The Government in England wants every school to be a sustainable school by 2020. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) launched their Sustainable Schools Framework in 2006 when it set out challenging long-term aspirations for schools to put learning about sustainable development issues and sustainable practices into everyday school life.
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
Greenleaf has already achieved the bronze award and we are working towards silver, to help we have already had various assemblies raising awareness on energy and water conservation as well as how to keep the school environment tidy. Each class also has 2 dedicated Eco-warriors who help us to remember the school’s Eco code, as well as helping to enforce the half termly eco-focus. This half term we are trying to save energy by switching off lights, heaters, computers and projectors when not in use.
We have also started an exciting project to improve the school pond area (in the KS1 playground, by the Year 1 portacabins). Work has already begun to clear the previously overgrown area, so that it can be used again by the children to look at local habitats and wildlife. We have drawn up a plan of the current pond area and will soon be levelling the area, putting in new benches and improving the plants currently in the space. We have had lots of help from a small team of dedicated parents – for which we are extremely grateful – if you would also like to come along and help with the restoration please speak to Miss Hurrell in Year 1 or Mrs O’Donnell in Year 2 for future dates. We currently meet Wednesdays after school and will meet some Saturdays too. We were lucky to receive some funding from the PTA and are in the process of applying for funding from the William Morris Ward – which we be used initially for the seating, plants, and a pond dipping set. Once up and running we will also be starting up Pond Club for different years groups on a half termly basis – watch out for more information!
We will also be taking part in a series of recycling opportunities, for example we will be asking you for donations of used ink cartridges and unwanted clothes, which will help the school raise money for the pond fund.
This year we are trialling an exciting ‘Uniform Swap’. We would like donations of good quality, clean uniform that your child no longer wears to be bought into school between Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st March. We will then sort the uniform and have a Uniform Swapshop in the annexe hall on Friday 28th March – all welcome from 3.20pm to choose some uniform completely free (3 pieces per child depending on response).
We have written an eco code which can be seen on the Eco Schools notice board in the Annex Hall and is reproduced below:
- Look after all the creatures in the pond and in the garden
- Keep our classrooms, playground and our whole school tidy
- Throw rubbish in the bin
- Recycle materials by making stuff with them and using them again
- Don't waste electricity; turn off the lights and the computers when you are not using them
- turn off the taps when you finish washing your hands as we don't want to waste water