Eco-Schools is a global programme that empowers children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness. It develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and develops a range of team and project skills.
Our Eco Team is led by representatives from each class, who are supported by Miss Beth Freeland, Miss Jessica Kruger and Mr Attewell. They meet once a fortnight and undertake environmental projects to improve our school environment and the wider community. They are currently focusing on reducing waste and recycling, litter and the school grounds.
Our Eco Team for 2020-2021 will be announced shortly
Here are some of the things the ECO team have been looking at to help save the planet.
We found out about all the ways we could reduce our waste over the Christmas holidays and shared our ideas with our classes.
We had fun making our own natural tealight holders, using sticks and recycled jam jars.
We have spent time tidying and litter picking in the KS2 playground.
Next we will be focusing on
Making sure we are recycling as much as possible including food waste.
Reducing our use of energy eg switching off the lights.
Minutes from the Eco Meetings
Some of the ways we are trying to help the environment are as follows:
Golden Boot Challenge
The Golden Boot Challenge is an annual Surrey schools’ competition encouraging us to find more sustainable ways of coming to school and to think about pollution and air quality.
Classes will compete to win the golden boot by scoring points for each pupil who walked, scooted, came by bike, shared a lift with a friend, parked a little further away and walked some of the way (park ‘n’stride) or used public transport.
The Golden Boot Challenge runs all through June and Barnsbury’s Eco Council is challenging pupils to travel to school in a sustainable way on Monday and Fridays every week throughout June and score a point for their class.
Barnsbury are competing in the 2021 Golden Boot Challenge from Monday 14 June to Friday 2 July and Barnsbury’s Eco Council is challenging pupils to travel to school in a sustainable way and score a point for their class. There will be an Early Years/KS1 and KS2 winner, with the overall winning class getting the golden boot.
Reducing Plastic - Mural Competition
Barnsbury Eco Council launched a competition inviting pupils to create a piece of art work reminding us all to use less plastic. The title of the mural is going to be "Keep Our Earth Plastic Free!"
Crisp Packet Recycling - raise money for our school
We have signed up to a new scheme to recycle crisp packets and raise money for our school. When we have collected enough packets we can send them off to be recycled and will receive cash for them. Not only are we raising money for our school they could end up as plant pots, park benches, watering cans or even cool bags! There is a recycling box in in the entrance foyer next to the battery recycling point please send in your empty crisp bags, any brand.
Please bring any old batteries to the school office where we a a battery recycling container for you to post them.