Eco Warrior News
Eco Warrior Update Spring 2020
The children have had a busy week learning about ‘why water matters!’ They thought about how much water we use in a day and possible ways of reducing this usage. The children were also very lucky to have assemblies on the water cycle’, how much water the average person uses in Tanzania, energy and climate change and recycling!
Everyone took part in various activities over the week including reading the water meter and working out how much water we use at school, composting, making wax food wraps, making fat seed balls for the birds and making wild seed bombs for the garden. The children have also been building a pond out of a sink and bee water trays for our biodiverse garden, writing down ways to reduce how much water we use, making posters to encourage people to look after our world, reading books about plastic and writing to the Prime Minister.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteer helpers that came into school to help with the activities and to deliver the assemblies. We all had a great time!
Eco Warrior Update December 2019
We are extremely proud to advise that we have received our Silver Eco-Schools Award.
The children have been thinking about how they can help other people less fortunate than themselves at Christmas time. The Eco Warrior Leaders wanted to help people without homes and also children who, at Christmas time, may not have any presents.
We were delighted to present Sarah from Homestart Reading with all the wonderful toys and books that had been collected at school. These kind donations will make a huge difference to many families this Christmas.
The donations of socks, pants, hats and gloves that were collected for the homeless have been given to ‘Bed for the Night’ in Reading.
Eco Warrior Update October 2019
We have been continuing our focus on 5 topics which are waste, litter, biodiversity, water and Global Citizenship.
We are always looking at ways to reduce our waste and one of our Eco Warriors made a video encouraging people to bring in their empty, rinsed toothpaste tubes, old toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads and dental floss packets to school or to take them to Oak Tree Dental Practice. We then send these off in batches to TerraCycle who recycle everything properly.
We also collect writing instruments eg biros, felt tip pens, highlighters, whiteboard pens etc. Again please bring these into school and we will send them off to be recycled properly. Don’t forget to ask your friends and family too! Not only are we preventing these items from ending up in landfill we have also raised funds of £38 for the school.
Bag2school is a way of recycling your unwanted clothes, soft toys, shoes, belts, handbags etc. It is a great way of keeping clothes out of the landfill and raising funds for Mortimer St. John’s, Mortimer St. Mary’s and The Willink. We have a group of dedicated parents who pick up bags from outside the houses in Mortimer three times a year. To date, we have recycled 50,000kg of clothing and raised over £22,000 for the three schools.
We have harvested another batch of compost and this has been used in our centre bed in our garden. The Eco Warriors have also planted a donated tree into this bed, our aim is to plant lots of beautiful plants to attract a variety of insects and birds into our garden.
Reducing Use of Single-Use Plastic
The challenge to cut back on single-use plastic continues, the “Eco Warrior Party Pack” is helping to limit the cups going into landfill. If you would like to hire the Party Pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking. This year the P&F Bonfire Committee were determined to ‘go greener’ and sought the help of the Eco Warriors. Their ideas included clearly labelled recycling zones, reusable cups, free refillable water for those that bring their own bottles, cleaner wood on the bonfire and replaceable batteries in the novelties. All of the pupils were shown three possible designs for the reusable cups and they had to vote for their favourite design. A £1 refundable deposit is required to use one of these beautiful cups. The Eco-Warriors then had to paint a sign for the “free water” and lastly design a recycling zone.
Litter is still a favourite topic with the children and they continue to keep their pledge to pick litter once a month for a year. It’s great to see our Eco Warriors in action.
The children have also supported Cancer Research by running their 2nd Race for Life this year. As well as enjoying ways to stay fit and healthy they raised over £2500 for this worthwhile cause.
In July the children chose to help protect African animals from poachers. We received these wonderful photos from the ‘Power Rangers’ showing us the equipment we helped purchase. They were also given a flag with all the donor’s names on it. Can you see Mortimer St John’s? Look at the photos below from the Enonkishu Conservancy in Kenya.
We are delighted to advise that, along with Mortimer St. Mary’s, we have been able to help children in Tanzania by donating some of our old school uniforms. We are privileged to be able to take part in helping these children and continue to send uniform out to Tanzania.
Eco Warrior Update September 2019
A new school year and we are all refreshed and keen to carry on being the best Eco Warriors we can be. We are really proud of our Bronze Eco school award but would like to achieve our Silver Eco school award by Christmas and Green flag status by the end of the school year. This means we will be calling upon all our Eco Warriors to get involved.There will be opportunities to sell second hand uniform, plant seeds, compost our food waste, carry out environmental reviews at school and interview parents!
Eco Warrior monitors
We decided to introduce weekly Eco Warrior monitor roles in each class. Their jobs include checking lights are switched off when everyone leaves the classroom, taps are turned off, waste is put into the correct bin, scrap paper trays are used and any ‘dead’ pens are collected and sent off to Terracycle for recycling.
Eco Warrior of the Month
We encourage every child to be the best Eco Warrior they can be and send in photos of themselves ‘ in action’ or show us letters they have written to encourage others to make a difference to our planet. We love to see what they have done and such children have the chance of being awarded an “Eco Warrior of the Month award”! Check out the ‘Eco Warrior of the Month’ page to see who our inspirational warriors are.
