The Eco-Schools programme improves the environment, saves money and brings international recognition. We are proud to have achieved the highest Eco-Schools status – we are a green flag school!
Children are the driving force behind our achievement – they lead the eco-committee and have helped to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of our school. Through consultation with the rest of the school and the wider community pupils decided which environmental themes they wanted to address and how they were going to do it.
Eco-Schools is a great way of introducing environmental topics to our children, whilst developing a much more creative learning environment for everyone.
Eco-Schools provides real in-school issues, and also encourages scientific review and data analysis. Undertaking Eco-Schools has enabled pupils to understand how different issues are linked together, i.e. the connections between transport and pollution or management of the school grounds and increased biodiversity.
Hello from Glenfrome Primary’s Eco Council.
We have been an Eco Council since 2010 and in that time we have achieved 3 green flags. We will be applying for our 4th next year.
To achieve this, we have done a variety of things, from putting notices on light switches to remind people to turn them off when they aren’t needed, to having solar panels and a clothes bank.
We will also be able to claim money from our solar panels soon!
We held an assembly .about water. We highlighted how precious a resource it is and how we shouldn’t take it for granted. The whole school had a day highlighting awareness of water use and waste. We monitored our water use, and because of this we realised how much water is being used and wasted. We have now had our taps changed to ‘press on’ taps. This has helped reduce the water used and save money!
RECYCLING & WASTE
When they children were doing the paper recycling they told the Eco Council that a lot of paper was being wasted. This was really bad in the photocopier room. We carried out a paper survey and we discovered teachers were the
biggest culprits of wasting paper. After meetings with the Head Teacher and Bursar explaining this, our photocopiers were replaced so they only print when each adult enters their code. This has reduced our paper waste dramatically!
We have had trips to the Bristol City Council recycling centre in Avonmouth and to BTR. We fed back to the school raising awareness of waste. This is why we decided to have a clothes bank. We have had the clothes bank for a year and in that time we have raised £303.90 towards school funds. We have had workshops making shopping bags out of t-shirts.
We have had a ‘Really Wild Week’ with the whole school making bird boxes and feeders with the RSPB, exploring our environment in school and locally.
SCHOOL GROUNDS, HEALTHY LIVING & BIO-DIVERSITY
We are very fortunate to have large grounds. We have 2 ponds where the children study life cycles and search for mini beasts. We also grow fruit and vegetables in repurposed containers and in mini allotments which the children help maintain and then enjoy the fruits of their labour! The plants are all grown by the children. This enables the children to experience taking care of something as well as prepare, cook and taste the food, possibly for the first time! We have an orchard with a poly tunnel where seeds are sown ready to plant in the school grounds.