Eco and Outdoor Environment
Pen Recycling Project
Eco-council have signed Bridge Farm up to a scheme for recycling all pens used at the school. The Writing Instruments Recycling Programme is run by an organisation called Terracycle (https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/brigades/7). Pens are made of a type of plastic that is difficult to recycle, so most end up in landfill, but Terracycle have developed a method of recycling the pens and making them into new objects!
As a school we are aiming to collect 15kg of used pens to send off. This is how many we have so far (end of Nov 2018)
You can help us, and the planet, by sending any used pens that you have at home in with your children to add to the collection. Accepted writing instruments: biros, highlighters, felt-tips, whiteboard pens, mechanical pencils and tip-ex pots or tape. Not accepted are glue sticks, pencils, rulers, rubbers or sharpeners.
Our collection of pens to be recycled is going well! The container is now nearly full. Thank you to all those classes who have been saving their pens (and the planet!) and adding to the collection. Also thank you to anyone who has brought in pens from home or their workplaces. The more we can collect and recycle, the less will end up in landfill or the oceans.
Chickens and Ducks
Bridge Farm are lucky enough to have 3 lovely chickens and 3 fabulous ducks on site. We have a team of KS2 children who are taking responsibility for caring for these animals every morning, giving them fresh food and water, collecting eggs and cleaning out their environment. Massive thanks to Sarah Croasdale for volunteering to lead this group! Meet the team:
Also, as part of raising the profile of the chickens and ducks in school, we accepted suggestions of names for the birds from the children. The whole school voted for their favourites, so we can now introduce:
Eco-council have signed up to an initiative called Water Explorers, which encourages students to see the importance of fresh water, and has loads of tips, challenges and lesson plans about how to save our precious water. Saving water is also saving carbon and helps reduce our carbon footprint. https://www.waterexplorer.org/about
There are over 3000 teams worldwide and, since it began 3 years ago, Water Explorers have helped save 7.5 million cubic metres of water. We are excited to be part of this international project protecting a valuable resource and teaching a responsible, caring attitude towards looking after our planet. Check back for details of the water-saving challenges that we will start soon!
Western Power Distribution Ecobot Challenge
Eco-council have signed up to Western Power Distribution’s Ecobot Challenge. This is a challenge to schools to reduce their energy usage over the October-January winter period.
An energy consumption reduction of:
- 1-5% will be rewarded with £250
- 6-10% will be rewarded with £500
- 11-15% will be rewarded with £750
We all need to work together to turn lights and boards off, as well as close doors to keep the heat in. The better job we can do, the higher reward we might achieve and, most importantly, we will reduce wasted energy, which is crucial in reducing our impact on the planet!
Western Power Distribution also have a range of energy saving ideas on their website and school challenges for us to take part in. By signing up to the challenge, we also benefit from a range of cross-curricular ideas for Science, Numeracy and Literacy lessons that relate to energy production, consumption and ways to reduce waste. Look out for these coming soon!
A team of caring and hard-working Year 5s have taken on the challenge of litter picking for Terms 1 and 2. It is essential that we keep the school grounds free of litter to protect wildlife and to take pride in our environment.
As a Rights Respecting School, we have a responsibility to uphold Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy.
Please make sure that you always put your rubbish into a bin and if you see a packet wafting across the playground that you pick it up. If we all work together, we can make our school grounds the nicest possible place to be!