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Eco Council

Eco Council meet weekly on Wednesdays to discuss important matters brought to their attention by members of their class or the staff.

Walk to School Week 16th - 20th May

We are looking forward once again to taking part in the 'Walk to School Week' from 16th – 20th May.

This nationwide event is organised by the walking charity ‘Living Streets’. The theme of this year’s event is ‘#Power Up’ and will engage pupils through video game style design, encouraging all our children to travel to school in a sustainable way by walking, scooting, cycling or 'Park and Stride' every day of the week.

Each day will see a level unlocked and a new mission to complete, through which pupils will discover the incredible benefits of walking for individuals, communities and the planet.

Last year over 88% of pupils walked to school over the week. Let’s see if we can make that even higher this year.

A letter giving more information has been sent to all families by email. A copy can also be found on the website under Parent Information/general school letters.

Competition Winner - April 2022

During the Autumn Term, we did a lot of work with the charity Sustrans. They are the charity that promote walking and cycling to school. They work with local authority partners to improve the area around schools by reducing traffic speed and volume and making safer spaces for active travel.

In Autumn 2021, Sustrans were commissioned to work with schools in West Sussex on a short-term project to open up discussion about active and sustainable travel to school and run activities and sessions to enable more children to walk and cycle. The project culminated in a banner design competition for school-gate banners. The competition’s theme was road safety outside schools

Our Eco Council and Art Council entered this competition with the winning banner being used by West Sussex County Council outside all the primary schools in West Sussex. Four of our pupils were short listed but we are very excited to announce that Rhiannon in Year 6 won the competition and her banner can now be seen outside our school as well as other primary schools across West Sussex. Her banner focused on the positive benefits to the community of walking to school and not parking outside the school. The banner impressed the panel with its clarity of design, use of colours and the simplicity of the message. Huge congratulations to Rhiannon on this amazing achievement.

 

Thank you from Eco Council - Jan 2022

Thank you to everyone who has been helping us with our recycling at school - pens, ink cartridges and textiles. As you may remember, the school benefits financially from the textiles and ink cartridges collected and we have started to receive money for both of these.

For the recycled textiles, we have received £51.80 and for the ink cartridges, £25.30. This is £77.10 in total.  The Eco Council will be discussing the best way to use this money.

Thank you to everyone for supporting these initiatives and please keep collecting and recycling to help us raise more funds.

Sustrans Air Quality Testing 

Last Thursday, we had a return visit from Paul Turner from the charity 'Sustrans' with the results of the air quality testing carried out before Half Term.  On his last visit, Paul and Eco Council put up three nitrous dioxide diffusion tubes - one in a classroom, one on the field and one just outside the main entrance.  

The results showed were concerning as the amount of nitrous dioxide in the air is above the WHO recommended levels both on the field and outside the main entrance.  Children in Year 5 then had a workshop with Paul and wrote letters to Tim Loughton MP explaining the results found and making suggestions for possible solutions to the problem such as reducing speed limits and adding more cycle lanes to encourage more people to use sustainable transport.  They are hoping to get a response from him.

   

New Recycling container

You may have noticed that today we took delivery of a textile recycling container in our front car park. This is part of our school recycling commitment which our Eco Council and Mrs Miller are leading on.

This recycling facility is for the whole school community to use and the school will benefit financially from the textiles that are collected (weight = income).

As you will appreciate, initiatives such as this come with Terms and Conditions. The key points for us are what can and can not be placed in the container. This information will be listed below.

Please feel free to use the facility at the beginning and end of the school day. The container will be emptied every fortnight. Please do not leave textiles on the ground (if the container is full) as the company will not receive wet goods.

Thank you in advance for supporting this project. 

Quality and Material Accepted

Astra Recycling will continually monitor the quality of all the collected material on a regular basis from the external bin collections.

We accept the following wearable items:

  • All men's, ladies and children's clothing
  • Paired Shoes
  • Handbags, bags, ties and belts
  • Bed clothes, towels, soft toys

Astra Recycling cannot accept the following items:

  • Duvets both synthetic and feathered
  • Pillows & cushions
  • Carpets & Rugs
  • Soiled or wet clothing
  • Workwear e.g. (overalls/tabards)
  • Shredded or mutilated textile material
  • Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material

Sustrans Bike Day 

Year 1 braved the weather on Wednesday and had lots of fun taking part in a bike skills day run by the charity Sustrans.  This was a great opportunity for them to improve and develop their cycling skills and gain confidence on a bike.  Some children rode without stabilizers for the first time.

    

 

Sustrans Air Quality Day

On Thursday 14th October, we had a visit from Paul Turner from the charity 'Sustrans' which encourages children to use sustainable transport to travel to school.  He led an assembly for KS2 children, as well as a short workshop for each junior school class.  He was telling us about the quality of the air around us and the impact the use of cars has on the air we breathe. The children had the opportunity to look for lichen in our outside environment through microscopes which can indicate the quality of the air around us.  Eco Council helped him to set up some diffusion tubes in different places which will collect air over the next few weeks and then be sent back to the charity to assess what the air is like in different areas of our school.  We look forward to hearing the results.

  

Recycling at Broadwater 

There are two new bins in the foyer to the school.  One is for recycling pens - ball points, felt pens, marker pens, highlighters - any sort of pen but no pencils please. 

These will be recycled as part of the TerraCycle scheme, through Worthing Boys' Club and raise money for the school.  The more we recycle, the more funds the school receives.  

We collect any old and used pens and they go to Worthing Boys' Club who have found a source within the Terracycle community who is willing to donate money raised for recycled pens direct to our school. This involves collecting pens, passing them to her and when the weight is enough, she will send them off.  Twice a year, money then gets donated to our school.  So, the more pens we recycle, the more money we raise.  Each class has a box to collect recycled pens so please save your old ones, send them in with your child to and help raise money for the school.

The second bin is for recycling ink cartridges.  This can be any make of ink cartridge but not toner or laser cartridges.  These will be recycled through the 'Recycle 4 Charity' scheme and again will raise money for our school.

Please collect all your pens and ink cartridges and drop them off in the bins in the foyer so that we help the environment and raise money for the school too.  Please share this with your family and friends and encourage them to recycle too.