Access Keys:

St John the Baptist Primary School, Belfast

Eco Schools


Eco Schools Award

Green Flag Award - We did it!

Today was another great day for SJB, we had our Eco school assessment for the top level Green Flag Award. The Green Flag is the 'Gold' standard for environmentally friendly schools and recognises all the effort on the part of the Eco Committee and the school community over the last  two years.

Bronze and Silver Award

The school has registered to become an Eco School.We have successfully attained the Bronze Award and are in pursuit of the Silver Award. We have established an Eco Committee and have pupils, teachers and parents involved. We also have received assistance from Belfast City Council, Integrated Services, SLIG and Amanda Bonner a community worker from Asda.After carrying out an Environmental Review in the school we focused on three themes:Healthy Living, Water and Waste.

Healthy Living:

We introduced healthy breaks for the school in March 2011 and within the month there was a dramatic improvement with 98% of the children making healthy break choices.


The waste in the Canteen and lunch hall was another area of concern, not only was there paper and packaging waste but the amount of food waste was alarming. We organised a group of Eco Warriors to weigh the amount of waste and they found there was on average 22kg of waste per day.We trialed a Waste Free Lunch during eco week and found the reduction of waste significant. The Eco committee worked on an Eco Code for the school to raise awareness of our campaign to develop

a Hate Waste!

Education Minister John O'Dowd and Belfast Mayor visit SJB to launch Eco week and promote healthy living.


Eco Code

We have been working very hard to develop our Eco code. Every class was involved and we put all their ideas together and here is the result. The Eco Code is displayed around the school to remind us of our commitment to care for the environment and we can all do something to help.