At Orangefield PS, we are very proud of our “green” status. We have been awarded five Green Flags (an internationally recognised standard) and are working towards our sixth flag. The pupils take the lead in our Eco work. The children in each P4-P7 class vote for two Eco Reps to work on their behalf on the sixteen-strong Eco Committee. Pupils and staff work together to make OPS a greener school and to educate both school and community on green issues.
In our current action plan, we have targeted the areas of Transport, Waste and School Grounds. Recent projects include a Wheelie Bin Challenge, Walk to School Week and continued improvements to our school grounds. P4 children worked with Groundwork NI to install improved veg beds. The pupils enjoyed constructing the wooden beds, planting the fruit and veg and harvesting the produce!
On-going work in our school includes litter-picking, recycling paper, plastics, printer cartridges, batteries, phones and textiles. Alongside this excellent work, pupils learn about green issues in class, participating in lessons and projects relating to a range of environmental topics.
Our School Council merged with the Eco Council at the beginning of September 2017. The teachers that help the 16-strong committee are: Mrs Sweetlove, Ms Greenwood, Miss Bloomer, Mr Bell and Mrs Morrison. We are currently developing plans for improving the playground facilities as well as working on the Eco topics of Waste, School Grounds and Transport.
P4 Rm 8 Poppy Johnston & Gracie Ashbridge
P4 Rm 9 Matthew Lyons & Lexie Duckett
P5 Rm 10 Molly Malcolm, David McKnight & Oscar Davidson
P5 Rm 11 Rhys Hargie & Bella Cully
P6 Rm 4 Daniel Henry & Joanna Hunt
P6 Rm 5 Freddie Swan & John Craig
P7 Rm 6 Anael Lomba & Grace Anderson
P7 Rm 7 Katie Graham & Isaac Hargie