Eco Warriors 2020-21
At St Joseph's we always pride ourselves on being an eco-friendly school and we have previously managed to secure the Bronze award.
This year we are going to be working towards renewing our Bronze award and then continuing on to achieving the Silver award.
New information will be added to this page regularly so that we can keep you up to date with everything that is going on.
Over the next few weeks we will be nominating children across the school to be our new Eco Warriors. These children will be responsible for coming up with new ideas to help our school to become more eco-friendly and promoting these in their classes and around school. We will meet regualrly to discuss what we would like to focus on and how this is going to help our school and the wider community.
If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Miss Whitehead or Mr Vost.
The children across KS1 and KS2 have now nominated one Eco Warrior per class. When restrictions allow we are planning to include EYFS by nominating additional KS2 children to support with their involvement. The following children from Year 1 - Year 6 have been chosen: Patrick, Amelie, Joseph, Jon, Jake, Sophie, Nieve, Erin and Daniel.
Eco Schools at home campaign
As part of our ongoing work towards the Eco Award we have been given the opportunity to take part in a local campaign during this period of school closures. We have the chance to win some AMAZING recycling equipment for our school and we need your help to do so! In order for us to enter the competition, we need everybody to take part in our Eco Schools at home campaign where we will be working on 5 different challenges. Below you will find a document which contains an outline of the challenges.
Class teachers will be setting some of the challenges as part of your home learning activities over the next few weeks but you can choose to complete more if you wish to. For each challenge there will be information on what you need to do and what you need to send in to school as evidence. You will need to send the work directly to your class teacher as usual and they will forward them to me. The more evidence we get the more entries I can submit and the more chance we have at winning one of the prizes! All entries will be shared with the Eco Schools Company in order for us to enter the competition so please only send in work if you are happy and give consent for this to happen. All work will be submitted anonymously so where possible please try to avoid writing names on them.
I can’t wait to see all of the fantastic entries! Miss Whitehead
The Eco Warriors recently met to complete an environmental review of our school. From this the children decided on the key areas they want us to begin focusing on and we created an action plan to help direct our goals. You can see a copy of the meeting minutes and our action plan by viewing the documents below.
The Eco Warriors met to discuss our progress towards the targets they set at the last meeting, the children were confident to share what has been going well and what our next steps to improve should be. The warriors collectively wrote the final version of our Eco Code ,which has been emailed to all parents and can be found below, focusing on the key points they thought were most important at this time. They also discussed the possbility of us taking part in Keep Britain Tidy's Great Big School Clean campaign and asked me to pitch their ideas to Mrs Gum. Their ideas were very well thought out and took into account the current restrictions in school so Mrs Gum agreed to let us take part. An email has been sent to all parents to inform them of this event and how you can get involved as a family at home!
Exciting dates coming up...
28th May - 13th June - Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean campaign - How many hours/minutes will you pledge as a family to keep our local community clean?
7th - 11th June - Keep Britain Tidy Great Big School Clean campaign - Litter picking sessions taking place in school in class bubbles
11th June - Eco Day!
To find out more about the Litter Picking campaigns please visit the following website https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean
Remember to send in pictures of any Eco work completed at home to help us towards our award.
June 2021 - Eco Day!
On Friday 11th June, our whole school enjoyed an exciting day of outdoor activities designed to raise our awareness of environmental issues and to improve our school grounds.
We enjoyed activities such as making bird feeders, designing bug hotels, going on scavenger hunts, creating dream catchers, planting and leaf printing to name but some of them. We had a fabulous day and hope to continue our eco learning when we are back in class. A big thank you to everyone for a wonderful day!
The Eco Warriors met recently to discuss the progress we have made this year and the next steps we need to take. They evaluated the effectiveness of Eco Day and have already come up with some ideas to make it even better next year! The children were thrilled to find out that our application for funding had been accepted meaning we will be receiving a new litter picking kit very soon. We talked about the evidence we have collected so far and decided that we may be ready to apply for our Silver Award soon... watch this space! The Eco Warriors also decided that they would like to sign up for Plastic Free Schools in order to cut down the amount of single use plastics we currently use as a school. More information will follow about this shortly.