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St Mary’s CE VC Primary School

Eco-Code

At St Mary’s we will all persevere to:

 

Save carbon emissions by walking to school and by car sharing whenever possible.

 

Turn down the heating and turn off the lights and taps whenever applicable

 

Minimise our utility bills

 

Actively RECYCLE, REDUCE, REPAIR and REUSE Resources

 

Year in year out respect and nurture our school grounds including the ‘Countryside’ area ensuring

 

Success in us all creating a more environmentally friendly school, whilst involving the wider community, to learn and to live in.

The assembly, hosted by our Eco-Schools Committee, reminded everyone of our Eco-code and included the annual review of our Anti-Litter Policy. A litter pick was

demonstrated so that all pupils can be involved in keeping our school grounds clean and tidy. The majority of rubbish comes in off the nearby roads.

 

Our latest Action Plan has been created by the Eco-Beavers filling in the Environmental Review, covering all of the Eco-Schools nine topics. To cover the Global Citizenship topic we are going to write to the Mayor of Nogent-Sur-Oise (twinning town of Beverley) to

ask if we could contact a primary school there to become pen-friends with. A very popular idea with our children.

 

We have achieved so much over the last two years that we are now in the process of

applying for the Green Flag (the top award).

 

Thank you very much for your support.

The donation of 60 tree hedge saplings from The Woodland Trust were planted in our Countryside on Wednesday.  Mr Sewell and Mrs Fowler were very grateful to have the assistance of two parents, who were both wowed by what they saw.

 

A massive Thank You to the parents who helped.

  

 

 

‘Switch Off Fortnight’

The Eco-Beavers organised an Eco-Schools Assembly last week, introducing the whole school to the ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ Energy Saving campaign, which began on Monday. EDF’s The Pod has provided free resources including posters, badges, stickers and certificates to inform and encourage us to all reduce our energy bills.  Simple actions such as turning off lights when the children are outside and turning down the heating during milder weather will make a difference.

 

We hope the children help to reduce energy bills at home too!

Tesco, like other large retailers are required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for each carrier bag used by a customer. Proceeds generated from sales of the bags will be given to good causes, as set out by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. It's all part of the government's drive to reduce waste.

 

We have been successful in applying for a Community grant, administrated by the environmental improvement charity Groundwork, for our 'COUNTRYSIDE' area. After assessing our application they then shortlisted it, sending it our local Tesco regional panel, which chose our project, along with two others.

Fabulous news as we are guaranteed £8,000! It is now down to a public vote on who receives £8.ooo, £10,ooo  or £12.ooo! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

The in store voting takes place at the Beverley and Market Weighton Tesco supermarkets between Saturday 27th February and Sunday 6th March 2016.

Customers will be given a token to place in a voting unit, choosing between the three projects. OUR COUNTRYSIDE NEEDS YOU!

Online customers can vote too if they take their delivery note to the store, where they will be given a token.

 

The money awarded will go towards a large pond, surrounded by a hedgerow and native plants, attracting bees, butterflies, frogs and birds, as well as a host of other creatures.

A beautiful haven, right on our doorstep, to be used for outdoor learning and relaxation, not only for our school community but for other groups too.

 

Thank you for your support, in anticipation, from all of us at St Mary's CE VC Primary School.

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