As a school we have decided to try and win an award from RHS. Today the Eco Rangers got their book ready to gather evidence needed to win the award. We have started filling in the book with evidence of what we have been doing and enjoyed working together to make our Eco Book look special. It is now on our Eco Schools display for you to look at in the school library.
The ECO rangers are concerned that staff and children have still been leaving lights on when they are not in the classroom. The rangers decided that the best course of action would be to have a monitor in each classroom to ensure this is happening. We discussed the teabag bucket and were pleased to see that most staff fruit and teabags were now being composted in our veg patch. Children reported that in some classes taps are being left on after use. The ECO rangers will report back to their classes about this being everyone's responsibility.
Our first meeting of the academic year. Today we talked about composting and decided that as a school we don't do enough. The ECO rangers have now put a bucket in the staff room for the staff and helpers to place their teabags and fruit skins. It was agreed that one ECO ranger would be in charge of emptying this bucket each day. The children also wanted to remind children and staff to turn their lights off at times when they are not in the room to save electricity and money.
At this week's meeting we prepared out boot for the St Edmund Church 'Bootiful' competition. The children all designed pictures to attach to the boot. We hope you will all go and cast your vote on Sunday 24th June. We also had time to design a sign for the school Hogary which has now been sent way to be varnished.
This week we discussed concerns that the Eco Rangers might have. One Eco Ranger was still concerned about the amount of people parking directly outside school. She spoke to the rest of the group about the park and stride scheme that the Woodlands pub runs. Our Eco Rangers hope that people will listen to our concerns before someone is hurt outside our school as a result of dangerous parking. Another Eco Ranger talked to the group about saving water. We have two big water storage containers by the year two block. Our Eco Ranger reported that the tap on one of these was left on and the tank was almost emptied of all the water. We hope that people will remember to turn the taps off, both outdoors and inside our classrooms to conserve water now the weather is getting warmer.
Following on from our brilliant Reduce, Reuse, Recycle workshops we discussed how we can make more of an effort to recycle things at school. Our school cleaner is collecting bottle lids to raise money for children with cancer. We thought it would be a nice idea to compost our fruit at playtime. One of the Mummy's from FS2 is going to come in and sort our compost bins for us.
Today we talked about our sensory garden. We are really pleased with the new rock path but think we need to add some more plants to make it a nicer place to play. We went back to our classes to ask our friends if they had any ideas about what we could put in there.
8.11.17 we were very excited in Eco Rangers today because Miss Broad told us that next week the Lord Mayor is coming to host an Eco Rangers meeting with us. As a group we decided on some questions that we would like the Mayor to answer. These are the questions that we decided on.
1. How did you get to school today? Did you walk or come in a car?
2. Can you help us think of a way to stop parents parking outside our school where it is dangerous to park?
3. Why do you support the charities that you support?
4. What ways have you raised money for these charities.
We are all looking forward to having the Mayor come and visit us at school and have decided we will all come dressed in green that day to raise money for the Mayors charities.
27.2.17 At today's meeting we discussed the Big British Spring Clean. We have decided that we should sign up to the scheme and be part of this nationwide litter pick. We will be taking part on Friday 3rd March, each class will go out and pick up, and then bin any rubbish that we find in the school grounds. We talked about why litter picking is important. Here are the reasons we came up with:
1. small animals might get stuck in it.
2. animals might eat it.
3. people might slip on it.
4. it makes the school look messy.
At today's meeting we talked about the benefits of walking to school. We watched a video about this and then discussed the reasons why its so beneficial.
1. it's good exercise
2. it's chatter time (time to talk to our family)
3. it gives us an opportunity to spot things in nature such as birds and squirrels
4. it cuts down on pollution from exhaust fumes
5. it puts us in a great mood for the day and makes our brains work better
we decided to make some posters to put in our classrooms to encourage everyone to walk, park and stride, scoot or walk to school. These will be shared with all classes once they are laminated.
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