We are already doing much, within school, on environmental learning and awareness and very keen to further develop this. Whilst we have already embarked on a number of initiatives, and have a range of others we would like to consider, we are looking to see how these can be ‘condensed’ as projects and enable us to gain accreditation for the school.
Our Marine Champions are already under way, and ‘E’ issues have been discussed at the School Council meetings. Mrs Pip Edwards and I, recently met with Catherine Woods (Parent Governor) with a view to consider, promote and engage more pupils, parents and the community in projects.
As you know we are collecting sweet tubs, to be taken to Dartmoor Zoo. The last date for collection of these is this Friday 17th. Unfortunately, any received after this date will not be accepted and will need to go into home recycling. We have already received masses – thank you.
We are also collecting any plastic pens, such as highlighters, felt pens, biros etc that have ended their useful life – there is a box in the main reception waiting area, where these can be donated.
Whilst we are lowering our use of plastic, in school, it will be impossible to become totally plastic free, but using recyclable, disposable cups and considering how we can further reduce waste is in our agenda. It is hoped that in the future we can hold a ‘Repair’ workshop within the school, inviting parents and companies with expertise in specific areas. I am also liaising with other agencies, nationally and internationally, as to how this could be supported.
Some other initiatives, Eco-schools and Surfers Against Sewage, were also discussed as we have strong links with the marine centre and local surfing community, as was gardening. Below are some links for these initiatives. If you are interested in supporting or have any other ideas, please contact the school office and leave a message, of or email in to firstname.lastname@example.org
The other initiative I would like to introduce to my Blog is a ECO-TIP section, with any eco ideas from parents, children or the community. If you have any you would like to share please email them in or pass them into school.
Rather than send your child to school with a whole packet of crisps, divide these into small pots. Not only do the crisps last longer but there is less packaging waste.
The disco was a great success – I have never seen so many dancing and the noise!!? I was surprised there was so much energy left at the end of the first week. All sweet tubs were recycled and there were less plastic novelties to buy. However, as there are only three discos a year we would still like to continue with the sweets and a small selection of novelties. Discos are a bit of a treat to let your hair down! As usual we have face painting and stencil tattoos (so not the usual waste) and it is hoped that at the next disco we will have a few extra, painting treats.
A massive thank you to FroWS, and all the parent helpers that made this such a success.
This Thursday 16th January is school census day. Census days take into account a range of data and from this the school budget is forecast, by the government. (The more pupils in school the more funding generated etc.) This census day will take into account school meal numbers – therefore we would like ALL pupils in EYFS/KS1, to have or at least to try the school meal for that day, as it is their percentage number that will generate any additional funding. The meals for these years groups are FREE as part of the Universal Free School Meals initiative.
The menu for that day is:
Chicken Pie or Pasta Bake
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