This year our Green Flag was up for renewal. This is the highest commendation you can receive and required the Eco-Club to show evidence of all the work that we have been doing in school. The children met with an Eco-Schools representative and spoke to them about their vision as well as what impact they think they have made. I was very proud of the way the children spoke so knowledgeably on the different topics. I am also pleased to announce that we passed our assessment and, as a result, get to keep our ‘Green Flag’ status.
Here are some of the projects our Eco- Warriors have been working on this year:
Members of the Eco Council have been involved with making bird-feeders and positioning them around the school grounds. There are some fantastic examples which we are sure the birds will appreciate. We made them using recycled bottles and wooden spoons. We took part in Bird Watch UK and conducted a survey and saw an increase in the number of birds visiting the school grounds.
Bird Watch UK Results: For the 7th year running, blackbirds are the most abundant species seen; Starlings are second but, for the first time in BSB history, third place was taken by house sparrows.
We were one of 10,000 UK schools given the opportunity to be involved in a UK-wide live science experiment to contribute to our knowledge of growing plants in space. Two kilograms of rocket seeds were launched on Soyuz 44S on 02 September 2015 with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew, arriving on the International Space Station (ISS) two days later. British ESA astronaut Tim Peake was also in charge of the seeds while on the ISS. After being held for about six months in microgravity, the seeds were returned to Earth.
We received 100 seeds that had been on the ISS and 100 seeds that had remained on Earth. It was our job to look after these seeds and to also try and guess which seeds were the ‘Space Seeds’. We have submitted our results and are waiting to find out which were the seeds that have been in space.
An aim for all schools has been to try and further reduce their waste. We have worked hard to increase the recycling and our school is now recycling 50% of our waste. Thank you to everyone for their help and keep up the good work!