Eco-Schools

 Introduction

At Stoke Holy Cross Primary School, sustainable development has become part of the life and ethos of our school. Environmental issues are covered as part of curriculum work in most year groups across a range of subjects.  The school has an active committee of children and adults who meet to discuss environmental action for the school.  The whole school and wider community are regularly informed and involved in the environmental activities going on in the school.
In 2004, we joined the Eco-School scheme.  Eco-Schools is a Europe wide environmental award scheme.  It aims to raise awareness and encourage pupil participation in managing the school building and grounds.  Eco-Schools is both a programme to follow and an award scheme.  The awards are given to schools that complete all the essential elements of the programme. 
 This is a record of some of the environmental action we have taken since joining the scheme.  
 Our Bronze Award! 
In the Spring Term of 2005, we achieved our first Eco-Schools Award! We were awarded the Bronze Level for meeting the criteria in each of the seven elements of the Eco-Schools process. 
  Our Silver Award!
 

In the Spring Term of 2010 we achieved our second Eco-Schools Award!  We were awarded the Silver Level.

 

 Our Eco-code
  E veryone should reduce, reuse, recycle.C ompost fruit waste.O nly eat healthy snacks.

C lean and Tidy the School.

O ff with those lights.

D ripping taps are wasteful.

E veryone care for wildlife. 

                           By Lotte  

 The Green Team 

At Stoke Holy Cross Primary School, we have a Green Team.  The Green Team is a group of children who plan and undertake activities to improve the environmental performance of the school.

This year there are twelve Green Team members altogether.  Each member was elected by other children in their classes.  The Green Team has elected a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

The Green Team meet every half term to plan activities, write letters, make posters and discuss new ideas to improve the whole school’s care of the environment.  Details of the meetings are displayed on ‘Our Green School’ notice board, outside the Food Technology Room in the UpperSchool main corridor.

 

 WASTE MINIMISATION & RECYCLING

 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

  We have been supported by Jenny Craven from SWAC (School’s Waste Action Club).
Waste Audit 

Since 2004, Year 5 have conducted an annual waste audit to find out how much waste the school is producing. For three days, all of the schools rubbish is collected and then spread out in the hall to be sorted and weighed. The rubbish is sorted into paper, cardboard, metal, glass, plastic, food, fabric and other waste materials.

 Waste Audit Results

The 6th Annual Waste Audit  

 

Following the results of the waste audit, they think of ways that we can reduce the amount of waste in the future. This is called the ‘School Waste Action Plan’.

 

 

Aim: To reduce, reuse and recycle more items at Stoke Holy Cross Primary School

Food Waste

  • Reward system for individuals or whole classes that eat all their dinners.  
  • Review of school dinner menu to find out which foods are being wasted.  
  • Promotion via posters.  
  • Reduce the amount of food ordered.
  • Use a compost bin for cooked food.
  • Label the staffroom teabag bin, so visitors know where to put them.
  • Make sure that people use a compost bin in the Food Technology Room.  

Paper Waste

  • Promote using both sides of the paper, and remind people to use used paper for scrap/rough.
  • Use some shredded paper for the compost bin, from each class. 
  • Computer Room should have a recycling box.
  • Bring your own ‘handkies’.
  • Use scrap paper in Art, as well as newspaper.
  • Encourage children and staff to use only one paper towel in classrooms.  

Plastic cups and containers 

  • Any containers/materials should be collected, washed and stored.  This equipment could be stored in a box in the ArtBay.  This can be a resource box to be used in Art, Design Technology etc.
  • Reuse packaging to protect items that we make in school when we take them home.
  • Ask the fruit suppliers to use less plastic packaging. 
  • Encourage children to bring in their own plastic reusable cup.

Composting

 At StokeHoly Cross Primary School we collect our fruit waste as well as the used tea bags from the staff room for composting.  We put shredded paper from the office in there to help to create a good balanced compost heap.  We have also put tubs in every classroom to collect wooden pencil sharpenings to put in the school compost bins.

 Our School Wormery

  At Stoke Holy Cross Primary School we have a wormery. A wormery is a special type of bin which contains hundreds of worms for composting fruit, vegetables and plant waste. The Year 5 children are responsible for the safety and the happiness of the worms which need a balanced diet!
‘Worms are very important to the environment because they are nature’s fastest composters.  Worms can eat garden waste, fruit and vegetables, crushed eggshells, cardboard, paper and even our pencil sharpenings. Once a worm has eaten the waste, they then produce a liquid and compost which the school can use on the flowerbeds.’ by Mollie and Adam 
Waste Free Lunches
The Green Team organises a ‘Waste Free Lunch’ day. On this day, the whole school is encouraged to bring in a packed lunch that produces little or no waste packaging. The children who have hot dinners are challenged to empty their plates during ‘Clean Plate Week’.  Prizes are given to the classes with the least waste and cleanest plates. The results are displayed on ‘Our Green School’ notice board.
Recycling
We collect foil, stamps, inkjet cartridges, CDs, mobile phones, batteries, pens, and even plastic milk bottle tops from the staff room, to recycle.  Not only does this reduce the need for more landfill sites, avoid the burning of rubbish and stop the draining of natural resources but it raises money for charity and or the school through ‘RECYCOOL’ (ink cartridges & mobile phones).  
Christmas Card Campaign 

We have tried to reduce the amount of Christmas waste produced in school.  We found out that if each child sends a Christmas card to every child in their class, then over 6000 Christmas cards would be sent in our school every year. 

We decided that the money spent on these Christmas cards could be better spent on alternative Christmas gifts for people in need.  Each year we make a card for our class out of recycled materials or bring in the money that would have been spent on buying them to give to a charity of our choice.

 Switch Off Fortnight 2013

‘Switch Off’ Fortnight was a Whole School Energy Saving Campaign which ran from 4th -15th February 2013.

The Green Team became the Energy Busters! They checked all classrooms, when the children were not there, to see whether they had left any lights on or had left any electrical appliances on stand by.

Every day, they awarded them with a smiley face.  A red face meant that many lights and appliances were left on.  An orange face meant that some lights were left on and on standby.  A green face meant that the lights and electrical appliances were all switched off.

They were asked to try their hardest to remember to SWITCH IT OFF!

The Action Plan for Switch Off Fortnight can be found by selecting the link below.

 

 Action Plan Oct 2011

 Action Plan Oct 2011 website

 Action Plan Nov 2011 website

 Action Plan March 2012

 Green Team collections 2011-12

 Action Plan for Switch Off Fortnight 2013

 Action Plan September 2013

 Green Team Collections 2013 – 2014