Riverhead Eco Code
Because we care about our school we will:
The school Eco Code was created by the children for the school and embodies the ethos of taking responsibility for working together towards a sustainable world.
We are fortunate to have an iconic building and beautiful grounds and caring for it provides all children with an understanding of their responsibility for the environment. Activities to promote these responsibilities are embedded in the curriculum and extended through a range of clubs and groups.
The school kitchen garden, the woodland, the meadow and the surrounding areas within the school grounds give ample opportunity for all children to begin to develop an understanding of the positive impact they can have on the environment and the responsibility they can take. A recycling station is central within the school and all members of our community are encouraged to participate in recycling.
We have installed solar panels on the roof of the school and work constantly to reduce our carbon footprint. The electricity we generate is monitored in the school hall and the information gathered is used in our numeracy and science lessons.
DROWNING IN PLASTIC!
We were very impressed by Thomas Long’s, concerns after watching the BBC documentary “Drowning in Plastic”. Thomas wrote to Ms Bradley to ask if the school could try to use less plastic. His ideas included using bamboo cups and having class discussions about how we can reduce plastic at home. We could all learn a lesson from Thomas and we remind parents to recycle whenever possible, so please think carefully before buying new water bottles or spare lunch bands. Do you really need them? Are they broken or just lost? If so, have a look for them before you buy new ones!
Our Eco Club children tended the vegetables in the kitchen garden. They donated lots of potatoes to the Harvest Festival, but the marrows were so big they wouldn’t fit into the bags so they sold them to parents and made £8.00 for the Umoyo project!
Last school year Savills gave every child in Reception a packet of Sunflower seeds. The children nurtured them and watched them grow into beautiful sun flowers, and Harriet Stephens from Savills gave our gardeners prizes to congratulate them on their growing skills. The winner was Rosie Sophie Fellows whose sunflower grew to a fantastic 3.1 metres!
HELPING REDUCE PLASTIC
The little things we do to help reduce plastic all add up and every one of us has a responsibility to raise awareness of waste and recycle when they can. The PTA have decided to use paper party bags instead of plastic punnets for the Summer Fair. Our fruit company are also in discussion with their suppliers to reduce packaging and produce less plastic waste. Term Six's Golden Rule is “we look after property” and we urge parents to think twice before buying school plastic bottles or lunch bands. Do you really need them? Are they lost forever, or on the lost property trolley; or underneath the sofa?
PHIL THE BAG
Thank you to Mrs Rowberry and her team for organising another very successful “Wear It Again Sale”. Everyone seemed really pleased with their purchases and the event raised £574. We also recycled fabric for the “Phil the Bag” scheme. Textiles donated are sold on and distributed to people who can use them in developing countries. A huge pile of bin bags were collected and we will let you know of the total raised once we have it.
FLYING THE ECO FLAG
We were assessed by the Eco School Committee, who visited us to ensure that we are keeping up with, and striving to, improve our Eco Status, and we are pleased to announce that we passed with flying colours! Making us one of only 24 schools in the country to receive the award.
Well done to everyone for continuing to care about the world we live in. A big well done also goes to Eco Club for continuing to reminding us all about the importance of making little changes such as turning off lights, recycling batteries etc. and growing our own food. They recently sold some of the onions they had grown and pickled and made an amazing
£15.00 which will go towards the Umoyo Orphan Project.
RECYCLING OUR COMPUTERS
Recycling is a major part of our Eco Status. We recently donated some of our old computers to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets so that they could continue their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Please click on the link below to read their lovely thank you letter.
ECO WASTE WEEK!
During our Waste Week the children have been thinking about reducing waste and recycling and reusing everyday items to have a positive impact on our environment.
The Parish Council invited us to join them to take part in “Clean for the Queen” event in the run up to The Queen’s 90th birthday on April 21stt. The aim was to inspire a million people to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter picking in their local area to make their surroundings a more beautiful place to live and attack the blight of litter. We are very proud to be part of the event and during our waste week the whole school took part in clearing our grounds and surrounding paths of over 740 items of litter ranging from bits of paper to crisp packets! A very big thank you to all the parents who helped out on the day and to Mrs Adem to organised the event. We must also thank Mr. Veness who ensures that the recycling bins in classrooms are emptied regularly and for encouraging the children to “litter pick” at lunchtimes!
A quarter of a million litter-picker heroes aged from 18 months to 80 picked up an amazing 1,200 tonnes of litter in the most monumental of all litter clear-ups from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March 2016. Why not be inspired by visiting the gallery of photographs on the “Keep Britain Tidy” Facebook gallery, and don’t forget our three “R’s” Eco Code – Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle!
RECYCLING OUR FOOD SCRAPS!
Have you ever wondered what happens with all the leftover fruit the children are given at break time? Well it goes to a very good home. Mrs Clark, who was a teacher here at Riverhead, feeds them to her pig Percy who she has reared from a piglet. He really enjoys the scraps along with his friends and they help fatten him up!
ECO CLUB - BUSY BEES PROJECT
ECO Club built a bee hotel to take part in a competition run in conjunction with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and were successfully shorted listed. When KCC they spoke to the children involved with the project.
Our recycling centre is situated in the entrance hall. We recycle batteries (we have recycled an amazing 42kg since September 2013), stamps, ink cartridges, mobile phones and cameras, plastic carrier bags and now old plastic water bottles (please click on the link below for more information).
During an ECO Assembly, everyone was reminded of our ECO code and we discussed the importance of recycling and the effect it has on our environment.
DISPLAY ENERGY CERTIFICATE
In March 2013 we were given our annual “Display Energy Certificate” by the Government following an analysis of how much energy the school uses, and we were very pleased to say that our rating dropped from 101 five years ago, to 83. The building’s annual production of CO2 emissions has also dropped from 74 to 61 tonnes per year. As part of our ECO theme we invested in a new Weather Station where the children can measure how much rain is collected, look at the pressure barometer, see which direction the wind is blowing and also find the different compass points. We have also got a brand new solar powered “Stop Clock” for the children to time races and activities on the playground.
Ms Perry and some of the children made an amazing Scarecrow, out of recycled material, for the RHS competition at Hampton Court.
We won a place in the final and met the Countess of Wessex.
RECEIVING OUR GREEN FLAG AWARD
In December 2011, after three years of hard work, we were presented with our Green Flag Award which is the highest award for Eco Schools. The international Eco Green Flag award encourages schools to be sustainable and provides a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school and home life.
As part of the process the children were encouraged to become responsible citizens by saving energy and water; promoting walking to school; encouraging healthy living through growing, harvesting and cooking their own food; litter picking and discouraging waste.
Our award was presented to us by The Chairman of Sevenoaks District Council and proudly flies at the front of the school.
RIVERHEAD ECO WEEK 2010!
During our ECO Week, the children learnt about climate change and were reminded of their environmental responsibilities. On Global Awareness Day they enjoyed a visit from the 'Iroko Theatre Company'. We performed our ECO Summer Pageant, which included dance, songs and poems to families, friends and neighbours. On 'Earth Day' we focussed on how to use less energy and banned the use of electricity in school (except for the essentials) all afternoon!
Further information and a copy of our Green Procurement Policy can be found in the Governors' Section of the web site via the following link Green Procurement Policy.