The eco team made a presentation promoting how you can save energy in school and at home. We are all practicing switching everything OFF! At home, some examples we looked at were:
Turn off your lights when you are not in the room,
Don't overfill the kettle,
Put lids on saucepans,
Switch off standby lights,
Shut windows and curtains to insulate your rooms,
Wash up in a bowl (or put the plug in) - don't wash up in running water,
and turn off anything that does not require electricity or gas!
Bags to School - 450kg!
Thank you all for donating 450 kg of clothes, shoes and more - an enormous amount of recycling! Thanks to the PTA for organising this. The weight donated raised £224 for PTA funds.
The results of the competition are as follows:
3rd place Year 1 24 bags
2nd place Year 4 25 bags
1st place Year 2 27 bags
Year 2 will receive additional golden time.
Bags to School
Thank you all for sending your bags of recyclable clothes and other bits and pieces. In total the eco team counted 142 bags, which is a phenomenal contribution to our school fund. When we know how much money we raised, we shall let you know. The winning class will be announced on Tuesday in assembly.
Bags to School on Friday 17th November
Remember to recycle your old clothes, shoes, handbags and cushions. Every child has been given a bag to bring home.
The school is holding a competition to see which class can bring in the most weight. Bring your bag back to school on Friday to help recycle and to help your child(ren) win the competition!
Not enough bags - just add bin liners.
New Eco Team
After reading over 40 applications to join the eco team, and looking at posters and leaflets which pupils have made, a new team has been announced.
Y2 Flo Caunce and Maya Farr
Y3 Eva Drake-Horn and Oliver Ward
Y4 Flora Mainwaring and James Elms
Y5 Thalia Onyeka and Nicole Hacking
Y6 Cara Roberts and Matilda George.
Sophie Pope from the 2016-2017 Eco team will continue with the 2017-2018 team to help with the handover.
Thanks to all the eco team members who are moving on. In the last 9 months they have coordinated Walk to School Week, Switch off fortnight, Fair trade fortnight, Litter Picking, Composting and more ... You have made our school more eco friendly and been a pleasure to work with.
Walk to School Week
Walk to School week was a huge success. In summary 74% of children, 3 out of every 4. walked to school every day. All the children who walked every day received a walk to school sticker. Well done everyone!
A short update on how we are promoting eco values in the school.
Walk to School week
Walk to School Week
This took place 14th - 19th May. The eco team checked how many children walked to school before the week, and we are proud to say that in walk to school week, the number of children walking to school increased from just over 60% to just under 80%.
The benefits of walking to school are:
reduction in pollution
All children who walked to school every day received a special walk to school sticker.
Well done everybody! Keep it up.
Green Flag renewed by Keep Britain Tidy
Eco schools sent an assessor in to school to assess our progress with the Green Flag Award. It was Fairtrade Friday, so an excellent day for an eco schools visit, because all the parents were involved in bringing in donations. The assessor was delighted with the good practice that he could see in our school. Thank you to everyone who helped with this.
£100 was raised for the Fairtrade Foundation, so thanks for all the donations and purchases from our tuck shop.
Switch Off Fortnight
The eco team will continue to guide the delivery of our eco schools plan.
The school's next project is Switch Off Fortnight, starting on Tuesday 14th March. Switch off any lights, or appliances when you aren't using them!
We are delighted to announce that Hattie McAffer in year 6 has been named as the runner up nationally in the Smarter Energy Competition with British Gas. Not only did Hattie win herself an iPad, a Wilbur toy and the school and Einstein tablet, she has also won us a huge £25,000 energy makeover!
This means the school will receive an energy survey and improvements will be made whether it be lighting, windows, solar panels to make us more energy efficient. We are so proud of you Hattie and thrilled to win such an amazing prize.
Hattie's excellent comic strip below won the prize.
Fairtrade Fortnight - 27th February - 10th March
This will be kicked off on 27th February with an assembly by the eco team - What is Fairtrade? The school's Superlearning day, which will focus on books, will include the pupils reviewing a book called 50 ways to buy Fairtrade. For Fairtrade Friday (3 March), parents will be asked to send in some fairtrade donations to our tuckshop. Any money raised will go to the Fairtrade charity. The school canteen will be offering Fairtrade meals during the fortnight. Fairtrade will be a theme for lessons in some classes - wouldn't you like to know the "Brazil Nut Story"?
Want to know more? Try these films:
My fair trade adventure Part 1 (9 mins)
My fair trade adventure (7 mins)
Green Flag Renewal
At the end of January the school governor school improvement committee approved the renewal application forms, action plan review and our action plan for the future. These have been sent to eco-schools and the awarding body will let us know when they will come to visit the school to assess our application.
The nine key objectives are: