In November 2020 our Eco-Council celebrated achieving Eco-Schools status and hoisted the Green Flag. This is a marker of all the hard work our Eco-Council have put in across the 10 Eco-Schools topics.
Eco-Schools empowers pupils, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and also creates financial savings for schools. The Eco-Schools Programme is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning that gets the whole school and the wider community involved in exciting environmental projects.
Our team of School Eco-Councillors made boxes for their classrooms for collecting board pens and glue sticks to recycle. Billions of these items go to landfill each year and, as they are made mainly of plastic, they will not biodegrade.
Recycling tricky items
The Eco-Council have set up a recycling point for tricky items near the Jockey's car park for objects that can't easily be recycled at home such as crisp packets and cat food pouches. Accepted items are listed on the boxes themselves. Items which can normally be recycled at home, such as plastic bottles and cardboard, are not accepted in these boxes.
Apple Juice Making
Every Autumn, volunteers from across the School community take part in apple picking to make juice that can be purchased throughout the School. In 2020 the team diversified into plum jam as well. Any money raised will go towards environmental projects.
During November, the School takes part in Switch-Off Fortnight, during which time the children learn about the importance of saving energy. Our Eco-Councillors are Energy Champions and are able to assess how energy efficient each class is.
Please save your crisp packets! You would be surprised by how many things can be made from them. We would love it if you could wash any empty crisp packets you have and send them into school with your child. We collect them to send to an organisation in Somerset who use them to make survival blankets for the homeless.