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.
Created on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:18
To help the birds survive the winter we are making bird cakes for them. These are high in fat which is just what the small birds need to feed on to get them through the cold winter nights.
The weather has been very blustery this week so we will be hanging these out when the wind has calmed down.
In response to pupil feedback we will be starting a birdfeeding rota during Wednesday lunchtime starting with Yr 4 after the half term .
Created on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:06
On Tuesday 12 January 2016 Hollyfield's Eco Council welcomed the Eco Team to their school. As promised, we gave them our used stamps to add to their own collection. They were very pleased with the amount we had saved. They are sending them to OXFAM. We shall continue save stamps for them.
The children took part in a quiz to find out more about each other and how each school's Eco Team/Council worked. Refreshments were offered including some lovely biscuits made by Hollyfield Eco Council for us to enjoy.
We are planning to work together in March by taking part in the national Spring Clean for the Queen initiative spearheaded by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation.
Created on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 09:29
Over the last 2 years the Eco Team have worked together with our partner school, Hollyfield Primary. Last week we Skyped Hollyfield and spoke directly to their Eco Council.
It was very exciting and good fun. The children introduced themselves, and we were also able to introduce our visitors from Mexico to Hollyfield.
Once the introductions were complete, we agreed to work together on 2 projects. Firstly we shall visit Hollyfield on 12 January 2016 and deliver our used stamp collection to them. Then we invited Hollyfield to join forces with us for the Spring Clean for the Queen event in March 2016.
Created on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 14:55
This week the Eco Team presented an assembly on Energy Saving month, with a powerpoint presentation and lots of ideas about how we can save energy in the school. We shall be comparing our electric usage to last year and see if we have been successful in saving energy.
We have posters around the school giving lots of interesting facts about energy so we hope everyone enjoys reading them.
Created on Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:47
This November is Energy Saving Month. the school took part in this last year and saved over 1,100 kilowatt hours!
We hope to improve this saving this year. To get everybody determined to save energy the Eco Team will be presenting their assembly to the school at the begining of November 2015.
Created on Thursday, 15 October 2015 14:41
Minutes of our last meeting 13 October 2015 to read please click here
This week we have built a hedgehog home in the pond area. We started with an overturned crate which we sited under a large shrub in the pond area. We then covered the top with bubble wrap to give some insulation. We then covered the entire crate with some turf that has been left over from the new build in the Oaks.
We filled the crate with lots of dried leaves as lovely bedding. Finally to give a hedgehog encouragement to move in, we placed some hedgehog food outside the front door!