This year we have been working towards becoming an Eco School. In September each class nominated their Eco representative and the Eco Team met to decide on the things they wanted to improve in our school and its grounds. The team carried out an Eco audit of the whole school looking at: litter, energy, waste minimisation/ recycling, water, transport, healthy living, biodiversity and school grounds. In the audit we identified areas that could be improved. In December we gained bronze status as an Eco School and we are now working towards silver.
The Eco Team have implemented many different initiatives this year many of which are aimed at reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible within the school. In January we collected over 30kg of Christmas cards, some were recycled to make decorations and gift tags and the rest were given to the Woodland Trust for recycling. We are also collecting used postage stamps for the RNIB.
In March we carried out a waste survey. Twenty volunteers went through the waste generated from five different areas in the school and sorted it into different types.
We weighed the rubbish and calculated how much rubbish the school generates on average over a day. From the survey the Eco Team highlighted areas that could be improved in order to reduce our waste. A week later the Recycle Robot came into school to show the children ways in which they could cut down on their waste at home and in school.
All toilets in the school have had hippos fitted. These are bags which go in the cisterns and reduce each flush by up to 3 litres. As the school is on a water meter we hope to substantially reduce our water usage.
During Book Week we carried out a Big Book Swap where the children brought in books they no longer used and swapped them in total 192 books were exchanged.
The Eco Team is also interested in making the school attractive to wildlife. In January we participated in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch more than 150 of our children took part over 2 mornings. Our results were then submitted to the RSPB and included in the national results.
Weekly litter patrols have now begun to help keep our playgrounds tidy litter not only makes the school look untidy but can be harmful to wildlife.
The gardening team has joined several different projects this year. We are participating in the BBCs Breathing Spaces programme aimed at providing habitats for a variety of wildlife. The Woodland Trust has given us free hedging plants and saplings which we are growing on and will plant up next year; these plants will eventually provide new habitats for wildlife. We have joined the RHS Growing Schools programme and are taking part in a potato growing trial with the National Potato Council.
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