Hawes Side Primary School On the Path to Sustainability .
• Hawes side is a large primarySchool in the south shore areaof Blackpool with over 580children.• We registered with•Eco-Schools in 2009•In 2010 we achieved theBronze and Silver Awards•In April 2011 we achieved ourfirst Green Flag.•We are members of the GreenCouncil elected by our peersfor this academic year.
People often think that you need to make huge expensive changes to become environmentallyfriendly but sometimes its the small inexpensive changes that can make the biggest differences.
Reducing the amount of wasted energy byswitching off lights and electrical applianceswhen they are not needed. Opening blindsand using natural day light reduces need forroom lights .Appoint energy monitors from each class andPower Rangers to Patrol school. We even gaveclasses penalty notices for leaving things on.This has helped us to cut our energy bill in thelast year by 25%.Reducing consumption of paper throughmonitoring by the council, naming andshaming high consumers of paper. Bytaking advantage of ICT opportunities suchas texting service for parents , electronicregisters and visualisers – all of which savespaper.
Not only can you reuse paper andcardboard but have you tried, -changing old shoes, sinks, bottlesinto plant pots and containers.Last term our year 2 made modelsfrom waste materials at home.
once we have tried to reduce our consumption of materials and re use themwhere possible we then try to recycle as much as possible. In our school werecycle all of the following. We also ask the school community to help inrecycling things you would not normally recycle at home.
Learn together about the environment by getting involved with some of thefantastic organisations available to schools. These are just some we have beeninvolved with this year.The POD website linked to Eco Schools– haslots of ideas. This is some work children didfollowing switch off fortnight .
Blackpool Council offers free Global Renewables offers free wasteeducation workshops teaching education workshops and visitschildren about the three R’s for schools.
Woodland Trust –learning about theimportance andcare of trees.
The whole school watched ouronline chicken camera as theyhatched in spring. Children learntabout their life cycle , and needsfrom reception through to year 6.Children now look after them intheir new home in the school quad.
Year 4 learning about FairTrade and presenting to theheadteacher. Before launchingFair Trade fortnight in school.
Keeping the schools grounds clearwith a Big tidy up. Graphing theresults and creating a wholeschool litter policy.
Our Green Council Blog acts as our evidenceportfolio, notice board, a place to share ideas,post meeting minutes and log our learning.Not only that its easy to maintain and paperfree.Just one way technology can help theenvironment.
Celebrate the small steps aswell as the big steps togetheras a whole school.Every half term our councilshares its achievements andcelebrates with the rest of theschool.
Where ever possible we involve thecommunity in our work. Whether it isinvolving parents in tree planting days orgardening, Fair Trade or the school travelplan and recycling keeping the communityupdated is key. We also have parents andgovernors on our Eco team. We regularly keepin touch with the community through newsletters, the blog and online questionnaires.
We created an eco code together as a school, one for Infants and one for juniors,so that everyone could understand our aims
At Hawes Side we activelyencourage wildlife through oursensory garden, and our wildlife garden. We have a wellestablished pond, bird boxesand feeder areas, dead wood ,stone areas for insects. We haveset a side part of the school fieldfor trees and wild flowers.We have a very active gardeningclub who take care of thegrowing beds. Food grown isthen used in the school kitchen.
We love to learn about what other schools are doing and this is a key feature oftodays conference , to share good practise and learn from each other.We now have a short activity for you to try. In front of you there are somemystery bags. Inside there are lots of ideas on how to be come a greener , moresustainable school. Take it in turns to pick an idea from the bag and thinkwhether it would work in your school. If you have tried the idea and havedeveloped it further please share it with others so we can all benefit.