Eco Team

In July 2013 we took our Eco Team to The Cat Survival Trust in Codicote.

They showed us all their environmental initiatives like solar panels and recycled fence posts, and we had a tour around the big cats.

In February 2013 we achieved our Green Flag!

 

Our Eco Team was started in 2007, with the aim of leading the school towards achieving a Green Flag Award for environmental sustainability.  Mrs Gardner is our Eco Team Leader.

The children in the Eco Team applied to join by writing a letter or drawing a picture to explain why they would like to be a member, and how they could contribute to the team.   All of the applications were then considered carefully by the staff, to choose the children showing the most interest and commitment.  At the end of the first year, some children chose to remain on the team; new children also joined the team.

The team drew up an action plan to work towards achieving a Green Flag.  We received a Bronze award in April 2008, and have now met the Silver award criteria.

The Eco Team meets regularly throughout each term.  The members undertake a number of roles and responsibilities.  These include:

  • Leading assemblies to communicate our progress, ideas and actions.
  • Keeping the Eco Notice board up to date
  • Collecting compost bins from the classrooms
  • Collecting the paper and card recycling boxes
  • Looking after different areas around the school
  • Producing posters and displays
  • Visiting other organisations to find out about environmental sustainability
  • Liaising with other schools and organisation.

Embedding sustainability in school culture & the curriculum is a focus area in our School Development Plan.

These are links to our

PDF Icon Environmental review (25KB)

and

PDF Icon Action plan (35KB)

During February 2010 we had Meadow Month in the school. All the children in the school took part and raised money so that we could re-sow our wild flower meadow.

 

One of our parents came with a digger to dig over the meadow. We ran a 'wear something green' day, we held a raffle, we had a coppers jar race for each class - the amount raised per class was divided by the number of children to make it fair!, and we had an after school cafe.

We have also recently taken part in tree planting with the Woodland Trust to create the new Heartwood Forest near Sandridge.

Planting

At the beginning of July 2010 Women in Waders came to clear our pond and showed us some of the species they found in there.

 

 

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