The Eco Club meet on a Tuesday lunchtime and will be helping improve our understanding of the school grounds. Each class has elected two members. We are about to create some good outside learning opportunities. One of our many jobs will be to keep areas tidy. Another is to keep all in school aware of green issues and caring for not only the school environment but to show others that everywhere is important. The Eco-Reps will report back to classes; speak up in some assemblies; and, keep a noticeboard in school to raise awareness of how everyone can help make a difference to the world around us.
Volunteer parents who would like to help should contact Mr Simmons as there is never enough time in the school day to keep on top of the basics. We have already asked for help in taming the Sensory Garden which has begun to look like a wildlife sanctuary.
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The Y5/6 Eco monitors have taken meter readings. We have used more gas as it has been cold in spite of having better insulation, better windows and energy saving lights. Our aim is to get below 70 on the next energy certificate.
We now recycle ink and batteries every fortnight with a purple tub by the Big Hall. We reuse food at dinner time as it is collected to feed pigs locally. Our green bins collect card, paper and plastic - the Y4 Reps empty these. We make our own compost from weeds and teabags and waste from the allotments. We harvest seeds from most of our plants. Most electrical devices in school that use batteries have rechargeables. All taps are on push buttons to save water. We have 'Frogs in the Bogs' so that the cisterns do not use as much water and water butts to collect rainwater to use in the allotments.
We grow our own food and are promoting the idea of organic production and the benefits of fresh produce. Many families now grow their own as it saves food miles. All children know the value of exercise and regular drinks of water.
We have been involved with the Loughborough in Bloom town initiative for meadow flowers. We are hoping to create our own meadow area so we can attract more insects and wildlife. We want to encourage more butterflies and animals such as bats. We have now got 2 Bug Hotels, some bug boxes and 2 bat boxes. The nesting boxes for birds need to be replaced as the Woodpecker has made the holes far too large. The nesting box for the Blue Tits has not been used this year after last year's success.
We have taken part in the 'Community Orchard' alongside Charnwood Borough Council, the Comenius Society and Loughborough University. We have been involved in the 'Tidy Loughborough' campaign run by Victoria Brackenbury. We have taken part in 'East Midlands in Bloom' as the best 'School Garden' in Loughborough. We have been involved with 'Balls to Poverty' initiative to help to get clean water to homes in South Africa. Finally we won the Loughborough digital camera competition 'Plants and Wildlife' and the art competition run by East Midlands in Bloom.
We have created a 'Tree Trail' in the school grounds which helps us to identify trees, plants, minibeasts and birds that can be seen there and learn some interesting facts about them.
Each class has two Eco Reps selected by the children to represent them. They attend regular meeting to discuss ways to promote Ecological issues within the school.
Each class has an allotment and chooses what to grow in it. They are reponsible for keeping in weeded and watered and can use their produce in class activities or sell it to fund new projects in school. This year's profits will help to pay for the greenhouse that suffered in the strong winds in the Spring Term.
We are being judged for our fourth Green Flag in the last week of term, having been awarded our third in January 2011.