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Leadership and Sustainability. Alex Christides Stuart Close Robbie Collinson Ross Yule . Bucksburn Academy Sustainability/Environmental Education. Key Themes in our work 1 What is the environment? 2 How does it work? 3 What are we doing to it? 4 What can we do to help it?
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Key Themes in our work
1 What is the environment?
2 How does it work?
3 What are we doing to it?
4 What can we do to help it?
World Wildlife Fund –Psychology and Sustainability
Natural Change Project – research
People are not making the necessary lifestyle changes required
to protect the planet. Traditional approaches are not working.
Humans need to experience the natural world to learn how to
care for it. Leadership and good communication also crucial.
John Muir(21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914)
was a Scottish-born Naturalist and author. He emigrated to America and
believed all people should experience wilderness to gain a love and care
for nature. He believed that as human beings, nature is crucial to our
health and wellbeing. We need to interact with nature to develop our love
and care for it.
At Bucksburn Academy we use the John Muir Awards to discover wild
places in our community and look after them. The awards help the pupils
develop greater care for nature and helps them to make lifestyle changes
in a spirit of fun and adventure.
For more information see: www.jmt.org/jmaward-home.asp
John Muir Award Handbook
In partnership with Aker Solutions and Bucksburn Newhills Community Council
For their John Muir Award children and adults have to discover a wild place,explore it, take care of it and tell others about their experience.On June 12th 2010, November 6th 2010 and May 20th 2011, we had “Woodland Community Days”. Here pupils, teachers, members of the community and Aker Solutions staff worked at improving a green space in Sclattie Wood . An outdoor classroom is being created. The activities we undertook were as follows:
Cutting back branches and overgrown shrubs
Making and putting up bird/bat boxes
Making clay faces on the trees
Designing tents for an outdoor classroom – in collaboration with the Art department
Clearing and marking out the path
Planting bulbs and plants
The S5/6 John Muir Award class work each week in the wood as part of their new course and these pupils will be trained to deliver the JMA in their communities, workplaces, universities and collages. This will aid life long involvement.
In our Castle Project we have been working at Castle Fraser,
Crathes, Drum and Fyvie Castles. (see NTS letter and display)
On these projects we have:
Cut back overgrown plants and shrubs
Put in paths for wheelchair and public access to the castle grounds
Played environmental games and learned about nature in the castle grounds
Working with NTS at local castles
Planted native species of trees and plants
We discovered wild places and took care of them and gained our John Muir
Discovery Award for doing this.
For more information see: www.nts.org.uk/Learn/community_partner.php
“All people need to have a sense of place and feel they are part of, and belong to a community before effective environmental work can be done and sustained”
Teacher at Bucksburn Academy
Pupil Perspectives. Brain Storm of the skills we believe we are developing
through our environmental work:
In partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Italian partners and the University of Aberdeen
Deepening understanding and skill base.
What is a leader?
How do leaderships skills develop?
How can we assess and evaluate leadership skills?
Where is leadership in our projects and how can we progress these?
Bucksburn Academy Responses
Results so far are showing:
Lots of fun and adventure working and exploring.
Great atmosphere on the JMA days.
JMA valued personally and as an employment tool
JMA work had helped build confidence, improve
behaviour and relationships. “People see me better now”
Pupils exploring the outdoors more in their own time
Pupils were more aware of the environment now and
wanted to care for it.
Bucksburn Academy Community Model
JMA now part of the school curriculum in S5/6 personal development courses. JMA foster understanding, motivate, bring action.
Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning
1 The importance of Outdoor Learning and its contribution to the Scottish Government’s strategic objectives towards creating a more successful country.
2 Develop self evaluation instruments and tools to aid the assessment of outdoor, sustainability/environmental education at Bucksburn Academy.
3 Devise strategies and techniques to develop leader capacity in pupils at Bucksburn Academy both within the school and in their community.
Engages young people in the highest quality learning activities
Promotes well-being and respect
Develops a culture of ambition and achievement
Values and empowers its staff and young people
Learning and Teaching
Develops a common vision among children and young people, parents and staff
Reflects on its own work and thrives on challenge
Fosters high quality leadership at all levels
Works together with parents to improve learning
Works in partnership with other agencies and its community
Focuses on outcomes and maximises success for all learners