some self-sustaining Ecosystems (…)

Besides all this, students have answered an inquiry to test their knowledge about the topic; they have participated in an Environment  Poster Contest ; they have also written some  letters for official institutions, asking their support for the project; have represented the project in a  Fair of “Health, Environment and Welfare” ( I School International Congress ) that took place on 9th and 10th May in Braga and they also participated in the school Thematic Day on the 29th, 30th May.

As school teachers we know that it is very important to expose young children to the beauties and the wonders of our nature. 

But as they grow older, it is very important they begin to understand how human beings and human societies interact with their environment for their survival and their growth, how these human interactions become a part of a society's culture, and why it is important to rationalize our relationship with our environment. With this project a door has been open in this direction.

June 2008