We have an Eco Council which consists of one boy and one girl from each of our classes.
The Eco Council meets regularly to discsss whatever we are working on and also to bring any isues that have been highlighted by other children in their class. After each meeting they feedback to the whole school at the assembly. In 2008 we were awarded the Green Flag for our eco-work. In order to retain this status we should have re-applied for assessment two years later. However, we had major issues with the heating system in school, so we were unable to re-apply as we could not meet the expectations needed. Now that we have a new wood pellet boiler system, we are able to begin again. The award itself has nine topics to be addressed. These are:
- School gournds
- Healthy living
- Global citizenship
We are not required to work on all the topics at once. However, whilst working on one topic we may find that improvements occur in other areas, as the topics interlink.
Energy is the only compulsory topic. Through our work in this area, we aim to reduce our school’s emissions thus saving money through reduced bills.
Already this year we have held a full day of Eco-activities. The whole school worked together outside to make a bug hotel and bird feeders. The children learned about the creatures that live in or visit our school grounds and thought about making our grounds a place where many creatures could live.
We have held a shoe collection where almost 300 pairs of shoes were donated to the Police Aid Convoys Charity. We also have a large bin by the school gate where unwanted clothing and other items can be donated.
As part of Global Citizenship the school supports many different charities – Children in Need, Comic Relief, Macmillan, Oxfam, Readathon and NSPCC , to name but a few.
Recycling is another aspect of the award. We try to separate waste in school as well as re-using whatever we can. Another way everyone can help is by sending in used printer cartridges and mobile phones. We send them to a company called RECYCOOL.
We are really keen to further develop the school grounds. We were so grateful to parents and children who came in and worked in the Spiritual Garden and developed the pond. Our next project will be to develop the vegetable and herb garden. We always want to involve the children in planting and growing things. This also interlinks with the biodiversity topic as our planting encourages wildlife which act as pest controllers.
There will be many other activities happening throughout the year and we may ask for your help – or advice.
We are now collecting Morrisons Vouchers - please put them in the Morrisons collection box outside Mrs Tatley's office.