12 November 2021
To coincide with COP26 in Glasgow, girls from Reception to Year 6 at Stormont School, were encouraged to take part in a badge making competition. The badges had to promote eco-friendly actions that could be worn in school throughout the week of the COP26 conference. Messages such as ‘Walk More’ or ‘Grow Your Own’ were given as examples but it really was up to the individual to choose the message they wanted to promote. The response was amazing and some really important messages were conveyed from the every young who have just started at the school in Reception to those in Year 6.
After considering how eco-friendly the badges themselves were, the Year 6 Eco-Reps selected the winning badges from many fantastic entries. Only a small amount of sticky-tape or a safety pin could be used, otherwise everything had to be recyclable or come from something already used. Care had to be given to the construction and the message had to be strong.
Stormont’s School Council have meetings regularly and sustainability is always a subject on the agenda led by the Eco-Reps. In addition, the subject of global warming and environmentally friendly living is covered in many of the lessons on the school’s timetable.
The Year 4 teacher, Ms Sarah Cunningham, led the project and was not surprised by the response. She said “It was hard to choose the winners as the standard was so high. It came down to deciding who had created the most eco-friendly badge and really understood the sentiment behind the project.”
One of the Eco-Reps, Ellie O, Year 6, said “I really enjoyed looking at all the entries and choosing the winners. Girls at my school really care about the environment.”
Irena T, Year 5, and Eliza A, Year 2, were the winners. Irena’s message was about planting wild flowers to support the bee population and Eliza’s message was encouraging people to plant trees