Over the past ten years, we have been committed to teaching sustainability and environmental awareness. In 2007 the school joined the Eco Schools program, and in 2016 we achieved our fourth green flag. This is all down to the tremendous work of our Eco Warriors. They tirelessly ‘spy’ on each class to check and turn off taps, lights, interactive whiteboards and to even check doors and windows. They also litter pick daily. With the support of Mrs Hunter-Lacey, they also fund raise for our school gardens and are always thinking of ways to support our global environment with special events such as the Water Aid pipeline challenge or encouraging everyone to follow the frog to support rain forests sustainability with their own, child led, assemblies.
In 2008 we had a large wind turbine installed. This was paid for with money raised through fundraising and grants. In the same year we won an Ashden Award for our work on sustainability and used the prize money to build a beautiful outdoor classroom made from willow. We were also lucky enough to win the National Energy Efficiency Awards in 2008. We have continued to develop relationships with organisations such as The Living Rain Forest and other schools, as a mentor and flagship school.
This week (November 2020) has seen the launch of WOW, our walk to school scheme. It has been great to hear about all the children walking, scooting or riding into school for at least 10minutes of their journey.
To help promote WOW a competition was launched to design a poster. This poster had to tell us, ‘Why should we walk to school?” The three winners are: Chloe and George, Isis and Summer. You can see their winning designs below and around the school soon.
November saw the launch of the WOW initiative at Sandhills school. Every day the children recorded how they travelled to school. There has been a real buzz around how everyone has travelled to school and consequently we have seen an increase of children wanting to be more environmentally friendly about their travel into school. Many children, who may live further away, have been asking their parents to park away from the school so that they could walk the final 10minutes and say they travelled via the ‘park and stride’.
Overall, the Sandhills children have earnt 121 badges and their names have been celebrated in the school newsletter. Also, there was a trophy to be won by the class who had the most amount of children travelling to school in an environmentally friendly way. For November, we are pleased to say 1P have won the trophy with 93% children travelling in an environmentally friendly way.
We wonder which class will win it for December?