Warden Hill Primary School Cheltenham

Eco Warriors

This term, we are proud to announce we have once again been awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag, which is an international accreditation that has recognised and rewarded young people’s environmental actions for over 25 years.

We feel that an Eco-Schools Green Flag is the perfect way to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the ecological achievements of our children at Warden Hill. The process clearly demonstrates that our Eco Warriors’ hard work is appreciated and it provides them with the confidence and motivation to continue actively engaging with environmental issues now and throughout their lifetimes. At Warden Hill, we want to inspire the next generation of innovative, inspirational environmentalists, who are actively engaged in protecting our planet.

Each class has an Eco Warrior representative, elected by their peers each term after they have given a short presentation to show how they will meet the role and responsibilities of being an Eco Warrior. Eco Warriors meet every week with Mrs Catchpole and Mrs Taylor (Eco Warriors Coordinators). During the meeting, the children share ideas to help our school to work towards achieving our Eco Schools targets. At the start of the year, our Eco Warriors carried out an environmental review of our school. As a result, they decided to focus on these three areas: Litter, Global Citizenship and Waste.

Litter

This year, the Eco Warriors wanted to reduce the amount of litter in their local park, so that it is not a danger to wildlife or other park users. They were also concerned that the amount of plastic litter found in the park could potentially enter our rivers and oceans. They know how important it is to reduce the amount of plastic in the sea, as they have researched how marine animals can be affected by ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.

Actions taken:

Visits to local park to carry out a litter pick, with Bournside and Parish councillor – Graham Beale.
Eco members created anti-litter posters, to be displayed around the school and in the local park.
Eco code created to encourage children to put their litter in the bin.
Litter pick around school
Global Citizenship

The Eco Warriors were concerned about the plight of many of the endangered animals in their world. They wanted to do something to help, as part of being a global citizen.

Actions taken:

Children researched animals, which have be identified as endangered by WWF.
Children learnt about why different animals are now endangered e.g poaching, habitat loss.
Children raised £48.50 for WWF to support the work they do to help to protect Giant Pandas.

Waste

The Eco Warriors were aware of how many items end up in landfill, when they could have been recycled or reused. The wanted to take action to reduce waste in our school community, by raising awareness of how items can be recycled/reused.

Action:

Children researched ‘Fast Fashion’ and found out about how many clothing items end up in landfill.
Children held a pre-loved Christmas jumper sale – proceeds of which were used to sponsor a Giant Panda
Children held several sales of school items, which were no longer needed as a result of us moving into our new building. They raised over £200, which will be spent developing the outside space of our new school.