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Awarded Green flag award
In October 2019 we were awarded our Green Flag from " Keep Britain tidy" well done to the whole school community and our fabulous Eco Warriors.
Big School's Birdwatch 2020
On Wednesday 5th February, the Garlinge Eco Reps took part in the Big School’s Birdwatch campaign by the RSPB. We went to a quiet part of the school so that we could observe birds peacefully and this is what we saw: 2 blackbirds 2 house sparrows 1 carrion crow 1 magpie 3 herring gulls 10 wood pigeons We talked about how important it is to give our nature a helping hand and the types of foods we can give to birds. We really enjoyed ticking off the birds that we saw and it gave us the opportunity to talk about all of the birds we see at school, such as our beautiful robins, jays, goldfinches, chaffinches and woodpeckers. We were disappointed that these regular visitors didn’t put in an appearance, however we understand that they were probably busy finding food elsewhere.
Switch Off Fortnight 2019 - Closing
On Wednesday 4th December, the Eco Warriors took to the classrooms throughout the school to see if our Switch Off message made an impression. During our first survey we found that: 28 lights were left on, 18 whiteboards were left on and 45 devices were left on. After our fortnight of campaigning we found that: 4 lights were left on, 12 whiteboards were left on and 24 devices. This means, we have saved 10.45 kWh of energy! If we carried on, we would save 2038 kWh of energy! That’s the equivalent of £8472 and 10 pence! Our Eco Reps delivered another spectacular assembly sharing the positive impact of our campaign and encouraging everyone to continue to do their part to save energy. Keep switching off everyone !
Switch Off Fortnight 2019 - Launch
On Wednesday 13th December, the Eco Warriors split into 3 groups to travel around the school to complete a survey of any electrical appliances that were switched on and not in use. During our survey we found that: 28 lights were left on, 18 whiteboards were left on and 45 devices were left on. Our Eco Reps then divided into two teams and presented fantastic assemblies to all the children in KS1 and KS2. They told everyone the importance of saving electricity and the positive impact it would have on our environment. They urged everyone to do their part and make sure that they were switching off things that were not being used. They also warned them that they would be coming back to their classrooms to see if their words had made an impact. The Eco reps created posters and campaigned for two weeks with the aim of reducing our energy usage. Stay tuned for the results … (but in the meantime, make sure you’re switching off!)
What's Under Your Feet - October 2019
On Wednesday 16th October, the Garlinge Eco Reps investigated which invertebrates were in our soil. We split up into two groups and explored two different areas around the school. Overall, this is what we found: 1 worm 1 slug 2 centipedes and millipedes 1 spider 4 ants We think there were not a lot of invertebrates due to the cold weather. Observing our efforts were: 2 house sparrows 2 magpies 10 gulls We really enjoyed delving into the soil beneath our feet and we hope that our findings are useful to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). We look forward to the next part of the campaign which will take place in March and are curious to see what differences in the amount / types of invertebrates we will uncover...
St Wilfrid's video goes viral!
Be empowered with our energy video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw__c1vZtwc
St Wilfrid's Sensational Switch Off Campaign
Switch Off video campaign heralded a great success at St Wilfrid's!
Switch Off Fortnight Success
We have successfully compleated Switch off Fortnight and plan to keep switching off every day.