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Our Eco Committee

Eco School Committee members have been chosen from every class in school (except Nursery). Their remit is to work towards making the school more sustainable (with adult help), and making other children aware of some of the important issues which need to be addressed. 

Two year 6 children have been chosen to chair the committee and members of staff have volunteered to sit on the committee as well; we also have a volunteer from the Local Authority to sit on the committee.

The Eco Schools Committee's first job is to  carry out a survey of the school, in order to find out what we do well and what we could do better.

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What is Eco-Schools?

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

There are three awards to achieve: bronze, silver and green flag. While we do not necessarily need to complete these in order, we believe that doing so will help the school become more eco-aware and increasingly sustainable.

We are currently working towards the Bronze award and will update our progress as we work towards this award. 

There are nine topics in the Eco-Schools programme, all designed to help the school address enviornmental issues: Energy, Water, Biodiversity, School Grounds, Healthy Living, Transport, Litter, Waste, Global Citizenship.

 

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349kg of Textiles Collected!

Thank you to everyone who donated clothing and textiles to our recent collection. It was really successful and we collected a whopping 349kg! The average school only manages to collect around 300kg usually, so this is fantastic!This equated to around 14,000 points to spend on science equipment. We have already exchanged the points for lots of new magnets, plastic test tubes and jitterbugs (ladybirds that move when a simple electronic circuit is attached).

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Electronics Collection - 27th June 

This time the collection is for small electrical items:

  • Batteries;
  • Mobile Phones;
  • Small electrical items: hairdryers, domestic printers, straighteners, anything really. If it has a plug and can be held in one hand we want it - even if it doesn't work any more!
  • WE DON'T WANT: Car batteries, monitors, televisions, computers, large appliances e.g. washing machines.

Worm Hunting

We will be taking part in several surveys which will contribute to national data about biodiversity (the different types of animals, plants and other organisms which live in an area) in the school grounds.

On Thursday 20th March children from Cherry Class and Nursery helped to conduct a worm study in the school grounds. Earthworms are extremely important and play a vital role in recycling plant nutrients and aerating the soil. The aim of the survey was to help the people conducting the survey improve knowledge of earthworms and the soils they live in – something we know surprisingly little about.

Did you know there are 27 species of Earthworm living in Britain?

The survey was great fun and the children got to test the soil and count and identify the Earthworms which were found. Members of Cherry class then helped to upload the data onto the OPAL website (www.opalexplorenature.org). There are lots of surveys to take part in on the website. 

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