Amanda Mee, Dunbeath Primary School: “We have taken part in several previous campaigns, and it has always proved popular with our pupils. They have found it interesting and motivating to find out how much energy is being used or saved.
“We are also now working towards our Green Flag Award and our ECO committee thought this would be of great benefit to our work towards our Green Flag, as it supported us towards our bronze and silver awards previously. We hope to raise awareness among those within school and at home about climate energy.”
Anne Connolly, St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls: “We want to raise pupils’ awareness of the need to care for their environment, as we explore this topic as part of their KS3 Religious education course. We want to show that care for the environment is an international priority and hope to encourage pupils to suggest and complete simple acts to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Jacqueline McGuire, Calderwood Primary School: “Our class is the school Eco Leadership Group, responsible for promoting the reduction of waste and aiming to make the school and home environment more sustainable. They are currently studying Climate Change and COP26, so it’s particularly relevant for them this year, as they can see all the COP26 preparations happening around Glasgow.
“By joining Switch Off Fortnight again this year, they hope to make a difference in the amount of energy that we consume, which in return should reduce our carbon imprint and emissions.”
Carmel Keigher, Downderry Primary School: “Our motivation for taking part in Switch Off Fortnight is because we are a school that is committed to the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption) and SDG13 (Climate Action).
“Our School Development Plan for this year prioritises the promotion of our pupil’s personal development through our Global Citizenship objectives and the establishment of the Downderry Goodwill Ambassadors, including the Climate Changemakers; a group of children from KS1 and KS2 who will be managing Switch Off Fortnight at Downderry. Our children will be learning about the COP26 Milan summit, which will inspire them to make a difference during this year’s campaign.”