Eco School

In September 2006 Ferryhill Primary was awarded it’s first green flag. We gained our second one in 2009, in February 2012 we achieved our third, in April 2015 we earned our fourth and in October 2017 we were awarded our fifth.  This is fantastic!

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The areas we are concentrating on are:

LITTER

Primary 5 children continue to monitor litter in the playground as litter pickers. Monitors regularly weigh the amount of litter collected and report back to the school on the amount collected awarding red, amber or green on the amount of litter having to be picked off the ground.

At the beginning of this year, we noticed we had collected a lot of litter compared to other months so we decided to look at the different kinds of litter we were throwing away. We found out that most of our litter comes from crisp packets, plastic bottles and fruit. We shared what we found out with the rest of the school and we have managed to collect less litter each month since then. Click here to find out how much litter we collected each month.

 

 

SCHOOL GROUNDS

Willow Tunnel

Staff from Marks and Spencer PLC came to build a willow tunnel in the school grounds. They worked really hard and did a fantastic job.

willow tunnel

Rainbow Garden

Staff from Royal London North came to the Rainbow Garden and repainted all the benches and raised beds, weeded the beds and made it a really welcoming place for the children again. The Eco Committee wrote a letter to say thank you for all their hard work. Click here to see a copy of the letter.

 

WASTE MINIMISATION

The school continues to recycle paper and cardboard. Every class and office has a recycling box or bag which is regularly emptied into the larger storage unit in the school grounds. The school regularly organises a Rag Bag day where unwanted items e.g. clothes, curtains etc. from home can be brought to school and taken away to be recycled. This helps to raise some funds. Click here to see how much we have raised through the Ragbag scheme so far.

 

 

Recycling Ink Cartridges
As part of our Eco-Schools Policy, we recycle ink cartridges. Please give your child any
old cartridges to bring into school.

SUSTAINING OUR WORLD

The Eco Committee worked with Mr Fullerton to investigate the journey of recycled fabric through the Ragbag scheme. We found out lots of really interesting information and decided to make our own comics about what we found out. We went round classes to tell them what we had found out and show the comics that we have made.

rag bag comic

We have been working in our classes to find out what are schools Global Footprint is. Primary 6 investigated how far food travelled to make up our pack lunch and created a poster about “Food miles”. At playtime, children have been surveying different kinds of plants and minibeasts. The Eco Committee contacted Ewan McGeer, an energy surveyor for our school, he sent us information about how much water, gas and electricity we use and we are now thinking of ways to reduce these. Choose either water, gas or electricity to look at the information that Ewan sent us.

Packed lunch food miles
Packed lunch food miles

The Pupil Council organised a Red Nose Day on March 24 2017. Classes looked at the website before, during and after our assembly and we found out how the money that we raised could help provide food shelter and clothing for families around the world.

Red Nose Day certificate

BIODIVERSITY

Primary 6 have been working with the Eco Committee to find out how many different kinds of bees we have in our Rainbow Garden. They took some Bee ID sheets and counted the different kinds of bees they found. We made a graph with the results.

Bees at Ferryhill

The Eco Committee have shared different survey sheets with children in the Rainbow Garden and everyone has enjoyed finding out about mini beasts and the different kinds of trees that we have in our school grounds. Click here to see the mini beast survey sheet and here for a tree ID sheet.

 

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Other classes in the school have been busy planting wildflowers, tomatoes and potatoes in our garden. We are trying to grow our own food and we want the bees to help us with this.

 

The Eco Committee have been trying to find out why bees are so important and recently they had a Bee Assembly so that they could share all their information with us. At the assembly, we found out why bees are disappearing, how they help us and how we can help them. We asked the rest of the school where they thought we should put our new bee hotels and we decided to put them in the forest in the backfield. Click here to find out what was in our Bee Assembly presentation.

 

We’re always looking for new ideas to improve our environment.