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Eco Club

What we’ve been doing during theTerm.

Newington Academy has a very popular and very busy Eco Club.  The club has been involved in many aspects or recycling and eco-management within the school building and grounds. 

This term we have renewed our Green Flag. The children and staff have worked very hard to ensure the school is up to date with its recycling, energy awareness and sustainability.
In October 2015 we were rewarded our Green Flag!

   
 
 
This term we have completed a travel survey, we were amazed at how many children walk to school! Well done Newington.. Keep it up!

 
We made grass heads and have watched them grow over the last term. This week we also made a house for our grass head so we could take them home and look after them. They were easy to make and we enjoyed watching them grow and looking after them.
 
   
 
We used socks, sawdust and grass seeds. First we filled the sock with the saw dust and grass seed. Then once the sock had been tied we decorated it and added a face to it. Over the following weeks the grass started to grow.
 
This week the children wanted to feed the hedgehogs. We went into the garden and placed dog food (a hedgehog's favourite) within some of the houses.
We have entered a competition with Hayes Garden World. The children have been invited to design their own sunflower seed packet.
There are prizes to be won!
The competition closes on Friday 17th July and any entries can be collected from Miss Watkinson.
The link above gives more details.

 

 Read on to see our Action Plan for improvement.

Date Action Plan was developed:   October 2012

Action Plan developed by: Karen Richardson with the Eco Club

 

Topic

Action

Target / Measure

Timescale / Deadline

Responsibility

Actual Result Achieved / Date

Waste Minimisation/Recycling

 

Reduce fruit waste

Make available fruit waste bin on yard – take to compost

Intro Oct 2012 - ongoing

Kacper Legowski supported by KR

Kacper informed school in whole school assembly Oct 2012 and now in place

Energy

 

To reduce wastage of energy by staff and pupils

 

energy police – pupils to hand out rewards for classes ‘switching off’ at lunchtime

Summer term

Eco club – see rota

Dec 2012 local paper ran article on Energy police!

Global Perspectives

 

Find partnership school in contrasting loaction

Search on line for appropriate partner

Autumn term and ongoing communication

School council with support from KR

Partnership with school in Ghana set up Oct 2012 – to be developed in 2013

School Grounds / Bio-diversity

 

Develop Wildlife area

Develop area to include compost bins, bug hotel, bird feeders, hedgehog houses wild flowers

Autumn term

Eco club with support from Mr Krebbs and KR

compost bins, bug hotel, bird feeders, hedgehog houses wild flowers all in place by December 2012 – National trust trees delivered and planted Jan 2013

School Grounds / Bio-diversity

 

Sensory Garden

Develop sensory garden in FS area

Spring term

Eco club with support from foundation stage staff

 

Global Perspectives

Shoe box appeal – sending toiletries etc to children in other countries

 

Letter home to collect items – put together and send off

  • Target – to improve on last years 20 boxes

November 2012

School council with support from KR

December 2012 – 38 boxes submitted – thank you certificate presented by school we worked with and mention in Hull Daily Mail

Global Perspectives/ Curriculum

 

Global Awareness Day

Children to take a country and work complete work throughout day linked to country – this year to include workshops and presentation with Mighty Zulu Nation

 

March 2013

Head

 

Sustainability

 

Climate Week

 

Take part in climate week challenge – Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future

March 2013

Miss Richardson/ team of 6 reps from ECO club

 

 

Waste Minimisation/Recycling – raising awareness

 

Trash to Tresure

Craft project using school’s waste

 

Summer ½

KR and eco club

 

Local Area

 

Continue to work in local area with Sewells group / Hessle Road Health Centre

Brick laying / tree planting as site is developed and form choir to sing sea shanty celebrating local history in opening ceremony

Spring ½ 2013

Karen Richardson/eco club/school council/pop choir

Brick laying and burial of time capsule summer 2 2012

Tree planting November 2012

Opening ceremony------

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

                              School:                          Newingtonton Academy          

                              Date of Review:             13/3/13

                              Carried out by:              K Legowski and T Krebbs

ENERGY

 

 

 

                           

1

Is there someone in your school who has special responsibility for monitoring the consumption of energy (electricity, heating etc.) in the school?

   YES

 

                                                                                If there is, who is it?

