Highlights of Firgrove's Eco Audit Report
Certification Level: Platinum
We were impressed by:
1) The auditor noted that both staff and students demonstrated a shared enthusiasm for environmental stewardship which is consistently promoted throughout the school. The strong and effective communication among all staff has been a factor that has enabled the school to work together to support eco initiatives. As a result, the Eco-team was able to present key issues in meetings with staff and parents, and collaboratively design practical strategies to help combat them. Furthermore, the teachers embrace the possibility in bringing about positive change which has empowered the students to share in their passion in making the world a better place.
2) Partnering with the Jane and Finch community to plan park improvements, give students the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Through this project, students combined their talents through identifying the best solutions to expand the use of their local park and exercise their creativity by designing a detailed model of their ideas. It also taught them problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills. Through this initiative, students have demonstrated that they possess the dedication and empathy necessary to work together to achieve meaningful goals.
3) It is evident that the teachers in the school are all united in their cause of promoting eco-awareness which has resulted in a great passion and enthusiasm among the students in learning and participating in all the eco-activities. Additionally, it is amazing that the eco-literacy being taught covered all areas in (Above, In, and For). This is essential in underlining the importance of environmental stewardship as it allows students to identify the implemented concepts from different angles. The hands-on experience such as planting, to educational field trips, have given the students the opportunity to realize the ways in which their actions directly impact the environment.