Eco Team


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.


Welcome to our new Eco Team members

Welcome everyone to the new school year. This is going to be another busy year for the Eco Team. If you would like to see our agenda for 10 September 2013 please click here

Eco Buzz Summer 2013

The Eco Team have had another very successful year. We have had solar panels installed, which helps to reduce our use of fossil fuels. We have installed a pond at the bottom of the Oaks field, it is already attracting lots of wildlife.

We have received a lovely e-mail from our school neighbours, Hollyfield Eco Council,  and hope to make strong links between to two schools.

 Our Eco Buzz gives a flavour of what goes on - to be uploaded soon.

The Bike It crew

All through the medal for pedals and Big Pedal the Bike it Crew continue their work on counting the bikes and scooters on site. This data is submitted online to the Sustrans Survey, giving Rachel Vann, our Bike It Officer valuable information . We regularly have over 100 scooters and 20 bikes on site which is a fabulous achievement to everyone who walks passed their cars in the mornings and cycle or scoot to school. Well done everyone and well done the Bike It Crew here with Rachel!!



Isobel and Olivia raise funds for Greenpeace

Isobel and Olivia have worked very hard making key rings, bookmarks, coasters, badges and much more to sell in order to raise funds for Greenpeace who are fighting to stop the commencement of drilling by oil companies in the Arctic. Each day they ran a stall at break time in each Hall.

In addition they ran a guess the name of the polar bear competition. Congratulations to Georgia in Yr2 who correctly guessed Misty.  Isobel and Olivia presented Misty to Georgia in assembly. The result of all this effort is that they raised over £50 to support Greenpeace in their campaign against drilling in the Arctic.

Great News, Shell has just announced it's giving up on plans to drill for oil in the Arctic for 2013!


Eco Team Agenda 12 March 2013

The Eco Team agenda for 12 March  2013

Click here to view

RG now has Snowy!

RG have been consistently efficient in their energy saving efforts. To recognise this Mr Horne has awarded RG with Snowy our energy saver poalar bear mascott.

Here the Eco Team are presenting RG with their well deserved prize!


Mrs Hawksworth and her Mini Me!

A little bird told me that I had a doppelganger for Green Day so I couldn't resist meeting up and having a photo taken.

So this is Mrs Hawksworth and her Mini Me enjoying Green Day!!


Family Bike Rides

Sustrans have arranged some bike rides for families and adults for the spring.

Click here to view family rides

Click here for adult bike rides

Eco Team Minutes 5 February 2013

Eco Team minutes of our meeting on 5 February were written by Isobel

To read the minutes click here

The Big Pedal

The Big Pedal is back. 28 Feb to 20 March 2013. Get ready for the UK'S biggest school cycling event of the year.

How it works

Pupils, teachers,and parents cycle or scoot to school to complete each of the Big Pedal stages. The more people that cycle or scoot the faster our school finishes each stage.

Our Eco Team members will be collecting the numbers from each class each day, and our Bike It Crew together with Mrs Hawksworth will be submitting the numbers to the Big Pedal website . We will keep track of where we are in the race.


The Golden Pedal

During the 3 weeks of the Big Pedal, the Bike It officers will be making random visits to leave a golden pedal on a bike or scooter in KS1 and KS2. Lucky recipents of a golden pedal should bring it to Mrs Hawksworth who will present them with a Bike It teddy.

Medals for Pedals

This scheme will finish at the same time as the Big Pedal on 20 March 2013, so get peddling and scooting to win your medals!


Eco Buzz Spring 2013

For a look at our latest Eco Buzz click here

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