Our hard work continues as we strive to get better and better! We are working towards our 7th Green Flag now, but feel the need to continue to develop our understanding of the impact we have and can have on the world we live in. We are currently learning all about the Global Goals with Mrs Taylor in our assemblies, and embedding this work in our classroom practice. Mrs Kennedy is working with us to help us to become a Rights Respecting School.
So far this year our activities have included:
-Work on the Global Goals.
-Work towards becoming a Rights Respecting School.
-We have fed the birds and took part in the RSPB Big School Birdwatch.
-Work with Dr Lorna Brown to understand how we can prevent the spread of ‘Invasive Species’.
-Work with Jenny Grant (Countryside Ranger) to understand how we can prevent Wild Fires. We are making signs to go up in the local area to keep tourists and visitors to our area informed.
-We have sold some of our school produce as part of our enterprise work.
-Charlotte has set up a Wildlife Club. Pupil Council have purchased a camera. Charlotte is running this club every Monday and Friday lunchtime.
-We are learning about food, sustainability and crofting. The children have had visits from local producers. We are going to Glachbeg Croft to find out more in February.
We have our 6th Green Flag! We have worked so hard to achieve this and we are rightly very proud of our achievement – an achievement which has even received a letter from Buckingham Palace. WOW!
Many many thanks to all of our friends and partners who have helped us on our way. This year’s activities have included:
-Tree planting at Beinn Eighe
-Making our own homework bags
-Banishing the laminator!
-Planting and growing our own food
-Feeding the birds and taking part in the RSPB bird watch.
-Surveying and cutting down on the use of plastic throughout the school and nursery.
-Surveying lunch boxes and reducing plastic use, with an aim to remove single use plastic from our lunchboxes by the Summer of 2020.
-We entered our produce into the local show.
-The children learnt about endangered species and used some of their pupil council money to adopt a snow leopard.
-We learnt about UNCRC and SHANARRI in asssembly and started working towards the Global Goals.
This year we achieved our 5th Green Flag! It looks great on our flag pole. Please come and see it. But that doesn’t mean our work is complete. We have been working just as hard as ever to look after our local environment and learn about environmental issues. This has included:
-Taking care of the birds.
-Catch me if you Cam project with local ranger Jenny Grant.
-Cone collection,seed gathering and planting at Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve including close working relationships with SNH.
-Participation in an ASG event at Gairloch Primary School where we worked with experts from RSPB, local ranger service and local wildlife agencies to learn about sealife and how to protect our oceans.
-Participation in the local UNESCO award ceremony for our local area.
-Work alongside Scottish Hydro to learn about the new Hydro scheme and our school named the new water turbines.
-Litter pick in our local community to keep our local area clean and tidy.
-Boat trip from Inverewe Gardens to learn about sealife in the area.
-Growing of produce in our school garden which we have used to make food in school. We entered our produce in the Gairloch and District Show and won prizes.
-RSPB Big School Birdwatch.
-Walk to School week.
We work very hard to make sure that we care for the environment and protect our world for future generations to enjoy. The children work hard on an ongoing basis to maintain the high standard of work in this area. Please see our photo gallery for photos showing some of the things we have been working on this year.
This year -to date – we have been involved in the following projects:
Harvest – we harvested our potatoes and onions and made delicious soup. Yum!
Transport and Sustainability – we learnt all about transport, pollution and sustainable transport.
Willow – we have been learning about the different types and uses of willow, and have plans to make a willow den in our school grounds.
Apples and plums – YUM YUM YUM. We enjoyed a bountiful harvest and had plenty of fresh fruit for snack.
Gardening Club – many thanks to Hazel for running a weekly gardening club. The children have made a wormery, helped to tidy and maintain the school grounds, and are looking forward to spring!
Daffodils – we have planted daffodils in the school grounds.
Green Manure – this year we have tried out using green manure to protect and enrich our veggie beds.
RSPB Big School Bird Watch – we have worked with Jenny, (Highland Council Country Side Ranger), and Judith (RSPB) to learn about, take care of, and count our local bird population. We also work with Stuart (SNH) to study the birds at Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve.
Appointment – Eco Warriors – Lola and Charlotte have been appointed as Eco Warriors, and help to remind everyone to turn off lights, feed the birds, and they also do weekly litter picks to make sure our school grounds are kept clean and tidy.
Christmas – we collected greenery from the school grounds and used this to make candle decorations for the community church service.
Christmas Play – our Christmas Play this year was all about Global Warming. The children learnt about Climate change and what they can do to help. We spread our message to the local community during our performance of Ali the Penguin Saved the World.
Fruity Fridays – Kenneth and Lottie have started to make us a healthy snack on Fridays. We hope to be able to plan and grow some of this food in our school garden this year.
Community Litter pick and litter lesson with Jenny Grant, Countryside Ranger. March 2017. The children took the litter they had collected and recycled what they could in the blue bins.
Rag Bag Collection – from the local community. Encouraging the reuse and recycling of old clothes and sustainable living. March 2017.
*Bird Feeding, recycling, litter picking, maintaining our flower beds and taking care of planters, looking after wildlife, outdoor education, daily mile.
UP AND COMING:
*Spring welly walk with Jenny, our countryside ranger.
*Vegetable Beds are to be planted soon.
*Tallest sunflower competition.
Want to get involved? We are always looking for ideas, help and advice. If you have anything that you would like to share please let us know. We would be very pleased to hear from you.
OUR ECO CODE
GARDENING IS GREAT – GROW FOR YOUR PLATE
CREATE A BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SPACE
REMEMBER… REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
ENERGY’S COOL, DON’T BE A FOOL – CLICK THAT SWITCH TO OFF!
PROTECT & RESPECT THE CREATURES AND HABITATS THAT SHARE OUR PLANET!
KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND GREEN
IT’S YOUR PLANET SO DON’T BE MEAN!
IF IT’S NOT FAR, DON’T USE YOUR CAR. IF THE JOURNEY’S SHORT, TAKE A WALK!
DON’T LET WATER GO DOWN THE DRAIN, COLLECT,PROTECT & USE AGAIN!
KEEP FIT, EAT HEALTHILY, DON’T BE LAZY!
RESPECT YOUR LIFE!
DON’T LET ANIMALS TASTE YOUR WASTE,LOOK FOR A BIN TO PUT YOUR LITTER IN!
On 10th June 2013 we were awarded our 3rd Green Flag.
On 26th May 2015 we were awarded our 4th Green Flag.
Our thanks again to everyone who has helped us in so many different ways to achieve success. We appreciate it!
2nd Green Flag – June 2011
We are very pleased and proud because we have just been awarded our 2nd Green Flag for showing we care about the environment.
The assessing team thought it was great so many people were involved in helping us with our work and that we had showed we were evaluating what we did and were trying to make a difference.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone – our parents, staff, Mangy our cook, Lindsey the countryside ranger, and everyone in our local community who has given us encouragement and support!
1st Green Flag – June 30th 2009
To be given a Green Flag you have to prove that you are kind to the environment by recycling, composting and feeding the birds – but it’s much, much more. You have to really mean what you do, you can’t just do one job and expect to get a Green Flag, you have to be interested in the jobs you’re doing and that’s what our school does. We got our first Green Flag for doing this and hopefully we’ll get our second for doing it.
Every Friday we get into groups and do Eco-school jobs. We work with the birds and recycle and work in the garden, we also do other Eco-school topics throughout the year. We all love working with nature to improve our school grounds. We show we care about the world we live in.
Look at our photo albums on Flickr to see the kind of things we have been doing…