In May 2011 our school became an Eco-Schools’ Ambassador School, currently one of only twenty schools in the UK to hold this award. This followed a rigorous application and assessment process. Reassessment for this award takes place later this year.
To achieve this award we have to be working on all 9 areas of the Eco-Schools framework, be building ‘greeness’ 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.
Since achieving this award our ‘green’ work continues not only within school but also within our local community and further afield. We are working hard to introduce opportunities to involve the families of our pupils as well as local businesses and organisations within our ‘green’ development.
More information about the work we are undertaking can be found in the newsletters below.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
During the Summer Term the children were able to take part in ‘Grow a Sunflower’ competition with Glyn-Jones Estate Agent. The child who grew the tallest sunflower would win an iPad Mini and £250.00 horticultural vouchers for their school.
Over 20 schools and hundreds of pupils entered and we are very pleased to announce that Albert won the competition and a representative from Glyn-Jones visited the school and presented Albert with his prize during assembly.
Well done Albert!
On Monday 13th July some children in the Year 4 and 5 Eco committee attended the E.Y.E. (Eco, Young and Engaged) Summit at Shoreham College.
We took part in lots of different Eco themed workshops throughout the day such as playing instruments made from ‘junk’, taking part in drama workshops and thinking about animals who live in the Amazon. We also did a’ bug cycle’ made from recycled materials the West Sussex Waste Prevention department. We met local marine biologist Steve Savage for the ‘One world one ocean’ activity and another activity was Reduce, Reuse and Recycle where the children made artwork from old bicycle wheels making an ‘Eco snail’ which is displayed at Beach House Gardens.
The children also had the amazing opportunity to help write a verse of an Eco song with James King whose song ‘Breath’ is the England ‘Eco Schools’ anthem.
At the end of last term the children within Year 5 visited our local Tesco Extra Store to learn about where food comes from.
We made fruit kebabs and tasted a selection of cheeses. We had the opportunity to visit the warehouse and the children enjoyed feeling how cold the chiller and freezer were. During the trip we spoke to the fishmonger and he held a demonstration on filleting a piece of fish
Year 7 pupils undertake a redevelopment project within Worthing which encourages a new look at our local area.
To support this project some Eco committee members visited the Waste House in Brighton which gave them the opportunity to look at materials used within the building project which was made entirely from thrown away or unwanted items.
Duncan Baker-Brown, who was the Architect on the Waste House project, spoke to the children about the importance of using recycled materials within the redevelopment as for every 3 houses built another house could be built from the waste materials.
He discussed living roofs, solar panels and water harvesting and educated the children on sustainable energy.
During our time at the Waste House we were visited by a Russian film crew who are producing a news feature about the work Duncan and his team have undertaken.
On returning to school the children had a sustainable area to research and they presented their findings to their class. This knowledge helped support the recycling and environmental aspect of their redevelopment projects.
During Eco club we designed a Christmas tree from unwanted and recycled materials. Our aim is for the children to see these items in a different perspective ‘how can we use?’
We collected unwanted cardboard from Tesco Extra and Katie Thomas, Tesco Community Champion, supported us in creating our tree during Eco club.
The committee used bottle tops to make baubles, tinsel and decorations, we used unwanted material to make bows, carrier bags were plaited to make tinsel, and unwanted wool was used to make pom poms.
Mrs Mayes said ‘It was lovely to see the children use their imagination and creativity to make the decorations’.
Our recycled Christmas tree was displayed in reception which helped to support our message of making something beautiful from junk.
Volunteers from Wastebusters held an assembly with our Year 4 and 5 Eco committee members and the Eco committee members from Thomas A Becket First School. They talked to the children about items that can be recycled and what we can produce from recycled items.
We used some wood donated to the Eco committee and the children drew a wave effect across the two boards. We then sorted and stuck coloured bottle tops to each section.
The Wastebusters volunteers helped create our bottle top wave with our Eco club.
We will be displaying our recycled art work within the school to support our Eco topic of ‘making something beautiful from junk’
The children within the Eco committee entered a competition from West Sussex County Council and Balfour Beatty to ‘Name the Gritter’.This annual competition now in its 4th year is a great fun way to think about safe travel and to remind people to “Be Bright and Be Seen” which is a key road safety message.
We are proud to announce that Ellie in 5MC won the competition calling the gritter ‘Olaf’. Ellie won a voucher, the school won some gritter resources and 5MC won a visit from the gritter.