Eco – schools news
St Mary’s is a Green Flag Award holder!
July 2016 saw the culmination of two years’ hard work when the school was awarded its Eco-Schools Green Flag. This prestigious award is given to schools who have proved a commitment to environmental issues and embedded green ideals within the curriculum and the life of the school.
An inspector came to visit us from Eco-Schools England, and talked extensively to the members of the eco-team, who also gave her a tour of the school. Evidence of our green-ness had to be everywhere! All classes and staff were involved (one of the requirements!) in topic work in lessons, initiatives such as composting and energy saving, and out of school work such as Gardening Club and putting up the polytunnel. The eco-team were key in raising awareness of green issues and keeping the whole school ‘on message’. We had to have an ‘eco-code’ and prove that we always try to ‘buy green’ in all areas of school life, right down to our office supplies.
We were thrilled to receive our flag (now proudly pinned to the Eco-schools notice board), as well as a certificate which is also displayed.
This year we have a new eco-team ready to go, and keen to keep spreading the green message. In order to keep our Green Flag we have to continue and expand on our eco-schools work, so we can be re-inspected in two years time.
Eco-Schools Celebration Day at Cerne Abbas Tuesday 22nd March
Mrs Tucker took seven members of the eco-team to a special eco-celebration day with other participating schools, at Cerne Abbas village school. The school groups were mixed up together so we could all get to know one another, and each school took part in three workshops.
St Mary’s first workshop was Eco-Anthems with a musician called Martin. He got our toes tapping with a warm-up song, and then the children worked in small groups to create an eco-song. It was great fun!
Next we did an activity called ‘Talking Rubbish’, which involved a giant gameboard outside on the grass. Each team had a lunchbox from which they had to dispose of each item correctly (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle). Then we found out about how people in other countries make useful items like shoes and bags from waste materials. We all liked the plastic bag chickens!
At lunch time there was a competition to see who had the least waste from their lunch. We didn’t win but we did manage a very respectable score. We then all had some of the special celebration cake that the organisers Alison and Max had had made for the occasion. It was very popular!
After lunch, our final activity was finding out about owls and we got to dissect owl pellets to find out what the owls had been eating. This was a fascinating activity, matching the bones to a guide that told us which animal they were from. It was a bit messy though!
All in all we had a great day, and came back full of ideas for making our school a greener, more wildlife friendly place.
Competition to make a Christmas decoration out of recycled materials.
Here are the results of our Christmas competition to make a decoration from recycled materials.
I’m sure you’ll agree that all the children made a super effort, and they were so good we couldn’t choose just one winner! Well done!
Mrs Tucker and the Eco-Team
Alternatively, go onto the BBC Radio Solent site and search for ‘The Lost Words’ and the programme will also come up, it is with conservationist Richard Bradford from 26th April.