Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh
On Friday 24 March, the Junior School was full of Zero Waste Heroes as the girls arrived in class, fully equipped for a day of Eco Action. The Education Team from Changeworks started the morning off with a 'Finish Your Food' assembly, encouraging the girls to reduce their food waste through the story of Silly Sausage. The girls were shocked to hear how much food we waste at our own school lunches. On Friday 10th March, our food waste weighed in at 102kg. On Friday 17th March, it was 118kg. The girls were determined to reduce this amount this lunchtime.
After assembly, each year group embarked on different eco activities throughout the day:
- The Primary Ones learned about the 3Rs with Changeworks and Co-Co the Bear, worked on a Woodland Fairy activity and looked at how to 'Give Nature a Home' with the RSPB Education Team.
- The Primary Twos had a Woodland Fairy activity, counted birds with the RSPB in the 'Big Schools' Birdwatch' and created Stick Men cards.
- The Primary Threes made 'Compost in a Bottle' with Changeworks (using some of the fruit and veg peelings from the kitchens) and completed the last part of the Woodland Fairy activity with the information from the Ones and Twos.
- The Primary Fours made instruments out of recycled materials to compete in the 'Battle of the Junk Bands' and went on a 'Bioblitz' with the RSPB, looking at what nature they could find in our school grounds.
- The Primary Fives completed a Minibeast Safari RSPB Wild Challenge for our Gold Award, looked at how to 'Give Nature a Home' with the RSPB Team and made recycled paper with Changeworks.
At both break times, the girls had the chance to pedal the Changeworks smoothie bike and enjoy a pedal-powered smoothie drink!
At lunchtime, 'Operation Clean Plate' was launched. Everyone who finished the food on their plate was awarded a token of their house colour, which they put into the designated house container. The girls were all excited about this, having worked hard to create advertising slogans and posters for the event and after hearing all about Silly Sausage and our own food waste statistics.
The kitchen staff were careful not to give adult portions to the younger children, listening out for the "Just a little bit, please" that the girls were reminded to say loud enough to be heard across the counter. Those who wanted, came back for seconds. At the end of lunch, the containers had lots of tokens in them and the kitchen staff were astounded at all the clean plates! Seeing our colourful posters, many of the older girls were encouraged to make extra efforts to finish their food too and subsequently, there has been a call for 'Operation Clean Plate' to be repeated next term.
The resulting amount of food waste was an absolutely incredible LESS THAN 5kg!!! This just goes to show how much of a difference we can make with just a little effort. Everyone is being encouraged to keep the good work going: EAT WELL AND EAT UP!
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 Zero Waste Hero winner from each class had been chosen over the day and Angela Mitchell from Changeworks had the very tricky task of picking an overall winner. The finale of the day was singing our Eco Code Song, accompanied by The Musical Minions who were the winners of the P4 'Battle of the Junk Bands'.
- Class poster competition: P3Y and P5Y.
- P4 ‘Battle of the Junk Bands’: The Musical Minions (Amelia, Vittoria, Ella, Florence, Olivia and Sofia)
- Zero Waste Hero costumes: were Roni (P1X), Beth (P1Y), Anika (P2X), Sofia (P2Y), Selena (P3X), Lucy (P3Y), Lavinia (P4X), Alexia (P4Y), Ellie (P5X) and Tabitha (P5Y).
- The overall winner of the Zero Waste Hero costume was Lavinia (P4Y).
- The House winner of 'Operation Clean Plate' was Douglas House.
Many thanks to:
- The Education Teams of Changeworks and the RSPB who provided free workshops for the girls throughout the day.
- R D Fruit Services Ltd, the school's fruit and veg supplier, who donated all the smoothie bike ingredients.
- The kitchen staff for helping with 'Operation Clean Plate'.
- Iain Fleming for taking photographs and creating a fantastic video of our day.
- Mrs Coad for judging the P4 'Battle of the Junk Bans' competition.
- All the class teachers for their patience and support.
- All parents for costume designs and donations.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed the activities and the day was a huge success. Thanks to proceeds from our Eco Day and from Canvas Bags, Water Bottles, Nessie Clothing and Fundraising Events, our new Fantastical Forest Tree Platform construction has become a reality. The Earth Calling build is now complete and the girls are already enjoying playing on it.
Mrs Sinclair and the Junior School Eco Team