Eco Team

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Whitehouse Common is an Eco School. We follow the Eco Schools’ programme to give our pupils a wider understanding of the world and the environment we all share. Eco Schools is an international organisation operating in over 50 countries, encouraging and educating children to be environmentally aware. In the UK, Eco Schools is overseen by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation.

There are nine topics that form the structure of the programme: Energy; Litter; Water; Waste; Healthy Living; School Grounds; Transport; Biodiversity; Global Perspective.

We have been following the Eco Schools programme since 2009, gaining our Bronze and Silver award, culminating in being awarded Green Flag Status in 2012. In July 2014 we successfully renewed our Green Flag Award. The school continues to develop its Eco work, spearheaded by the Eco Team. We hope you find our page interesting.

 

Stamp Collection

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The Eco Team need your help! Their mission is to recycle as many used stamps as possible. These stamps are going to be used to help the RNIB. By collecting stamps, you’re helping to break down the barriers that stop people with sight loss living life to the full. Stamps are sold by weight and they raise £20 per kilogram so it is one of the easiest ways to raise money!

Please tear any used stamps off the envelope, leaving a 1cm border around the edge. There will be a stamp box outside the Oaks and Acorns office to post the used stamps in.

Please help us in this endeavour. Not only does recycling help to support a wonderful charity but Whitehouse Common will also be competing against Hollyfield again to see which school can collect the most. We want to claim back our crown!

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An Christmas Message From The Eco-Team

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Here are our top tips to be eco-friendly this Christmas!

  • Wrapping - lots of wrapping paper contains non-recyclable elements like foil, glitter or plastic. An easy way to know if you’re wrapping paper can be recycled or not is to use the scrunch test. Scrunch up the paper in your hands and then let it go. If the paper stays scrunched up, then it can be recycled but if it unfolds by itself then it is likely to be non-recyclable.
  • If you’re looking for an eco-friendly wrapping alternative, opt for the brown paper, recycled wrapping paper or tissue paper. You could even try knot wraps, colourful fabric squares that can be used again and again!Brown Wrapping 1
  • Avoid ribbons, tinsel or sticky tape on presents as they’re not recyclable. Instead, try cord or twine or washi tape.

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  • Cards – look for cards with the FSC mark. This guarantees that the paper has been produced sustainably and ethically. Some Christmas cards can even be planted, for a super eco touch! Recycle or compost your cards in January or turn them into decorations for next year. Remember, glitter is a microplastic and can’t be recycled!
  • Lights – switch to LED Christmas lights. LEDs are much more environmentally friendly than traditional twinkling incandescent lights, because they use up to 80% less energy. If everybody did this, we could save more than 29,000 tonnes of CO2 just over the 12 days of Christmas!
  • Decorations – reuse Christmas decorations or go second hand for a sustainable Christmas. If adding to your decoration collection, think about using deigns made from metal, wool, glass or wood. Natural decorations such as berries, pinecones, holly, orange and cinnamon look great on the Christmas tree.Eco BaubleTree
  • Switch to eco-friendly Christmas crackers. Many stores are now supplying plastic-free crackers or even reusable ones!
  • Resist the temptation to splash out on sequins, they’re made from PVC and there are no biodegradable substitutes.
  • Gifting – give a handmade gift. Whether you love baking, sewing or painting, why not get creative this season?

Merry Christmas from the Eco-Team

Green Trees Award Success!

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Fabulous news! Whitehouse Common Primary School has achieved the Green Trees Schools Bronze Award! 

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As part of the Green Trees Schools Award and our Eco-Schools work, we have been taking part in environmental projects such as tree planting, recycling, reducing CO2 emissions and visiting woods! Our hard work has been recognised and we have been presented with the Bronze Award.

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We have been working hard on more environmental projects recently and are hoping to achieve the Silver Award soon. Watch this space...

Eco Team Counting!

Yesterday our Eco team  had the pleasure of Hollyfield Primary School visiting us to count all of the stamps we have been collecting! They even made some delicious biscuits for us.