    Mr Krebbs

2

Are the energy meters (e.g. electricity meters) easily visible to pupils?

     NO

3

Has your school taken any of the following low-cost steps to reduce heat loss through windows?

 

 

                                                                         Draught excluding strips

   YES

 

                                                                                Solar reflecting film

     NO

 

                                                        Responsible class window monitors

     NO

4

Do the school windows have double glazing, triple glazing or energy-saving glass?

     NO

 

                                  If YES, then in how many rooms? (If All Write ALL)

 

5

Are any external (outside) doors self-closing?

   YES

 

               If YES, then how many doors are self-closing? (If All Write ALL)

    4

6

Are low-energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes used in school?

   YES

 

                                    If NO, then in how many rooms? (If All Write ALL)

 

7

Does each classroom have its own heating thermostat?

   YES

 

     If NO, then how many rooms have a thermostat? (If None Write NONE)

 

8

Are lights and electrical items turned off when not in use?

 

 

           Yes

9

Does the school have any of the following sources of renewable energy?

 

 

   Wind Generator:                  Solar Water PV Heating Panels:   

 

 

Wood Fuel Boiler:                        Ground Source Heat Pump:   

 

Any Further Comments on Energy:

Eco club monitor lights being turned off at lunchtime and award a prize for class with must positive stamps on chart – summer 2 focus each year

 

LITTER

 

1

How serious is the problem of rubbish/litter in the school grounds?

 

 

 

 

                                                        Not too bad, but could be improved

          

 

                                                                                                            

 

2

Does your school have a clear anti-litter policy?

   YES

3

Are there litter bins inside the school buildings?

   YES

 

                                                  How may of these are Full / Overflowing?

    5

 

                                                                   How many are about half full?

    6

 

                                                       How many are less than a quarter full?

    4

4

Are there any areas inside the school buildings that are littered where there are no bins?

     NO           

5

Are there enough litter bins in the school’s grounds?

   YES

 

                                                  How may of these are Full / Overflowing?

     0

 

                                                                   How many are about half full?

    6

 

                                                       How many are less than a quarter full?

    0

6

Are there any areas in the school grounds that are littered where there are no bins? Tree area – litter blown onto area rather than being dropped in schhol litter pickers responsible for clearing area

   YES

6

Are the bins generally

 

 

                                                                                            Big Enough?

   YES

 

                                Correct Design (holding in letter in windy conditions)?

   YES

 

                                                                                                       Clean

     NO

Any Further Comments on Litter

Litter picking ‘jobs’ given to children to litter pick . Lots of litter is being blown in from Dairycoates avenue – FS co-ordinator currently looking into changing fencing to prevent this from happening

 

WASTE / RECYCLING

 

1

Does the school carefully control the use of resources such as paper, pencils, ink cartridges, pens, envelopes etc?

 

 

                                                                                                            

 

 

Yes,

          

 

                                                                                                            

          

2

Does the school buy stationery products (paper, pencils, pens etc.) made from recycled content?

 

 

              Sometimes                    

3

Are hand towels and other disposable paper products purchased with recycled content?

 

 

         Some    

 

If So, note which products are and which aren’t

Paper towels – toilet rolls

 

4

Does the school recycle any of the following items of school waste?

 

 

                  Paper:    yes                            Inkjet cartridges:    yes                      Plastic:    yes

 

          Cardboard::    yes                                                     

 

Please describe other materials recycled

Fruit waste composted

 

5

What proportion of school food waste is composted?

 

 

Playtime fruit waste

6

Do you run any other recycling schemes to raise money for the school and / or involve the local community, e.g. mobile phones, jumble sales?

   YES

7

Does the school encourage reuse of materials, e.g. water bottles?

   YES

8

Does the school have any policies to reduce waste?

   YES

Any Further Comments on Waste / Recycling

Recently had a bring and buy book sale in school

 

WATER

 

1

Is there a water meter to record water use in school?

    YES

2

Is the meter easily visible to pupils?

     NO

3

Are pupils involved in taking and displaying readings?

     NO

4

Are the toilets designed to reduce water loss e.g. low-volume flush, flush on demand urinals etc.?

   YES

 

   If yes, then how many toilets are fitted with such devices (If all Write ALL)

    All

5

Are hand-basin taps of the push-on or self-stopping type?

