Led by Mrs Fran Ellis and the Eco Council
Eco Letter 16.3.17
In October 2008 Sherborne Primary School was awarded Green Flag Status for excellence in the field of environmental activity by Eco Schools, a scheme which rewards and accredits schools who have made a commitment to improving their environmental performance. The School Council appointed an Eco Action Team and having achieved Silver in 2009 and Green in 2010. A further top rated Eco Green Flag award was successfully accredited in 2016.
The School Council, together with the Eco Action Team, work together to tackle eco issues by promoting and improving the school environment, continuing their efforts to make the school more ecologically compliant by reducing the carbon footprint and investigating ways to save energy. Members of the School Council have given well-received eco-presentations to the Sherborne Synod and the Dorset Primary Head Teachers’ Summer Conference.
We are lucky the school is modern, with double glazing, self closing doors, an efficient heating system and thermostatically controlled radiators. In addition, a wind turbine and solar panels help to generate electricity. Every class uses ‘light switch stickers’ to ensure lights are not switched on unnecessarily.
Eco-Monitors check everything is switched off when not in use, and help celebrate an ‘Eco Class’ award every half term.
ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
To encourage wildlife there are many trees and hedges in the school grounds as well as bird feeders, bat box, hedgehog box, and ladybird towers. Students take care of the Wildlife Area and keep it clean and litter-free.
Outdoor play is really important, as taking part in outside activities reduces the amount of energy used, so students make good use of the Outdoor Classroom and the newly developed Sensory Dome. The cycle racks in school are well used, and pupils also participate in the Dorset Walk to School Week.
THE 3 RS – REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
The school recycles paper, card, plastic and reuses materials for Design and Technology and Art projects wherever possible. The successful introduction of the ‘Rag Bag’ clothing bank – which involves sending clothes to Africa for reuse – has raised £82 for other projects.
The Government wants every school to be a sustainable school by 2020.