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Following a rigorous application and assessment process we are pleased to announce that Thomas A Becket Junior School is an Eco Schools’ Green Flag 2017-2019 award holder. Through our continued 'green work' within school and the community we have held this award since 2009, with our application being reviewed every two years followed by a visit by an Eco Schools assessor.
To achieve this award we had to be working on all 9 areas of the Eco Schools Framework, by building ‘greenness’ into both the day-to-day life of the school and the pupils’ learning, as well as supporting other schools and organisations to become 'greener' themselves.
Mrs Michelle Mayes, our Eco-Schools' Co-ordinator, always welcomes support and ideas for the 'green' work that we do. If you would like to be involved in our work, or have ideas to offer, please contact the school office.
School Travel Plan
We are pleased to announce that, after reviewing our Travel plan actions and achievements, WSCC have awarded us the Bronze National Travel Award. We will continue to promote safe travel to school by working with the pupils, parents/carers, Governors, residents and travel representatives.
Latest ECO Activities
During Eco club we looked at pieces of Picasso’s art and interpreted our own designs to make portraits using cardboard.
E.Y.E Project Competition
Eco Committee members recently entered a competition with the E.Y.E Project (Eco, Young and Engaged) and Southern Co-operative to design an Eco poem and poster.
We are pleased to announce that Abigail in year 5 came runner up in the age 8-9 category, Jasper in year 6 won the age 10 category and Isabella in year 5 came 3rd place, and Ciara in year 6 came runner up in the age 11-13 category. A huge well done!
Southern Co-operative said that judging the competition was a really tough job! They were so impressed with the thought process, energy and creativity that went into the posters. So much so that they are going to be displaying them in their office.
During Eco Club the committee decided they would like to use the money they have raised from their Eco incentives to sponsor an animal with WWF. Lower school committee voted on sponsoring a Jaguar and the upper school committee voted on a Panda. We would like to introduce you to Jeffrey the Jaguar and Pippin the Panda, who will be joining Busta our Eco Club mascot in his weekly Eco adventures with the committee.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Dave our School Crossing Patrol who has been helping our pupils cross the road safely at Wiston Avenue for 11 years!
We presented Dave with vouchers and a card during assembly today. We are sure you will join us in wishing Dave all the best for the future, he will be greatly missed by us all.
"Could you please say thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff for the lovely retirement presents. I had so many cards and gifts it is impossible to say a personal thank you to everyone and to say how moved I was by them. I have thoroughly enjoyed all my time working as the lollipop man over the years and will miss everyone but not the early mornings and bad weather.
Once again thank you"
Road Safety Week 2017
Mrs Mayes, Mrs Saunders and the year 6 Eco Committee held an assembly on Monday 27th November to highlight the importance of wearing brightly coloured clothes, wearing your cycle helmet and the Green Cross Code to help keep pupils safe on the journey to school.
To support Road Safety Week the children came into school wearing their brightly coloured clothes to highlight the importance of being seen when walking, cycling or scooting to school now the winter months are approaching.
We also offered the opportunity for parents/carers to purchase high visibility jackets.
Eco Summit 20th June
14 pupils from our year 4 and 5 Eco Committee joined 24 local schools at the Eco Summit held at Davison High School on Tuesday 20th June. The children had the opportunity to take part in lots of different workshops and made key rings from high visibility clothing, held bearded dragons, giant snails, a gecko and snakes, made bread and ice-cream and learnt about where our food comes from.
Our vegetable garden
Members of our Eco Committee have been planting lots of vegetable seeds in our raised beds. We are hoping to have plenty of tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, courgettes and herbs growing this summer.
Worthing Society for the Blind
Thank you from Worthing Society for the Blind, who collected another 10 bags of milk bottle tops from us on Friday 31st March. They receive money for the bottle tops which then get recycled into play equipment & dustbins.
Farm to Fork - Eat Happy Project
Our year 5 pupils visited our local Tesco Extra store to learn about where our food comes from. Children made a healthy cereal, tasted a selection of cheeses, visited the fish monger and watched a demonstration on filleting a piece of fish. They also looked around the fruit and vegetable aisles to see how far our food travels and researched which fruit or vegetable had traveled the furthest. They also learnt about Fairtrade bananas.
We would like to say a big thank you to Mackley Construction, who kindly donated 90 high visibility jackets to the school after hearing about our 'Be bright, be seen' non uniform day. The children will be wearing the jackets during all school trips within walking distance, and also for other events like our scooter training.
Road Safety Week 2016
Pupils took part in our 'Be bright, Be seen' non uniform day to promote safer travel to school by making ourselves as bright as possible now that the winter months are approaching.
Toilet Twinning Update
We are pleased to announce that, with the kind donation from Ideal Standard, we have been able to sponsor 4 toilets situated in some of the poorest countries in the world
Southern Water – ‘Pound a Poem’ Finalists
Mrs Mayes and Mrs Brown joined our ten ‘Pound a Poem’ finalists at the Southern Water ceremony on Friday 8th July 2016.
