At STC, we have a dedicated team of eco leaders. This year, we have successfully worked towards achieving an Eco Schools Green Flag with Distinction award. Our targeted areas to work on this year included: energy, litter and global citizenship. As part of our work on these areas, we have completed litter picks, held a whole school anti-litter poster competition, shared energy saving tips, reduced our energy bill by installing energy saving lights and supported charities such as Help Ukraine and Christian Aid.
Alongside these areas, we have also planted six new fruit trees, two trees for the Queen’s Green Canopy, installed several bird boxes thanks to the RSPB and through the hard work of Miss Begley, increased biodiversity by creating a fabulous stumpery. Our year 2 class has taken on the responsibility of maintaining and developing the school garden. Linked to their science and topic work on landscape and garden design, they have been developing a Zen gravel garden, which aims to provide children and staff with a quiet place inside the busy school grounds to be still, relax and find time to enjoy calm.
We have also continued to support Hereford Recycling and Reuse group through the collection of various items including crisp packets (until the scheme ended), plastic milk bottle tops (which help raise money for Air Ambulance) and stationery including glue sticks and pens. We used recycled materials such as milk bottles to create art for the art installation in Glasgow and we used recycled card to create crowns to help celebrate the Queen’s jubilee.
Children can often be seen helping to water and care for the plants and really do take pride in our school environment.
Several year groups have completed Bikeability or scooter skills training and other classes have received road safety talks. We also took part in National campaigns such as The Big Walk and Wheel to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and travel to school using their own energy instead.
We enjoy using the fabulous grounds that we are fortunate to have whenever we can not only for playing in nearly all weathers, but also for cross curricular activities such as art, maths, R.E, Forest school and science.
We look forward to flying our flag with pride when it arrives as in July we achieved our Green Flag with Merit.
We have also joined the Herefordshire Schools Recycling project and use coloured bins so that we can collect our chosen materials. We even had a visit from William the Bull to help add to his collection of bottle tops!
Please feel free to contact us if you have any ideas you think could be useful or if you would like more information about any of the activities we have completed.