We have a trusty band of pupil 'Eco Warriors' in school, who are passionate about caring for our environment and helping everyone in our school family take action to save energy, re-cycle and look after our school site and wider community as much as possible. We are currently working towards achieving the Eco School Green Flag Award!
So far we have been able to:
- Put re-cycling bins in our classrooms, corridors and staff room so that we now recycle plastic, glass and paper. Since December 2021, we have doubled the amount of recycling and halved the amount of waste we send to landfill each week.
- Create posters on global warming, the effects of climate change and the importance of recycling. We have also shared these with the children in our partner school in Tanzania - Maramba A Primary!
- Create a gardening area with raised beds, where we can grow our own fruit and vegetables over the year.
- Put compost bins in this gardening area, where we now compost our fruit waste (and the tea-bags from the staff room!)
- Clear all the fallen leaves from our school site in the Autumn and store them to create leaf mould for our growing beds.
- Replace all of our lighting in school with more energy efficient LED lights, some of which are now on sensors so are only on when someone walks in.
- Hold a Q&A session with our local MP, Harriet Baldwin, on climate change issues, before the Cop 26 Summit took place in Glasgow.
- Make a 'Forest of Promises', where every pupil in our school made a promise to help slow down climate change (eg. I will not leave the tap running when cleaning my teeth) and wrote this on a leaf shape. Some of these were then sent to the Leaders at COP 26.
- Hold a 'Plant a Tree' Day where everyone came dressed in tree colours and the money raised was enough to plant over 200 trees!
Eco Warrior plans for 2022:
- Each class to have two 'Power Down Champions' who are responsible for turning off classroom lights etc.
- Have regular Litter-Picks around our school site and then into our local community - Tenbury Wells
- Share our ideas on saving water with the rest of the school and create posters for all toilets in school
- Create natural habitats for birds and insects around our school site eg. a wildflower area, bird feeders, a Bug Hotel, a wormery.
- Monitor our weather to measure patterns and possible changes over time - we are hoping to buy a weather station!
- Begin to sell 'Fairtrade' items at our weekly healthy Tuck Shop and encourage our school staff to buy Fairtrade coffee and tea in the staffroom!