Market Drayton Junior School is proud to have received our second Green Flag, an award given in recognition of the hard work our pupils do to make our school an Eco-School.
The aim of the Eco-Schools programme is to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the school for both pupils and for staff, and to engage the wider community.
This year’s pupil Eco-Committee, aptly called Eco-Warriors is made up of one nominated child from each class across the school.
There are compost bins around the school which are collected by the Eco-Warriors on selected days and emptied into larger compost bins in the garden.
Each class is provided with a recycling paper box which the class and teacher are encouraged to use.
We have an eco-code which is displayed in every classroom reminding all the children and teachers about how we can be more environmentally friendly and help save the environment.
Please help us follow our new Eco-Code:
We held a whole school competition in which children were tasked with designing an autumnal scene using (mostly) recycled and natural materials. We had a pleasing number of entries all of which showed tremendous flair and creativity! Cecily in Year 3 was our runner up, and Year 5’s Maddie took first prize.
We have introduced the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge in which the children are encouraged to get outside and are rewarded for every 5 ‘things’ they undertake. This is open to all children and has no deadline or time limit – speak to Mrs Field if you would like further details.
We are working really hard to reduce the amount of paper that we use in school. Miss Brayne has recently purchased a school app which allows letters to be accessed via the school website rather than being printed and sent home. We are also gently reminding our teachers to think carefully before photocopying and printing.
In our constant quest to reduce our carbon footprint, each class has recently appointed light, whiteboard and window monitors to ensure that we are not unnecessarily wasting energy.
We are looking after wildlife around our school by making recycled bird feeders, and solitary bee homes are soon to follow!
Following an increase in the appearance of chocolate covered cereal bars, we have recently had a big push on healthy snacks at playtime and we are asking that children bring ideally fruit or vegetable snacks with them.
Linked closely to this, we are hoping to see an increase in the amount of fruit waste being composted throughout the school – green bins are now on the playground at all times.