Barmston Village Primary School

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Eco-Schools - Silver Award

We are working towards becoming an Eco-School by following the Seven Steps to gain the Green Flag Award which involves the whole school and the wider community being involved.  The programme is pupil-led and self-assessed at Bronze and Silver levels.  For the Bronze Award we had to form an Eco-Committee which we have called the 'Green Goblins'.  The committee members are pupils, teacher, teaching assistant and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  

Our first task was to  conduct an Environmental Review of the school and form an action plan covering three Eco-Schools topics which have to be monitored  and assessed.  

Next, the Green Goblins looked at Eco-code samples from other schools and discussed the appearance of how it should look and what kind of environmental phrases should be included.  The Green Goblins then asked their class mates to have a look at two codes and vote for the one they liked best and this was then displayed around school. 

The Green Goblins meet regularly and Bobby-jay takes minutes of what has been discussed and actions to take place.

On 14 November 2017 Groundwork NE & Cumbria, in partnership with City of Sunderland, launched a new initiative to "Be a Better Recycler" campaign which encourages residents across the city to pledge to recycle more items using the right bin for the right waste.  Those who do will be entered into a £50 monthly prize draw.  Councillor Michael Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services said : "A lot of people in Sunderland do a great job of recycling, but we have a government target to recycle 50% of our household waste".  

A big thank you to everyone who sent in their unwanted clothes which were collected by the Fire Fighter's Charity - Beaumont's Recycling.  We collected 83 kgs!

  In July 2017 the Green Goblins did an assembly to the whole school to introduce John Watson, our volunteer gardener and also highlighted many of the environmental tasks they have performed this year:-

  •  recycling (paper, card, plastics, mobiles, inks, books, clothes, DVDs, batteries, belts, handbags)
  •  growing soft fruit (strawberries, blackberries, red currants) as well as tending the orchard   (pears,   plums, apples)
  •  growing vegetables (corn, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, leeks,  turnip, green beans,   cabbage, scallions, lettuce)
  •  growing flowers - wide variety including sun flowers located around the perimeter fence
  •  feed wildlife (birds, bats, hedgehogs, squirrels and ladybirds) in their special houses
  •  energy conservation (turning off lights, pcs, projectors, smart boards) and hang out the washing to dry
  •  look after the tadpoles and frogs ensuring the pond is kept clear of rubbish