Eco Warrior Leaders
Children from Year 1 and Year 2 were invited to complete an application form if they wanted to become an Eco Warrior Leader and interviews duly took place. We are delighted to advise that the following children have been selected to be our Eco Warrior leaders:
Badger class – William and Matilda
Deer class – Eddie and Genevieve
Fox class – Oliver, Charlie, Eleanor, Oscar, Niamh G and Holly
Hedgehog class – Albert, Freddy, Amelia, Chloe, Mac and Poppy
Eco Warrior Update July 2019
A group of Eco Warriors met together to decide which charities they would like to make a donation to. They wanted to help keep the ocean clean and agreed to donate £35 to Surfers Against Sewage, so they can carry on their good work. They also gave £35 to help Rangers in the Masai Mara to keep poachers away from the wild animals. The money will be used to kit them out with boots, uniforms and walkie talkies.
With the glorious weather in June we experienced a huge problem with unwanted flies. As we are still in our first year of composting, we are learning all the time, a lot of what we do is trial and error. We were delighted to get a grip on the situation and hope that if this problem arises again we have the right tools in place to resolve it. Sometimes it’s tricky to be ‘green’!
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Wokefield Park Visit
Eco Warrior Update April 2019
Eco Week Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th April 2019
Eco Week was launched on Wednesday with a whole school assembly on “What is our carbon footprint?\”. In small groups the children completed a quiz to see how ‘green’ they were and if they had a big or small carbon footprint. Everyone had to draw around their own foot and then complete a map of their carbon footprint, by writing or drawing pictures to show what things they do that contribute to their own carbon footprint.
Thursday’s assembly was by Andrea from “Plastic Free Mortimer”, she shared with the children the work they are doing in the village to reduce the use of single use plastic. They also discovered that the more single use plastic you use the bigger your carbon footprint!
Friday’s assembly was about how big carbon footprints are affecting our planet. We focused on what we could do to reduce our carbon footprints. These were some of our ideas:-
Turning off taps to save water.
Switching lights off or the television off when you leave a room.
Turn of computers when not in use.
Turn your heating down a degree or two.
Hanging washing out to dry.
Recycle where possible.
Compost food waste.
Don’t waste paper. Use both sides.
Walk, cycle or scooter instead of using the car.
Take reusable bags to the shops.
Mural made by reusing plastic bottle tops.
Over the Easter holidays the children were set the challenge of building a useful item out of recycled materials. We were delighted to see the wonderful array of useful items that the children made by recycling unwanted things! We had a cushion made using an old school PE T-shirt stuffed with plastic bags, stationery pots, pencil pots, bird feeders, bird houses bug hotels, toys and a handmade shopping bag.
Our competition winners were Amelie, Bertie, Chloe and Riley. Well done everyone!
During the week each class competed to see who could collect the most pens, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes to recycle. All of the items were weighed on Friday afternoon. The winners were Fox Class, who received a special prize of extra “Golden Time”. Well done Fox Class!
Walking a mile
During Eco Week the children also thought about how to stay fit and healthy. All of the children went on a mile walk around the village and the Foundation Stage children designed a healthy lunchbox.
Eco Warrior Update March 2019
Biodiversity & Water
Our Eco Warriors have been designing a bio diverse area to attract more wildlife into the school grounds and are considering which plants to add to encourage wildlife. They would also like to include a water butt, bird bath and a bug hotel!
Our water butt has been installed and has managed to capture some rain during the Easter holidays. The Eco Warriors will use this water to look after our plants and make sure the birds have water in the bird bath!
Eco Warrior Update February 2019
We are delighted to advise that through fundraising, we have raised enough monies to purchase our composting system, which has been installed. We have a wonderful area to house the turning system and two maturation boxes. This week we have started to compost all of our food waste from the kitchen and the classroom food-recycling caddies. Our specialist Eco Warriors will be helping to recycle the food waste on a daily basis.
Our aims are to reduce our waste disposal costs, reduce landfill, reduce greenhouse gases, reduce road transport, reduce our school carbon footprint and create our own compost to use to grow plants. Thank you for all your support with making this happen.
Eco Warrior Update September 2018
In each classroom we now have a blue bin for paper and card, a green food caddy for our snack waste and a general waste bin. The blue bin containing paper and card gets emptied into a large wheelie bin and is collected by Woodside Recycling. Our green caddy’s are emptied along with all food waste from the kitchen into a brown food bin which is collected by Veolia. Lastly our general waste bins our emptied into a large general waste wheelie bin which is also collected by Veolia. Plastic milk bottles are also recycled at home by staff.
Mortimer St. John\’s are now registered as a drop off point with Terracycle to collect old pens, highlighters, whiteboard pens, correction fluid bottles, toothpaste tubes (rinsed out), plastic toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads. The children can bring these items into school or they can be dropped off at \’The Baobab\’ who are collecting on our behalf.
Eco Warrior Update July 2018
We relaunched Eco Warriors in May this year with an assembly at school. All the children were invited to become Eco Warriors, however, if they wanted to become an Eco Warrior Leader they had to complete an application form. The application had to list reasons why they wanted to become an Eco Warrior Leader and what changes they wanted to make in our school. These children were then interviewed.
Following this process around four children from each class were selected to become part of the Eco Warrior Committee whose aim it is to improve the school environment and help look after our world.
At our first Eco Warrior Committee meeting Mrs Bale and the children discussed what the bins were used for inside the classrooms. The children were unclear how to correctly use the two bins in the classroom and they were also unsure what happened to them after they were emptied at the end of the school day. The Committee decided to do some investigating and it was suggested that a waste audit should be undertaken.
For a week the Eco Warrior Leaders researched what was being put into the general waste and the paper bins in the classrooms, school offices, staff room and in the school kitchen. Each day the amount food waste, paper waste and general waste was measured . This was hard work but the results showed that we needed to make some changes!
Our waste results for one week in kg’s:
Paper/card – 48kg
General waste – 120kg
Raw food waste – 12kg
Cooked food waste – 30kg
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