Be the best that you can be
On Friday 9 March 2018 Cllr Miller from Sunderland City Council and employees from Groundwork North East came into school for a WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) swop shop. Parents\carers provided small items eg toaster, hairdryer, a games console, battery toys and DVDs and swopped them. The press attended the launch and photos should be in local newspapers soon!!
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 Grace 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".
We continue to support the Fire Fighter's Charity - Beaumont's Recycling and wish to say a a big thank you to everyone who sent in their unwanted clothes again!!
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:-