Our Eco Warrior team is made up of children from every class in Cupernham Junior school. We wear our badges with pride to show who we are. Our badges are made from 100% recycled metal. Every member of our team is passionate about looking after the world we live in.
We meet every 2 weeks to focus on our school and community. Already we have completed a whole school environmental review to help us understand what environmental work our school is doing well. This has helped us to come up with a clear action plan of what we want to focus on next.
As a school we have developed some areas of our school grounds to make them more 'wildlife' friendly. In the last year we have planted a meadow, re-establised our pond area, made bug boxes and bird boxes and made pathways through our woodlands.
Our new amazing allotment area is now ready for us to use. We have raised vegetable and flower beds, potato growers and a runner bean arch. We are looking forward to growing lots over the next few months.
Recycling and Rubbish
One of the issues we have been trying to improve in our school is rubbish and recycling. The Eco warrior team have labelled all the classroom bins so that we all know what rubbish can be recycled and which bin this rubbish should be put in to.
We are very proud of our school and community efforts to help us recycle crisp packets over the last 2 years. Through the Terracycle scheme, Cupernham Junior has collected over 100.82 kg of crisp packets -more than 14,988 empty packets of crisps! The scheme has also helped us to dramatically reduce the amount of litter around the school site. Well done to all the Eco Warriors for their hard work in organising this.
The scheme has unfortunately now closed so we are unable to continue to send off the empty packets to be recycled centrally. We have however raised £149.88 for our school through the scheme. Our Eco Warriors will be discussing with their classes how best to spend this money with their classes in the next few weeks.
To help us reduce plastic rubbish, our Eco Warrior team has introduced re-fill whiteboard pens and glues to the whole school. This has reduced our plastic waste dramatically and is saving our school lots of money.
Walk to school
To encourage as many people in school to walk rather than use cars, we have begun to use our walk to school logs. Each day we record how we got to school and hope to reduce pollution and make the roads around our school safer at drop off and pick up times. Our Junior Road Safety Officers are helping to organise this.
Next we want to see if we can compost some of the food waste from our snacks and lunches. We have bought a green cone to help us to do this. The green cone will be placed in our new allotment area when it is finished and will compost our break time fruit left overs. Our Eco Warriors will be introducing the whole school to this in the next couple of weeks.
Have you noticed our flag?
It is now flying high at the front of our school.
We are so proud and pleased to announce that we have achieved our Eco school status with Merit. What a super achievement for the Eco warriors and the whole school community, who all worked together to achieve the high targets we set ourselves, on improving our environment.
Well done Cupernham!