     NO

 

                                                      If yes, then how many (If all Write ALL)

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6

Are taps left running?

 

 

                    No

7

Are dripping taps and other leaks fixed quickly?

   YES

 

If NO, then approximately how long do repairs take?

 

 

             2 – 3 Days

8

How often does the school run water-saving campaigns?

 

 

See below           

Any Further Comments on Water

Eco club recently had a half term focused on saving water – wrote to Yorkshire Water and were sent water saving bags which were fitted into all toilets

 

TRANSPORT

 

1

Do you monitor how pupils travel to school?

YES  

 

If Yes, how many pupils use the following transport to or from school – note total count of pupils see eco folder for surveys

 

 

        Walk:      ____________                 Bus:   ____________                                 Cycle:   ____________

 

Share taxi:      ____________       Share a car   ____________         Car single passenger    __________

 

TOTAL:  _______________                            Has this data been mapped?

   YES     NO

2

Does the school have dry and secure cycle storage?

   YES

 

                                           If Yes, is there sufficient space for all users?

   YES

3

Does the school offer cycle instruction?

   YES

 

                                                   If Yes, does it include on-road training?

   YES

 

                                                If Yes, does it meet the national standard

   YES

4

Does the school have a network of ‘safe routes’ to walk or cycle?

     NO

5

Does the school have any of the following:

 

 

   Walking Bus Scheme?:       NO                                Cycle Train:                   NO        

 

                 Park & Ride?:    NO         Other Similar Scheme:                   NO        

6

Does the school organise regular ‘walk to school’ or ‘cycle to school’ events?

          Yes          

7

Do any of the school transport vehicles (buses, taxis etc.) run on alternative fuels such as electricity, land-fill gas or vegetable-derived oils?

         N/A           

8

Does the school have a school travel plan?

   YES

9

Does the school have a pedestrian and cycle entrance that is separate from vehicle access?

   YES

Any Further Comments on Transport

Walk to school week planned for summer 2

 

HEALTHY LIVING

 

1

Does the school provide and promote healthier food at break times and lunchtimes?

   YES

2

Does the school include education on healthier eating and basic food safety practice in the taught curriculum?

   YES

3

Is there a system for monitoring whether children eat a balanced lunchtime diet over the week?

   YES

4

Does the school have drinking water easily available throughout the day?

   YES

5

Does the school offer all pupils a minimum of 2 hours physical activity a week within and outside the National Curriculum?

   YES

6

Does the school have a no-smoking policy for staff?

   YES

 

      If Yes, is this followed by all staff including carers, parents and staff?

   YES

7

Can classroom and other windows be opened to improve ventilation?

   YES

8

Are there green plants growing in pots in any classrooms?

     NO

 

                                           If Yes, in which classrooms? (If all Write ALL)

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9

Which of the following are commonly used by teachers?

 

 

        Water Based Markers:                                    Interactive Whiteboard:                             

 

                                                

10

Does the school use environmentally friendly cleaning products?

   YES

11

Do the school toilets have:

   YES to all

 

                  Locks:                             Toilet Paper:                         Sanitary Disposal Facilities:        

 

             Hot Water:                           Paper Towels:                       Sanitary Product Dispensers:        

Any Further Comments on Healthy Living

Nurse comes in  to promote healthy living on parents evening etc – covered in curriculum in all yr groups – sprting events ran in school by Hull FC to promote healthy lifestyles

 

BIODIVERSITY

 

1

Do the school grounds staff use chemical pesticides and herbicides?

 

 

           Never           

2

Does the school have any plants in containers, pots or beds in the school grounds?

 

 

      Yes Lots

3

Does the school have a wildlife, or conservation area?

   YES

 

               If Yes, is the area protected by fences or school rules, or both?

   YES

4

Does the School have any of the following

 

 

            Bat Boxes:     no                      Bird Boxes:    yes                 Log Piles for Invertebrates:    yes

 

        Bird Feeders:    yes                       Bird Baths:    yes                               Woodland Areas:    yes

 

Squirrel Feeders: no                             Pond: no                                    Butterfly Friendly Plants:  yes

 

    Species Record:     no                                      

 

If any of the above are ticked Yes, are pupils involved in looking after them ?

   YES

5

Does the school have links with any local or national environmental organisations?

