At Kings Road, we are committed to being as environmentally responsible as possible and we educate and involve the children in all aspects of our 'eco' efforts. We were delighted to achieve our Silver and Bronze awards from Eco Schools NI in 2019 and we are working hard towards Green Flag status.
Outdoor learning plays a hugely important role in our Nursery Curriculum, and we take great care to develop and protect our Nursery garden as well as the wildlife that live there. Our Eco School work ties in brilliantly with the Forest School sessions we run each week, and we find these sessions really 'bring to life' the importance of the Eco School principles.
Every child is a member of our 'Eco Committee' and we aim to involve Parents/Carers as much as possible too. The staff lead regular 'eco meetings with the children and from these meetings, we decides on our action plan for the year ahead. The children also help to determine an Eco-Code for our school.
We also have two weekly 'Nature Helpers' per class, who carry out out helpful jobs in nursery to promote recycling and looking after our outdoor environment. The Nature Helpers will get to wear a special badge for the week…and are always very proud of this important responsibility!
Finally, we work closely with outside agencies to enhance our Eco School message. Belfast City Council pay regular visits, and talk to the children about keeping our community tidy and litter free. We have also enjoyed visits from NI Water, who gave the children a simple interactive talk on water efficiency. Our textile recycling bin has been a huge success, thanks to Cookstown Textile Recyclers. These collaborations have been a huge success with enhancing and developing the children's understanding of what it is to be an 'Eco School'.