British independent school in Haileybury Astana

Eco - Schools - The programme explained

‘Eco-Schools’ is a Global programme, for environmental education, providing certification at an International level.

It is the biggest schools programme in the world, connecting 67 countries, 51 000 schools worldwide and the network grows daily.

‘Eco-Schools’ began 20 years ago.

It began in England, set up by the environmental charity; ‘Keeping Britain Tidy’.

Then, in 1992, in response to the needs highlighted in a UN Conference, that focused on Environment and Development, Eco-Schools International was formed by the FEE.

Eco-schools is student-led.

The Programme is real-world learning. It is designed to empower students, the school and wider community, with environmental education, by focusing on set themes.

Its aim is to improve awareness of our global environment, improve the schools carbon footprint and to provide financial saving for the school.

Schools follow a simple seven-step process, that forms the criteria for the Green – flag award.

There are three awards that are attainable, Bronze, Silver and the Green-flag award.

The Bronze and Silver awards are recognition of the steps towards the Green-flag status.

British independent school in Haileybury Astana
Amy Rowe, Eco-Schools Coordinator

Amy Rowe

Eco-Schools Coordinator
My passion for the environment stems from the enjoyment I take from spending time with my family outdoors in clean parks, by the sea on beautiful beaches and on treks through the Lakes breathing fresh clean air. The aforementioned is a privilege that we often take for granted; however, it is not a privilege afforded to everyone, and I know this to be true having previously lived in one of the most polluted cities in the world.

The importance of protecting the environment is vital to the quality of our future, and we all have a shared responsibility to ensure that the future is bright for all. We can all make a difference daily, maybe without even realising. Turning the tap off when we brush our teeth saves water, using bins effectively by separating our rubbish and not littering can literally save lives. Small changes like these can save the lives of our marine life, nature and ultimately, us.

At Haileybury, I believe that by giving our pupils the opportunity to be involved with this programme, we are encouraging our pupils to recognise their responsibilities and allowing them to function as global citizens. My initial aims are to change attitudes and to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our environment within our school community. My long-term goals are to achieve Green-flag status by June 2019 and to take our ideas beyond our school walls, to educate our wider community, and for the Haileybury community to be recognised for its commitment to the environment.
Kate Silvanus, Eco-Schools Program Deputy

Kate Silvanus

Eco-Schools Program Deputy
I am very proud to be part of the Primary Eco Team and the positive changes that are taking place at Haileybury Astana. It has been so fantastic to see the children embrace eco issues and become more conscious of environmental matters, such as conserving energy and thinking about waste in school. Changing mind-sets has been key this year and hopefully we have helped children, and adults, see that one small change can make a difference. I am now looking forward to helping implement future eco plans in school. I am also very excited to see our hard work pay off and the Green Flag flying outside!

Eco Code

Every Eco-School has to have an ‘Eco-Code’. It is the Eco-Committee’s mission statement. Their commitment to improving the schools environmental performance.

We had a whole-school competition for our ‘Eco-Code’.

There were two winners; Valerie Post - 5KS and Amir Imamutdinov 6KA - Congratulations!

The winning aspect from Valerie’s design was her slogan: Save the world, it will save you back

Valerie’s slogan has been incorporated into our Eco-Schools logo.

Amir’s design was an Acrostic, using the letters of Haileybury, which outlines our chosen theme and focus perfectly.

British independent school in Haileybury Astana
British independent school in Haileybury Astana
British independent school in Haileybury Astana

Competition winners

  1. Eco-Warriors Certificate: Zere Zaiten in 6GC

  2. Monitor Screens: Nursulu Batpenova 2SM

  3. Last out, Lights out: Claudio Cerone 3ELR and Nazar-Ali Nurbaturov 4JG

  4. Eco-Code: Valerie Post 5KS and Amir Imamutdinov 6KA

Eco Song

British independent school in Haileybury Astana
British independent school in Haileybury Astana
British independent school in Haileybury Astana
British independent school in Haileybury Astana

Goals achieved

1.  Raising awareness

2. Recycling boxes – collection point

3. Eco School Quiz

4. ‘Last Out Lights out’ – KS2

5. ‘Monitor screens’ – KS1

6. Eco Warriors – Junior School

7. Review of Kitchen waste

8. Eco cars – Café

9. Monthly readings – Electric, paper usage

10. Haileybury Eco Day

Future plans

  1. Participating in CNN’s - Zero plastic lunch - focus on World Oceans Day - 8th June 2018

  2. Supporting World Environment Day, and the chosen theme ‘Beat Plastic pollution’ - through our Haileybury Day - 9th June 2018

  3. Haileybury Day 2018 - This year will include an ‘Eco Hub’, where primary school Pupils will be selling homemade products, from plastic waste and the Secondary school will be hosting a ‘Trash Fashion show’. Some of the money raised will also be used to support the fantastic work of 4Ocean.

  4. Researching renewable energy, to implement within our school grounds

  5. Researching into ways to save water

  6. Participation in ‘The Plastic Bag Challenge’ - Initiated by BREEF - Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation

  7. Long life bags to sell within our school community and hopefully in addition, the wider school community.

  8. Flasks, to sell within our school community and as gifts to new staff

  9. Abolishing/reducing the use of laminating in school

Future Calendar days

18th March - Global Recycling Day

22nd March- World Water Day

22nd April - Earth Day

5th June - World Environment Day

8th June - World Oceans Day


08.06.2018 - Happy ‘World Oceans Day’

‘World Oceans Day’ is all about highlighting the global issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.
Haileybury Astana Eco Team made a short video for CNN, to highlight our efforts as a school to say ‘no’ to single-use plastic.

Senior Eco-Schools team news

The Eco-schools team is currently in the process of planning different projects to improve the schools eco friendliness. The biodiversity group is currently working on creating a playground for the junior school, made out of recycled materials. The water group are waiting for the snow to cover the ground to then collect it and use it to water the plants for the “greenhouse”. The waste group are planning and designing a waste competition, where people will have to keep track and take pictures of themselves sorting out the garbage.

Junior Eco-Schools team news

Pupils were asked to create a poster to raise awareness of saving water when using the tap and to limit the use of paper towels. The team were very proud of seeing how our Pupils are becoming more eco conscious and concerned about the environmental factors affecting them. This was evident by the sheer volume of entries also.

Congratulations to the winning ‘save water’ designs: Claudio in 4SM and Tomiris and Milana in 6JG.  Also to RDH for their ‘reduce paper towels’ poster.

The winning entries will soon be displayed in all bathrooms around school.

The Junior Eco team have been encouraging our junior children to persuade their parents to stop buying the plastic Haileybury bags and instead, buy a reusable Haileybury bag.

We are challenging the children to take their bag on holiday with them next week and then take a photograph of themselves using the reusable bag. Photographs of the bag on the beach, on the aeroplane and being used in a supermarket are all encouraged!

British independent school in Haileybury Astana


Key Stage 1 House Assembly

Open Mornings at Haileybury Astana

Year 2 Visit to the Pyramid Park

Haileybury Astana and Haileybury Almaty are committed to the welfare and Safeguarding of young people. As part of our recruitment processes we require all applicants to undergo police checks and U.K. DBS checks and we operate clear safeguarding protocols.

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