Our new Eco Council meets weekly with Mrs Parker and consists of pupil representatives for each year group (known as our Eco Warriors). Mrs Brotton also supports with the eco initiatives across the school. They are leading the promotion of the issues of sustainability, recycling and our environment in school.
Switch Off Fortnight is a year event run by EDF Energy that schools can choose to take part in to raise awareness of how much electricity we could save both at school and at home.
This year, our amazing Eco Warriors launched the event with a fantastic presentation assembly to the class, discussing the effects the over usage of electricity can have on us and the environment. The children then led the way by doing daily checks on the classrooms to ensure lights and other big electrical items were switched off when not in use. Each class also took part in a planned lesson to increase the children's understanding of how and why it is important to save electricity.
Since September, our Eco Warriors have been thinking of new ways to encourage our school community to recycle more. One idea they had was to introduce a pen recycling scheme. This has been a great success throughout the Autumn term with the collection of many used whiteboard pens and biros across the whole school which have been kindly deposited at the recycling centre in York by Mrs Brotton. Well done Eco Warriors!
Our Eco Warriors (again, with the help of Mrs Brotton) have introduced soft drink can recycling bins both in the school entrance porch and near the staff room to enable staff and families to recycle any washed, used cans they may have at home. Once these bins are full they will be collected by a York based charitable organisation called 'Choose2 Youth' who will recycle to cans to provide much needed funds for their many projects.
Choose2 Youth is a not for profit social enterprise working with children, young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs in York and North Yorkshire.
The Eco Council are currently working hard to achieve our first Eco Schools Award at Green Hammerton. We will update you on our progress very soon. Watch this space!