Barmston Village Primary School

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GreeN Goblins - Eco\Recycle\Gardening Team


10 July 2019 - Eco Assembly

The Green Goblins took part in a ten week project called #Iwill with Rachel from Ground Work NE and Cumbria.  The project supports communities in need, working with partners to improve peoples prospects  of where they live, work and play.  Children made bird feeders, built shelving for the greenhouse, made posters and learned all about environmental issues.  This culminated in a whole school assembly where they told their story using power point and i-pad videos.  The project was a great success!


Thursday 5 July 2019 - Visit


The Green Goblins visited the Energy from Waste Plant in Haverton Hill which was funded by the Local Environmental Action Fund at the Community Foundation.  Children took part in a classroom work shop learning about recycling and then had a comprehensive tour around the plant.  They visited the control room to see how staff work the computers to ensure the plant works efficiently and even viewed the bird's nest amongst the chimneys!


Thursday 21 March 2019 

In partnership with Gentoo Housing Group and the Rotary Club, the Green Goblins took part in a litter pick on the village.  We collected lots of bags of rubbish and the village now looks so much better!

Wednesday 18 July 2018

We are holding a summer fayre in school on the above date to sell fruit, flowers and vegetables grown by the Green Goblins.  The rest of our pupils will be making goodies to eat (cakes, biscuits) and there will be an assortment of crafts to purchase.  We hope to see parents, carers, family and friends at this event.

WEEE Swop Shop

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!!

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 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:-

  •  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