Eco-schools

Eco-Schools is an international award program that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

We address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.

Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools program, providing us with all the evidence we need to showcase our environmental success.

We were first awarded the highest Eco-schools accolade ‘Green Flag’ in June 2004 and have held it since. We are proud to have achieved our 7th Green Flag this year with flying colours.

 

www.eco-schools.org.uk

Energy

Saving energy is a big part of our day to day school life – children and staff are encouraged regularly to turn off appliances and lights. We regularly review our energy bills as well as using renewable energy to power our school – solar panels and a woodchip boiler!

School grounds

The Autumn Term will allow Class 2 to harvest many of the vegetables that Class 3 planted in the Summer Term!  We look forward to our Harvest Lunch on Thursday 19th October, where we will eat produce from the garden. Members of Class 2 have already enjoyed pressing apples from our school grounds during Gardening!

Global Partnerships

We look forward to celebrating ‘World Food Day’ as a school on October 16th as this half terms ‘Eco Morning’.

Waste

Our school manages it’s waste carefully; each classroom and office area has different types of bins so children and adults know how to sort waste. The children have a rota to empty the bins into the recycling, compost and general waste.

Biodiversity

This Autumn Term the whole school will be taking part in ‘Wear It Wild’ on October 20th – I hope it will be a roaring success!

Recycling

Spring term’s Eco-Morning saw the whole school learning about  reducing, recusing and recycling waste. The school recycled 90 of the 4 pint milk cartons into Elmer the Elephant, bird feeders, ball catchers and planters! Every child had the chance to recycle the carton into a re-usable item. Did you know in school we use 16 (4 pint) bottles a week that’s a staggering 624 a year!

Water

Saving water is always on our minds – around the school there are many posters reminding pupils and staff to turn off taps and to think about their water usage. Our whole school Summer Term trip to the Waterworks Museum proved a huge success! The children learnt about our local water supply and also completed tasks to remind them about the importance of saving water.

Litter

Before the Easter holidays, Class 2 collected rubbish around the school grounds . They were surprised with the quantity (nearly 2kg) and wrote a poem about their findings and; then delivered their important message in the end of spring term assembly.

There’s litter in our school grounds,

That no one seems to have found.

Littering is a sin.

Please take it to the bin!

I know you didn’t drop that pear

But life’s not very fair!

It’s everyone’s job to pick it up

Before the pile builds up,

We all liked the packets insides,

But now it’s time we restored our pride.

 

Healthy Eating

Class 3 renewed the school’s healthy eating policy in the Summer term by surveying eating habits of children, parents and staff!