   YES                

 

If Yes, then with Whom? (List)

National Wildlife Trust

Eco Schools

 

Any Further Comments on Biodiversity

Focus for eco club Autumnh 1 – insect hotel – hedgehog houses – bird feeders wild flowers – tree planting in local community

 

                                      

 

SCHOOL GROUNDS

 

1

What proportion (percentage) of the school’s grounds are?

 

 

  Grass Playing Field / Short Grass:      ______50%______               Long Grass         _____nil_______

 

         Conservation or Wildlife Area:      ______5%______                  Woodland:         _____25%______

 

                     Tarmac / Path / Roads      _____5%_______            Seating Areas:         ______40______

 

                 Flower / Vegetable Beds:      ______5%______      Activity Play Area:         ______10%______

 

                                              Other:      ____________                                      

2

What proportion (percentage) of the school’s boundaries are?

 

 

   Hedges & Trees:   _____25%_____    Wire or Railing      ____75%_______        Open      _______nil____

3

Does the school recycle garden or fruit/vegetable waste in a composter or wormery?

 

 

                                                    YES                                                              

 

                                             

4

Do you ever hold lessons or part of lessons outside?

   YES

5

Have pupils looked into the heritage of the school grounds?

YES  

Any Further Comments on School Grounds

Won several awards from Hull in Bloom for allotment – garden area

 

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

 

1

Do pupils consider how actions taken within the school affect people and the environment locally and globally?

   YES

 

If so please give examples

 

 

Local Action

Local Effect

Global Effect

Saving energy – energy police

Cut costs/bills

Climate change

Recycling

Cut costs – reduce landfill

Global resources

 

 

 

 

2

Of the Eco-Schools topics that you may have looked at in the past, have you explored how these issues might be approached in other parts of the world?

   YES

 

If so please give examples

 

 

Eco-Schools Topic

Location(s) Looked at

Rainforest

Ecuador

Paired school

Ghana

Global Awareness Day

Africa

 

 

3

Are the opportunities for considering global environmental issues maximised through the curriculum?

   YES

 

Has the school made use of materials from other organisations to help with this topic?

   YES          WWF – mighty zulu nation

4

Have the pupils considered other issues, such as

 

 

                                                                     Human Rights and Ethics

          NO           

 

                                                                                            Fair Trade

   YES

 

                                                                               Conflict resolution

     NO

Any Further Comments on Global Perspective

Multi cultural school so maximize opportunities to explore and learn about different locations through global awareness days – and curriculum

 

PUPIL PARTICIPATION

 

1

Do any of the issues considered in this environmental review feature in school assemblies?

   YES

 

Global perspectives – global awareness assembly featuring Mighty Zulu nation

Eco code shared with school covering all topics ablve

 

 

 

2

Are special environment-related lessons or visits undertaken by classes or groups e.g. paper making, visits to environmental venues etc?

   YES                

 

If so then list those in the last term, detailing the topic covered

 

Coastal Erosion

Rainforest

Recycling – see eco folder for examples of planning

 

 

3

Are pupils involved with local waste/recycling/conservation etc. projects outside school time or via links with schools abroad etc ?

   YES

 

If yes then list some examples

Links with Sewells builders – planted trees on site and learned about their recycling policies etc

Links with school in Ghana

 

 

COMMENTS / NOTES FOR ACTION

On completion of the Environmental Review fill in the following boxes with any comments relating to each topic and list possible actions that could be taken.  Some of these actions can then be used in your Action Plan

Energy

low energy light bulbs

heating on timer

draught excluders on doors

continue with energy police – spring 1 and summer 2

Litter

Reported to TK who collects regularly

Waste Minimisation / Recycling

Recycling collected by eco club

Taking part in waste week

Charting waste – creating graphs etc

 

Water

Metered

Low flush toilets

New taps /baisins being fitted

 

 

Transport

Encourage more children to walk to school

Review travel action plan

Walk to school week summer 2

 

Healthy Living

More plant growth in classrooms

Monitor healthy living eating plan

Biodiversity

Look at wet gardens

Keep in contact with Woodland trust

School Grounds

 Monitor growing area

Look at wormery/composter

Global Perspectives

Better ways of recycling to save our planet

Pupil Participation

Eco club – Mr Krebbs – Miss Richardson