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 colors.
The whole school took part on ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ earlier in the year. In addition, Class 3 will complete an Energy Project this summer term (focussing on sustainable energy); they will also investigate energy being used in school and how we can be more efficient.
The summer term will allow Class 3 to have their turn in the garden! This is the busiest term; many crops will be harvested and sold. They will also be linking their time in the garden with their science topic of ‘Living things and habits’. In addition they will be engaging in ‘Compost Awareness Week’ and ‘International Day for Biological Diversity’.
We will be engaging in the ‘Go Green Day’ as part of the ‘Size of Herefordshire project’ which is being held across the county on 8th June 2017. This is part of an important and ongoing challenge to protect the rainforest.
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.
This term class 3 will engage in ‘International Day for Biological Diversity’ and see what plants and animals they can find with ‘I-Spy’ and ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ activities.
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!
WaterSaving 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.
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.
Class 3 will be renewing the school’s healthy eating policy this term and surveying eating habits of children, parents and staff!!