The Eco Club is represented by children from all year groups and they meet six times a year. Since 2010 the Eco Club have been taking a number of steps to improve efficiency and help make the school more sustainable.
This year (2018) we have started on the journey to achieve our Eco Schools Silver Award. 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 the school. The Eco-Schools programme is focused on nine key topics:
Eco Update March 2018
Recently, David Attenborough in his documentary the ‘Blue Planet’ reported that our vast oceans are rapidly becoming polluted by plastic. The children were saddened to hear that our precious marine life was in danger. They are very keen to make a difference and have taken drastic action to follow the three R’s to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastic.
The Haybrook children have had weekly Eco assemblies. It has been wonderful to hear about their efforts to follow our three R’s rule and to see their parents taking an active role in our eco-challenge. Many people throughout the school community are starting to make small changes to their shopping and recycling habits. They have made many valuable suggestions which the Eco Committee will be investigating. Please do send in any ideas that you have regarding reducing the use of unnecessary plastic to add to our list.
Mrs Baish and Mme Woodard have recently become two great ambassadors for the Eco Committee and have already made some very valuable contributions. Several families and members of staff, including myself, have reverted to ordering milk in glass bottles from our local dairy. It tastes wonderful!
Mrs Tarrant-Smith and The Friends of St Francis are exploring the avenue of using biodegradable cups and plates for their events (particularly outdoor events). They propose to liaise with Mrs Baish who currently has a supplier for these products.
Mrs Briscall our Marketing Manager, has arranged to collect and recycle the coffee pods from the staff rooms.
Henry in Year 2 has created a poster to remind us to reduce the use of plastic. He and Martha, also in Year 2, are safely collecting litter from fields and recycling it when they return home. Martha has achieved a Blue Peter badge for her efforts. Henry is hoping to receive one soon. Many children have been reusing materials to make wonderful models which they have proudly loaned to me for my eco display. The Upcycling Club run by Mme Woodard and Mrs Pilgrim is an excellent example to us all. The children have created many wonderful gifts for their families and pets from recycled materials.