Sandon School have now achieved the Green Flag Eco Award. In November 2017 they achieved the Bronze Eco Award, and achieved Silver Eco Award in March 2018.
They had a busy year working towards our Green Flag Award and in order to achieve this participated in the Big Battery Hunt – a recycling challenge led by Duracell – which they continue to collect old batteries for.
GANF remain paperless meaning letters not requiring reply slips are sent to parents and carers via Parent Mail; Eco Club is held every Wednesday lunchtime where the pupils participate in planning for Eco events and activities, and also hold the Committee meetings at least once a half-term; begun building our bottle greenhouse; we held a Bird and Bug Hunt to find out about biodiversity in our school; and we took part in Switch Off Fortnight 2017.
Eco themes are embedded into the curriculum, with pupils learning about recycling and waste management as part of their Life and Living Skills, using questionnaire feedback to create graphs in Maths and following instructions to make bird feeders in English.
It is these efforts amongst many others that helped achieve the Green Flag Award.
Eco Club are so proud of their achievements, and here is what some of them had to say. Robert said, “Before half term we showed the Eco visitors around school and what we do in Eco Club and we won the Green Flag!”
Chris added, “We showed them our posters about turning off lights and computers”.
Jacob told us, “We learnt about recycling in PSHE and picked litter up when we went for a walk”.
Shelby and Thomas said that they work on Eco themes in their other subjects, adding ‘We did graphs about recycling to show questionnaire answers.”
The journey doesn’t end there! The schools says it will continue to hold Eco Committee meetings regularly and with topics of waste, biodiversity and school grounds.
To continue the good work and energy saving the schoolwill be taking part in Switch Off Fortnight again this year, with the aim of reducing energy usage.
The Eco Committee is open to anyone at Sandon who wants to be part of working towards a sustainable school, and on Wednesday lunchtimes Eco Club takes place led by Joanna Morgan. By being involved in the Eco Committee and Eco Club students will be developing their teamwork skills, listening, respect, co-operation and democracy skills amongst many others.