Our finalists enjoyed a buffet lunch and had the opportunity to talk with Southern Water about their water saving devices, and how important it is for everyone to have access to clean water. The children read their poems to a delighted audience, and they were each presented with a framed certificate and goody bag. We are also pleased to announce that Abdul in Year 6 won the 1st prize of a £100.00 Love2Shop voucher, Maddie in Year 3 won the 2nd prize of a £50.00 voucher, and Benjamin in Year 5 won the 3rd prize of a £25.00 voucher.
A big congratulations to our Top Ten finalists for their brilliant poems!
Walk to School Week Results - May 2016
We have compared our data from the autumn term survey with our 'Walk to School Week' data in May 2016, and we calculate that:
82.9% of children travel to school sustainably
There is a 65.9% increase in children scooting to school.
There is a 13.5% decrease in pupils travelling to school by car.
Eco Art competition
We were invited by the E.Y.E Project (Eco, Young and Engaged) to take part in an Eco art competition which would be displayed at the Eco Summit and Ropetackle Art Centre in Shoreham. The competition was sponsored by Shoreham Port and we are pleased to announce that Louis and Zack in year 6 won the primary school category and received an art set each and £125.00 for the school and Bronwyn in year 4 was runner up in this category.
Congratulations to our winners.
Southern Water - Pound a Poem for Water Aid
Recently pupils had the opportunity to support Water Aid with Southern Water by entering the Pound a Poem competition. After our assembly the children were asked to write a poem between 6-8 lines long about the importance of having clean water.
I am pleased to announce the poems have been judged down to the final 10 and all 10 are from TAB. They have now been passed on to the Executive Management Team at Southern Water who will decide the winners. We have been invited to an awards ceremony on the 8th July where the winners will be announced.
On Tuesday 21st June some children from the year 4 and 5 Eco committee attended the Eco Summit at Davison High School. The children took part in lots of workshops which included creating art pieces from materials on the theme of 'seasons' and making planets from items washed up on the beach. We also learnt about growing vegetables and the importance of recycling. We had the opportunity to hold a Bearded Dragon, Gekho, Corn Snake and giant African Snail and we discussed the dangers these animals encounter such as loss of habitat and food.
ECO Club Wild Seed Planting
Our Eco video shows some members of the committee taking part in a wild seed planting activity within Eco club. The video will also be shown to E.Y.E Project member schools at the Eco Summit held at Davisons High School on Tuesday 21st June 2016.
Southern Water "WaterAid" Competition
Representatives from Southern Water recently visited Thomas A Becket Junior School and spoke to the children during an assembly to inform them about Water Aid and the 'Pound a Poem' competition. Their mission is to raise money so they can provide fresh water and sanitation for people in Cambodia.
Southern Water showed the children a short video of a young girl's three mile journey to collect water every day for her family. We discussed how much water we all use and how lucky we are to have clean running water.
Water Aid is asking children to write a six to eight line poem about what having clean water means to them. They are requesting a £1 entry fee for the chance to win £100 'Love2Shop' vouchers for 1st prize, £50 'Love2Shop' vouchers for 2nd prize and eight runner-up prizes of a trip to Southern Water's Peacehaven Treatment Site.
Good luck to all the pupils who have entered!
Toilet Twinning Update
Children in 5CS recently wrote letters to cleaning suppliers and water companies asking if they would be able to donate funds to support toilet twinning.
We received a letter this week from W&P Healthcare and Hygiene who thanked us for bringing this interesting project to their attention and for the lovely letters the children had written. They have kindly donated £243.00 which has sponsored a toilet block in Pakistan.
Toilet twinning raises funds to support water and sanitation work in some of the poorest countries. By supporting them in their vital mission, we are helping to do something about the fact that 2.4 billion people don't have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the toilet. For more information visit www.toilettwinning.org
We would like to thank Ideal Standard, who after receiving our letter from the children in 5CS, have kindly donated £240.00 which will sponsor a toilet block in one of the poorest countries
Dress A Girl Around The World
We worked with Davison High School to ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ where we donated dresses made from a simple pillow-case.
We set a target with Davison’s to make 50 dresses and we are pleased to announce we reached our goal. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made or donated a dress. For more information please visit the website www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com
ECO Club Activities Spring Term 2016
This term during Eco club the committee have been making pieces of magazine art. The children drew a large scale drawing and then used strips of magazine to create their art work.
The committee has also been painting their bird boxes ready to assemble around the school grounds.
Visit to Ford Mixed Recycling Facility 8th February 2016
Children within the Year 6 Eco committee and Litter Ranger group visited the Mixed Recycling Facility (MRF) in Ford.
We talked about all the items we can recycle at home and what happens to them once they reach the MRF. We learnt that 20 two litre plastic bottles can make a fleece and that recycled paper can make a pencil.
We also took part in activities and designed our own bag.
Beach Clean with the Marine Conservation Society
On Saturday 19th September we joined Transition Town Worthing along with the Marine Conservation Society and the Sussex Wildlife Trust to take part in the ‘Great British Beach Clean’.
Volunteers gathered at Beach House garden and split into groups along the seafront to gather litter and search for egg casings.
A litter survey was completed and the information gathered will be calculated by the Marine Conservation Society to create data on items found along our coastline.
The Sussex Wildlife Trust gathered all egg casings found to analyse the amount of dog fish, skate, rays and other fish that have been born this summer.