The Eco-committee is pupil led with input from staff and parents. It now has a voice on the Board of Governors and there is a whole school commitment to improving our understanding of environmental issues on a local, national and global scale. Eco related policies (such as the ‘Procurement’ policy and the soon to be published ‘Use and recycling of plastic’ policy) are now included in the whole school policies.
The school is working on a number of projects relating to the nine main Eco-Schools goals of:
- School Grounds
- Healthy Living
- Global Citizenship
The school was awarded its fourth Green Flag in May 2017 and is currently envisaging working towards Ambassador Status.
The Eco Club meets regularly under the chair of our Eco Captain with the main committee meeting as necessary to discuss major projects. Assemblies are regularly handed over to eco-lectures; written and prepared during curriculum time and presented by different forms each week.
The whole school is kept informed of activity via the Eco noticeboards and regular articles in the NewsBeacon and the weekly E-bulletin. Social media is a further communication outlet.
Members of staff have attended the Eco Schools’ conference and there are staff representatives from all sections of the school on the main eco-committee.
Eco day is held annually. This includes our popular wildlife photography competition which each year attracts over fifty entries from pupils, staff and parents.
The Eco Committee, under the ‘Global Citizen’ heading, also co-ordinates all the school’s charity work, as well as regular fundraising activities. This involves inviting speakers to address the whole school from Reception to Year 8. Where possible a follow up visit is arranged so the boys can see how their donations are being used.
Future projects on the horizon include the installation of two bee hives adjacent to the newly redesigned school garden. Upkeep and maintenance of the hives will see members of staff undergoing hive training with the possibility of a junior bee keeping course also being developed.