As a proud holder of the Eco-Schools Green Flag, the school aims to embed the principles of sustainability into our day-to-day activities. Our Eco-Schools Committee, which has representatives from Years 1 to 6, meets each term to consider how we as a school can improve our environment – at school, at home, and further afield. From ‘Walk/Cycle/Scoot to School Week’, growing sunflowers and organising litter collections, to monitoring the biodiversity at Forest School, being part of the Eco-Schools scheme enables us all to enjoy and protect our environment. Our Eco-Schools motto is:
Walk, cycle, scoot
Only use what you need
Recycle, re-use, compost
Lights out, taps off
Don’t drop litter
Monthly Eco tips
September: Deter fleas naturally by putting a clove of crushed garlic into your pet’s food twice a week. Reinforce and counteract any smell by putting lavender and rosemary into your pet’s foods.
October: Keep chemical waste out of waterways. Never pour paints, used oil, cleaning solvents, polishes, pool chemicals or insecticides down drains, sinks or toilets. Contact your local sanitation, public works or environmental health department to find out about hazardous waste collection days or sites.
November: Switch it off! Did you know; the average microwave, when not in use, uses more energy to power its digital clock than to heat food! Keep it off at the mains until you need it.
December: Although you may have cut your grass for the last time; Leave your lawnmowings on the lawn. Rather than throwing them away, let grass clippings rot into the lawn where they’ll release nutrients back into the soil. Just make sure you mow when the grass is dry so the cuttings don’t clump which can stifle new growth.
Extra tip: for every new Christmas tree bought, another is planted, recycle carefully this Christmas!
January 2018: Give natural bouquets: flower growing has become one of the planet’s most pesticide and poison intensive agricultural activities. Many cut flowers are doused with fungicides and growth regulators, and fumigated with methyl bromide, which is toxic to humans and depletes the ozone layer. So protect the growers, the environment and our noses by giving sweetly scented organic fairtrade flowers. Even better grow your own or give a pot plant!
February 2018: Did you know tumble dryers consume more energy than any other household appliance, so if you have one, try to only use as a last resort and hang clothes out to dry instead. Cutting your tumble dryer use by one load a week will reduce your home’s CO2 emmissions by 90Kg a year! If you have to use it - It’s better to run lots of loads back to back while the drum’s still hot.
March 2018: Butterflies and moths are becoming ever rarer as their habitats are destroyed by agriculture and other human activity. Do your bit to redress the balance by planting butterfly-friendly flowering plants such as lilac, buddleia, honeysuckle and evening primrose, and enjoy the colour that the flowers and butterflies bring to your garden.
April 2018: Help stamp out animal cruelty. If you suspect that an animal is being mistreated – either at home or abroad – report the incident to the Born Free Foundation. Look up their ‘travellers alert’ online website.
May 2018: Let a corner of your garden run wild. Beneficial insects and small creatures such as frogs and toads love the damp, shady places created by a pile of logs in long grass, and these small garden residents will help keep pests at bay naturally.
Drawing mazes in our Outdoor Learning week
Eco-team successes this year. THANK YOU to everyone who has helped, supported and participated!
Waste Less Live More Challenge.
Litter picking, Energy monitoring and Switch off.
Outdoor learning week, Clean air day, Walk to school week and Kitchen garden celebrations!
The big soup event - what did you do to help?
Switching off - 361 hours as a school well done!
Litter pick - look out for results
Keep an eye on the kitchen Garden - what is being grown now?
Reflection Area - look out for the special opening - see all our painted pebbles.