The children at High Down Infant School were concerned about environmental issues and therefore the school joined the eco-schools project. We now have an eco-committee of children (two from each class) who meet regularly with our eco-schools co-ordinator, Mrs Amy Easterbrook, to consider ways we can improve the school. We also have an adult committee made up of staff, parents and governors who develop these ideas further.
This year we are concentrating on saving energy around the school. Each class have monitors who check that lights and computers are turned off when they are not needed. The governors have also supported this aspect by improving the heating system in the main building and developing thermostatic controls in the classrooms.
Previously the eco-groups challenged the school to reduce paper wastage and this led to the school joining Parent Mail to move most of the correspondance with parents onto an electronic system. The governing body also moved their documents online. This has saved a vast amount of paper being sent from the school.
The eco-group have also developed our wildlife space which has since gained a 'silver standard' from the Big Wildlife Gardens Award.
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During Healthy Living Week ( 21st -25th Oct) we will be thinking about where our food comes from. It would really help us if you could talk with your child about where our food comes from and how we ship our food all over the world.
We will be taking part in this exciting initiative in November. More details to follow.