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Eco Warriors

What is our role?

We are responsible for keeping our school as environmentally friendly as possible. We pick up litter, check on the use of lights and projectors; switching them off when they’re not in use and keep a check on the recycling bins to make sure they’re being used effectively. We often keep a check on the taps in school to ensure they are not being left on wasting water and check paper towels, to make sure they are not used excessively. We are also responsible for maintaining the planted areas around school so that we encourage insects and wildlife to visit our grounds and support our biodiversity.

 

A key part of our role is to demonstrate to others how to be environmentally friendly and look after our school. We hope to be positive role models to our peers.

 

Who are we?

Y6 - Maryam and Josh
Y5 - Poppy and Alfie
Y4 - Sumaiya and Noah
Y3 - Hakki and Chloe
Y2 - Maysun and Zach
Y1 - Joseph and Ebony

What is the Eco Code? 

The Eco Code is set by the Eco-Warriors and is a set of principles which we strive to live by within out school community.

What are we up to?

Athelstan Eco Warriors have organised lots of very exciting projects ready for this academic year.  After our hard work last year to gain our Eco-school Silver Award, we have been excited to begin the process of our Green Flag Award. 

 

This year, we launched our brand new Christmas e-card project. We worked alongside the school council to bring you a fantastic new approach to a more sustainable Christmas. We used photo booths to have our pictures taken and then showed them as a slide show in the classrooms. We are extremely proud of our pupils for taking a stand against unnecessary waste at such an indulgent time for many, and we were so pleased to see everyone supporting us in embracing such an exciting project this Christmas.   

 

We have also continued to promote 'Walk to school Thursday' in a bid to reduce more of our carbon footprint and become fitter and healthier. 

 

We have worked hard around school to try and maintain our outside areas by planting flowers and picking up litter. Inside school we are always ready to turn off lights and taps when they are not needed. We also continue to set a good example to other pupils by being economical with paper towels and ensuring there is no rubbish left lying around school. 

 

During the summer term we organised a competition for the whole school to design and build a wind turbine. We held it during our Design and Technology day and it was judged by Ms Halliday.

First, we spent time learning about the role of wind turbines in the process of creating and harnessing sustainable energy and then we had a go at designing our own turbines. The criteria was that they had to turn in the wind and they had to be able to stand up- what a challenge! We had a great time using recycled materials to build the turbines and overcame many difficulties along the way to produce some amazing creations. The effort from some children was outstanding. Well done everyone!

Congratulations to Y3CB for winning the competition and to Y2AC for being the runners up. Superb effort, Ms Halliday was well and truly blown away!

 

We have also spent time looking at other ways we can reduce waste around our school and begun looking at what else we can start recycling. Next year we hope to implement much more recycling into the daily life of our school.

 

Did you know?

 

  • 1 billion Christmas Cards will end up in bins the equivalent of 33 million trees!
  • It takes 1 tree to make 3,000 Christmas cards.
  • The total of card packaging used over Christmas could cover Big Ben 260,000 times.
  • If every single newspaper was recycled we could save 250 million trees every year.
  • The average family throws away 6 trees of paper a year – if we recycled all of this paper we would use 70% less energy than making it from raw materials.
  • Just one tonne of recycled paper would save 17 trees.
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