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Hafida Becker

QSI International School of Malta is awarded the Green Eco-Schools flag! Congratulations Falcons.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in past efforts to make our school a Green Flag school.

A teacher and four 11 YO students - represented QSI International School of Malta at the Green Flag award ceremony. We were one of five schools to receive this national award! The audience, including the President of Malta, heard our student's fabulous speech. Our school was awarded a certificate and a giant Eco-Schools flag.

https://www.facebook.com/PresidentofMalta/posts/3791617204292624.

How does a School become an Eco-School?

Selection of Committee Members: At the beginning of November for the 2019-2020 school year the selective teachers, students, and administrators were recognized as the members for the 2019-2020 Eco school Action Plan Committee.

Environmental Group Mission Statement: Our mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment. All Roots & Shoots members, from pre-school to secondary, demonstrate their care and concern for living things through service projects in their communities and on a global level.

Area of Focus: Schoolwide Composting. 

The environmental committee met regularly to discuss and successfully implement the action plan.  Below is a summary of meetings and activities for the 2019-2020 school year.

November 19th- Meeting with Ecoskola. Application process and steps to move forward, timeframe for submitting final information. (March and April)

November 25th- Student meeting with Roots and Shoots- Discussion of composting with classrooms. Internal Audit timeframe, brainstorm to determine objective and goal, and mission statement. Time for submission of information.

January 10th- Student meeting. How is the compost going? Observations and conversation. The school welcomed a guest speaker about composting and recycling. Full separation in the cafeteria.  Committee looked at the objectives.

March 3rd- Compost team meeting. Will decide on end-of-year survey for students, teachers, community helpers. Vermicomposting bins up and going by April 1st, 2020.

QSIM Eco school Objectives: Schoolwide Composting

QSI International School of Malta will compost 80% of all organic matter collected. 100 % of students at QSI International School of Malta will dispose of all organic matter correctly. 100 % of every classroom at QSI International School of Malta will have a compostable bin.

Collection of baseline data: · Compost Survey January/April/June · Internal Audit of compostable material · Soil collected from composting

Eco-code: We will do our part the help our community and the Earth by composting. December 1

Internal Audit Findings:

27 total classrooms- 

1 Hot compostable bin

1 Month collection of compostable waste (23 school days) 285.90 KG of compostable waste

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