St Mary's are proud to be an Eco School
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
Our mission as an Eco school is to help bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in our schools are followed through into homes and communities.
Since 2003 we have worked together to create an ethos in which children, staff and parents are aware of our mission and work together towards the same Eco goals.
All of the Eco activity in our school is driven by the children and our Eco comittee in particular. You can find out about some of the things we do by looking at photos from some of our events and by reading the minutes of our meetings.
We will use this page to keep you up to date with Eco news and ways in which you can get involved.
Usually we have 2 Eco Reps from each class however during Covid-19 we can't have this. We've now got Eco Reps just from Dolphins class for this year. Hopefully we'll be back to normal soon.
The Eco Reps in Dolphins class, together with Mrs Fenn are working with Bob Turner on an exciting project for our school grounds. Watch this space!
As the current advice during the Covid-19 pandemic is that we try not to use public transport except in essential circumstances, LCC have created a 'walkzone' map for us. This shows areas near school that a 5 and 10 minute walk away. Walking to school also fits with our Eco agenda.
Last week children in Infant 2 and Junior 4 worked alongside PROSPECTS to plant Willow cuttings on the field. They were placed along the South-East boundary at the bottom of the slope.
We hope that as the Willow grows it may draw up some of the water which makes the field so wet, allowing it to be used by the children for more of the year.
On Saturday 19th March, children, parents, staff and helpers spent the morning clearing and looking after the areas in and outside our school. They tackled the problematic area on the other side of the stream which has become somewhat of a dumping ground for some local residents.
We will be trying to work with the Council to see how this can be prevented in future.
They planted onions in the garden and Hope did an excellent job pruning the raspberry and blackcurrant bushes.
This was part of the 'Clean for the Queen' campaign to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. During the week, in school Junior 1 wore crowns that they had made when they did litter picking in the school grounds.
Thanks for your help!
Make a Splash! for CAFOD
Junior 4 and Infant 2 enjoyed a United Utilities ‘Water Workshop’ on Wednesday 24th February. They learned about the water cycle and the importance of saving water. They will spread the word – watch out for the ‘Saving water pledge’!
We also enjoyed a CAFOD ‘Make a Splash’ assembly on 17th March, arranged by Alana, so that we can begin to understand about global water poverty. It was also St. Patrick’s Day and we all came dressed in green, raising £107.90 for CAFOD.
Fairtrade Fortnight Thanks
Thank you for all of your support during Fairtrade Fortnight. We had a Fairtrade assembly led by Katie from 'One Planet' with children from Junior 5. We recieved £72.55 in donations at the Fairtrade Café and we served our Fairtrade crumbly banana squares baked by our very own Healthy Cookery Club.