The Community Council launched a competition before the summer asking the children to come up with designs to make the bins at our beaches stand out. You can see the winning pictures below. Each of the winners received a book token.
We all hope that making the bins more attractive will encourage people to be responsible and put all their rubbish in the bin.
This week we received official notification that we have gained our latest Green Flag from the Eco-Schools scheme. We started in 2005 and are continuing to work on all the ten topics, looking at Litter and two different topics every 2 years. There are 6 Eco-Schools in Shetland.
Our assessor said the following :
‘The feedback is all good and I have no suggestions to make as you have done a fabulous job!You are doing a brilliant job in promoting all the initiatives and making sure the whole school knows how to can be involved. It is great that parents and carers are also involved and I love the idea of Focus Friday, where you bring together mixed age groups to discuss your activities. I was delighted to read about your links with your partner School in Kenya. What a great way to learn about environmental issues and to understand about climate change and sustainability. I was impressed by the Primary 6/7 pupils who were so moved to action during their rainforest project that they decided to grow plants to sell and make money for a rainforest conservation organisation. Thank you so much for all your litter campaigning. Litter is such a problem for the environment, particularly in coastal areas and it was great to read about the pupils taking part with other members of the community in Shetland’s Voar Redd Up. Well done also for keeping litter to a minimum in the School and for encouraging pupils to collect biodegradable snack food in bio bins and then adding them to the compost heap. It was also great to read that pupils have been learning about food choices, food production, the environmental implications of our food choices and the diversity of food cultures.’
Our next two topics are Waste Minimisation and Health and wellbeing and on Friday, the whole school will be working together to plan what we are going to do. Watch this space…
The rice will be on sale at the Coffee Morning. It is £3 per bag. If we sell our 90kg rice that will enable a farmer to send a child to secondary school for a year! Come on Dunrossness – we can do this!
Just to let you all know that BBC Radio Scotland’s Out for the Weekend programme will have a short Redd Up piece featuring the Dunrossness bairns, likely to feature in today’s show, Friday 4th May at 2pm. They are using the material Daniel recorded for Radio Shetland.
The programme will be available to listen again via the link below for one month after transmission:
All the children in the school have been preparing photos and letters and messages to share with Lomayana School in Baringo County, Kenya . Ms Scanlan leaves on Friday evening and will arrive at Lomayana School with Joy Duncan on Monday. Jeremiah Lebene, their Deputy Head Teacher has organised lots of activities in school and the local community and everyone is looking forward to our partnership.