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On Wednesday 28 March, the Junior School went ‘Extreme Green’ as the girls arrived in class, some green from head to toe, ready for a day of Eco Action. Angela Mitchell from Changeworks started the morning off with a '3 Rs' assembly, encouraging the girls to recycle, reuse and, most important of all, to REDUCE their waste. The girls were very good at being able to identify materials that could be recycled but many were amazed at how little of our waste needs to end up in landfill if we follow the ‘3 Rs’ closely.
After assembly, each year group embarked on different eco activities throughout the day:
- The Primary Ones made ‘Bottle Flowers’ with Changeworks and ‘Waste-Not Water Wheels’ from reused yoghurt pots.
- The Primary Twos also looked at renewable energy with their ‘Waste-Not Windmills’ and completed the ‘Mission Binpossible’ race. In the afternoon, they created Stick Men cards.
- The Primary Threes worked with Susan Dawson, one of our Nursery parents, to repair our Bug Hotel and learned about some of the minibeasts in our grounds. They then created story stones in the ‘Game of Stones’ and made 'Compost in a Bottle' with Changeworks (using some of the fruit and veg peelings from the kitchens). For snack, they made their own smoothies using the special Changeworks pedal bike.
- The Primary Fours made their own paper with Changeworks, enjoyed a pedal-powered bike smoothie and created instruments out of recycled materials to compete in the 'Battle of the Junk Bands'.
- The Primary Fives created a ‘P5 Puddle Pond’ as part of their RSPB Wild Challenge Silver Award, took a quick break for a bike smoothie and then designed ball gowns out of crisp packets and bin bags! Six glamorous P5 models paraded these down the red carpet for our ‘Crispy Catwalk’ in the assembly share at the end of the day.
At lunchtime, 'Operation Clean Plate' was in action. Everyone who finished the food on their plate was awarded a token of their house colour, which they put into the designated house container. Seeing our colourful posters, many of the older girls were encouraged to make extra efforts to finish their food too (and get a house token for it!)
After such a successful reduction in our food waste last year, the figures from our two audits prior to Eco Day this time were disappointingly high. On Wednesday 14th March, our food waste weighed in at 126kg and on Wednesday 21st March, it was 138kg. We did make a bit of a difference on Eco Day with a food waste weight of 111.5kg but knowing that we got it down to less than 5kg last year, we know that we can do MUCH better! The Eco girls will meet with the kitchen staff this term to see what we can do to help and where we can make permanent improvements.
Everyone is being encouraged to try not to waste food: EAT WELL AND EAT UP!
The House Winner of Operation Clean Plate, and winner of the Golden Plate 2018, was Strathmore House – well done!
The Junior School girls came together again at the end of the day for an Assembly Share. Each year group talked about the activities they had done and brought something to show everybody. A ‘Greenist Extremist’ winner from each class had been chosen over the day and each of them got a small eco prize. The finale of the day was singing our Eco Code Song, ‘Greener’ accompanied by The Rainbow Rockers who were the winners of the P4 'Battle of the Junk Bands'.
Many thanks to:
- Angela Mitchell of Changeworks who provided free workshops for the girls throughout the day.
- Susan Dawson who ran the Bug Hotel session
- R D Fruit Services Ltd, the school's fruit and veg supplier, who donated all the smoothie bike ingredients.
- Par Group Builders Supply Company Ltd and Stonepack Suppliers for donating the materials for the story stones
- The kitchen staff for helping with 'Operation Clean Plate'.
- Iain Fleming for taking fantastic photographs of the day.
- Mrs Morrison for judging the P4 'Battle of the Junk Bands' competition.
- All the class teachers for their patience and support.
- And all parents for costume designs and donations.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed the activities and the day was a huge success. We raised a fabulous £169.31 from Eco Day donations and an incredible £125 from our special Nessie Clothing collection!
Many thanks to all – go Green!
Mrs Sinclair, Miss Mitchell and
the Junior School Eco Team