Visit to Glasgow Allotments and Potato Day

I took a trip up to Glasgow Allotment Forum’s Potato day with the three towns growers to pick up some seed potatoes for our school allotment. Whilst I was there I went to a workshop on school gardens and planning accordingly, and square foot gardening. Both workshops were really helpful and I will be uploading the resources soon. There was a band there that only sung songs about fruit and vegetables, and all the people I talked to were very helpful. After that we went to Kelvinside allotments, which are well established, to get some ideas for our own plots. I took plenty of pictures which I will also post!

GAF Potato day

Allotment

We have put our name down for an allotment in Elm’s park just across from the school in order to potentially grow fruit and veg for our school kitchens and bee friendly flowers. We have yet to hear back but we are hoping to be allowed access in the coming months.

you can find out more information here:

http://www.carena.org.uk/providers/community-group/three-towns-growers/

 

Hello world!

Hello! This blog has been set up to inform you of the exciting developments that are happening at Ardrossan Academy in regards to eco at at the moment.

We have almost achieved our Bronze award, and we would like to share what we have done in the past few months.

Below I have listed the criteria we have to meet in order to her our bronze award:

Eco-Committee

  • A mixed group of pupils and adults meet to discuss environmental action for the school
  • The group meets a minimum of once a term
  • Notes are kept of meetings
  • Results of group discussions and action to be undertaken are communicated to the rest of the school.

Environmental Review

  • An informal environmental review of the school is carried out
  • Results of the review are discussed by the environment group
  • Following the review, some activities are planned that will change and improve the environmental performance of the school.

Action Plan

  • The environmental group decides on some action for the school based on the informal review
  • Responsibility for taking forward action is agreed

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • The environment group makes a note of progress towards targets
  • The group discusses success or otherwise of the action being undertaken.

Linking to the curriculum

  • Environmental issues are covered as part of curriculum work in most year groups across a range of subjects

Involving the wider community

  • The environmental group has a school notice board which gives details of environmental activities being carried out
  • The school lets parents know of action being undertaken in some way
  • The wider school community learns of the environmental activity going on in the school

Eco-Code

  • There is an agreement on some environmental statements for the school drawn up by the environmental group and agreed by the whole school

Source: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainable-development-education/eco-schools/awards/bronze/

We are so close to completing all of these targets and if you would like to help, the eco committee are having a Whole school meeting on the 23rd of October at Lunch time so feel free to come along!