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School holds Eco Day 17 June 2008

SHOULD the Isle of Man have a motorway? This is among questions on the environment that students from a secondary school will be considering at an Eco Day next Thursday (26 June).

St Ninian’s Lower School in Douglas is halting normal lessons for 12 and 13-year-olds for the day to study issues related to the planet.

Local Government and the Environment Minister John Shimmin MHK will begin the day’s activities by leading an assembly. Headteacher George Quayle will then speak to students about the importance of environmental awareness and show some documentary clips to reinforce the message.

During the course of the day, all Year 8 students will attend three of the following four workshops:

Eco housing: Architects will help students to learn about ecologically sound house design and different sources of power
A mock environmental survey: Students will look at the environmental pros and cons of the Isle of Man having a motorway
Fairtrade and Third World development: Students will examine how St Ninian’s can work towards becoming a Fairtrade school and the impact simple policies like recycling mobile phones can make on Third World countries
Manx Wildlife Trust: Students will look at the effects on wildlife and marine life of carelessly disposing of litter. This will include a trip to the beach.

Head of Year 8 Debbie Cormode said:

‘We have decided to focus on ecological issues as this year we set up an Eco Club at Lower School and we are aiming towards achieving a bronze Eco Award from the UK Eco Schools’ organisation. We are hoping that we may be able to present this during the day. We hope to give all students an overview of environmental issues and their importance.’

Miss Cormode added:

‘It is hoped that the students will take away a wider understanding of environmental issues and become keen to get involved in recycling and eco initiatives.’

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