We completed the stamp 'weigh in' and Hollyfield won with the most weighing stamps. 

Well done to them!

Thank you all for collecting the stamps.

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Stamp Collecting 2018!

The Eco Team need your help please. Their mission is to recycle as many used stamps as possible. These stamps are going to be used to help the RNIB. They can use them all to raise funds for blind and partially sighted people across the UK. Stamps are sold by weight and they raise £20 per kilogram so it is one of the easiest ways to raise money!

WCPS will also be competing against Moor Hall Primary and Hollyfield Primary School to see which school can collect the most stamps. Please help us to continue our four year winning reign.

Eco Team Stamp Competition

A few months ago the Eco Team launched a friendly competition against Hollyfield Primary to collect as many used stamps as possible. Thanks to the incredible amount of donations, we are delighted to share that we have won the competition for the most used stamps collected! The stamps will given to the Oxfam charity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Thank you very much for the wonderful donations :)

Stamp Collecting

It's that time of year... The Eco Team need your help please. Their mission is to recycle as many used stamps as possible! They are going to send the stamps to the Oxfam Charity, to help other children around the world.

The stamps must be used. Please tear the stamps off the envelope, leaving a 1cm border around the edge. There's a stamp box outside the Oaks office to post the used stamps in.

WCPS will also be competing against Hollyfield to see which school can collect the most. We're keen to keep our three year winning reign!

Litter Picking in Rectory Park

This afternoon our Eco Team went litter picking in Rectory Park!

We met Hollyfield and New Hall's Eco Teams there. Once we had introduced ourselves we learnt Hollyfield's litter picking song, which is sung to the tune of 'She'll be coming round the mountain':

If you see a piece of litter pick it up,

If you see a piece of litter pick it up,

You can make the world look greener, by picking up the litter,

If you see a piece of litter pick it up!

We then mixed with the other school's Eco Teams and collected litter from around the park. Well done to the Eco Team for a wonderful afternoon :). Thank you to Mr. Wheeler and Mrs. Hawksworth for joining us and making our visit possible.

WCPS Eco Team Meets Hollyfield's Eco Team

Last week we were delighted to welcome Hollyfield's Eco Team to our school. We had a fantastic time getting to know one another. We completed a quiz to learn about each other's Eco Teams, whilst enjoying some tasty Eco Team biscuits that Hollyfield generously made for us to share.

After this, we looked at how many used stamps both of our schools had collected for Oxfam. It was very close, but WCPS just about won (for the second year in a row).

We are very excited to be working with Hollyfield for even more exciting projects over the year.

Check out Hollyfield's article about their visit to us on: http://www.hollyfield.bham.sch.uk/about/eco-council/

Stamp Collecting!

stampsThe Eco Team need your help please. Their mission is to recycle as many used stamps as possible! They are going to send the stamps to the Oxfam Charity, to help other children around the world.

The stamps must be used. Please tear the stamps off the envelope, leaving a 1cm border around the edge. There's a stamp box outside the Oaks office to post the used stamps in.

WCPS will also be competing against Hollyfield to see which school can collect the most. We're keen to keep our two year winning reign!

 

Eco Team Report To The Full Governing Body

Each year the Eco Team is invited by Governors to attend the Full Governing Body meeting to showcase their work over the last year.

This year our Yr3,Yr4 and Yr6 Eco Team members attended. They started with telling Governors about the visit from the Bee Keeper( Mr Mundye) and finished with talking about how we have mapped the school for wildlie with Lucy Fleming the RSPB ranger that visited the school in May.

In addition to this work,  34 of our Yr6 children passed their level 2 Bikeability award. To use their new skills they went on a bike ride from school to Pype Hayes Parkk, and returned safely!

If you would like to view the powerpoint presentation that accompanied the Eco Team report to Governors please click here

A big well done to all the children who attended, they are a credit to themselves and the school. It has been recorded in the FGB minutes how impressed Governors were with the presentation and the children's obvious enthusiasm for the subject.

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