ST JOSEPH’S RC PRIMARY ECO AND GARDENING NEWS
We have had a very successful year as the big news is we are ready to apply for our first Green Flag!
Our application covers three areas that the school has been working hard on this year -
Waste Minimisation – Reduce, Reuse Recycle is what we always think! Recycling paper, ink-cartidges, plastic milk bottles (cut up for plant tags), clothes, etc. No disposable cutlery used and encouraging children to use 1 re-usable drinks bottle and re-usable zip bags for snacks or lunch.
Litter – litter pickers introduced in each playground and classes all have a ‘litter leader’, new bins have been purchased and anti-litter posters displayed around the school
Bio-Diversity – Using old tyres for herb planters, salt for weed-killer, garlic and marigolds for pest control, composting kitchen scraps and staff room tea-bags, cow dung for fertiliser, using natural alternatives to chemicals.
This year our new topics are Transport, Food and the Environment and Energy. These topics will be used in our application for our second green flag.
We now have a school eco-code.
We held a competion to create a ‘code’ for the school to display to highlight how seriously we take our environmental committment.
The winning entry was:-
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Another competition will be held this year – watch out for details, enter and win a fantastic eco prize!
Thank you to all those who continue to fill their rag bags and deposit them in the bin in the school car park. Remember if you or your family are ‘clearing out’ their wardrobes consider dropping off your unwanted items in our Rag-Bag bin. This bin is emptied regularly, the contents weighed and the school is given money dependant on the weight. The money we have collected thus far has been used to purchase new benches for the senior playground.
In January we are hoping to hold a ‘recycling week’ in school where pupils, staff, parents and local businesses will be invited to bring in items for recycling. These will include old laptops or computers, mobile phones, electronic games and game players, cables, chargers, print cartridges, clothes, books, jewellery (incl broken, costume and plastic), ‘dries out’ pens and mechanical pencils. All these items the Eco committee will collect and send on to companies who recycle these items and we get money dependant on weight or individual item recycle value
National School Garden Week
The theme for this year was reaching the community with ‘lessons you will never forget’. We invited several local nurseries to join us for a garden lesson. We spoke about the use of household waste to help in the garden like salt, food preparation waste, tea bags, coffee grounds, dish water and old wellies! The children then made nature bracelets and we had a treasure hunt where the prize was a pumpkin seed for them to plant in bio-degradeable pots and take home to watch grow! This proved a huge success and all our visitors were impressed by our facilities and impressed by the Primary 7 helpers.
We were very fortunate this year to have had over £350 worth of plants donated to us by Dobbies Garden World. All the plants chosen were for attracting bees and we had garden lessons on the importance of these creatures and learned some fascinating facts about the different types of bee. Our crops proved most successful this year and our produce was and is being used in the school kitchen. We also tried growing wheat, oats and barley and had a bumper crop. The oats have already been used for making porridge.
Monitoring our Progress
Litter Leaders, Energy Enforcers and Recycle Rangers have been identified in each of the senior classes to help monitor cleaning up of litter, switching lights off when rooms not in use and looking at what can be recycled instead of disposed or re-useable alternatives.
This year our committee members are -
P4H Adam Taylor and Amy Duncan
P4/5R – Ailsa Reid, Paul Levitt and Connor Tate
P5M – Anna Mair and Cameron Taylor
P6M/T- Peter Hammond and Lewa Olaosebikan
P6/7S – Cameron Roe Henderson
P7K – Ben Clark
Miss Robb and Mrs McAllister.
A big thank you to all the pupils who have helped contribute to the garden and eco-committee.
During the summer, Dobbies Garden Centre gave the school garden £350 worth of plants to support their “bee Friendly” campaign. The children have already planted up the new lavender and rose garden at the beginning of term with Mrs McAllister our parent volunteer gardener.
Mrs McAllister is always looking for other parents that would like to join her gardening team, if you are interested please contact her on – firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 07818087851
We are also needing more seashells, pinecones and bark to fill up the sensory path boxes, if you collect some when out and about this autumn.