Abbot's Hall has proudly been an Eco School since 2009 when we gained our first Bronze award. We have since achieved the Silver award and the highest award 'Green Flag' status. The ten Eco topics are embedded into the school curriculum and daily life of the school.
The Eco Committee
The Committee meet at least once a month and include children from Years 1-6. At committee meetings we discuss the school Eco Action plan and collaboratively work towards achieving the targets. The Committee enjoy planning Eco events which involve the whole school such as 'Outdoor Classroom Day'. We regularly monitor the school grounds and suggest ways to improve our school. Eco members take pride in keeping Abbot's Hall looking clean and litter free and can often be seen at lunchtimes litter picking on the field and playground.
The committee members take responsibility in their own classrooms for emptying the fruit peeling bins into the compost bins and monitor the use of paper and rubbish bins.
In June the whole school took part in Outdoor Learning Day. All the classes engaged in a variety of learning activities outside which included phonics, maths, reading, PE and art. The sun was shining all day and everyone enjoyed their 'Outdoor Learning'!
The school has just launched an exciting initiative to recycle batteries. We have taken delivery of a huge battery collection container and each child has been given a small collecting box to take home. We are proud to be a school that supports recycling and the children are all keen to help fill the container.
The Eco Committee members every day empty their class fruit peeling bins into our compost bins. The created compost is used by Gardening Club and placed onto the school vegetable plot. Foundation Stage children also place grass cuttings into the bins.
School Grounds and Litter
Forest Classroom clean up
The Gardening club spent a busy lunchtime in the Forest Classroom collecting litter and tidying the area. We found lots of PE equipment which had come over the fence and were able to clean it and return it back to the PE cupboard. We also collected litter which was either recycled, if appropriate, or put into the rubbish bins.
Planting bulbs for Spring: School Grounds
It had been discussed at an Eco Committee meeting that the school would look better if we had more flowers growing. Gardening Club took this on board and planted spring bulbs in planters which were then placed outside the Year 2 classrooms on a unused stone area. Hopefully, when the bulbs grow they will look lovely!
In March 2018 Eco Committee had 2 visitors from Suffolk Master Composter volunteers who helped us set up a school wormery. The children were taught about the different types of creatures and worms which would live in the wormery. They were shown a pretend giant worm which helped the children learn about how useful worms can be and their features. The children then helped to set up the wormery by ripping up pieces of paper to create the worms living environment. Some braver children held the worms before carefully placing them in their new home. The worms were fed with fruit and veg peelings and the children learnt about how the worms will eat the food and create compost. The collected compost will be used on the school vegetable plot. The Eco Committee members will regularly fed the worms with fruit peelings when they empty their classes fruit bins.
The Eco Committee started work to finish making the Bug Hotel in the Pond area. We added into the existing pallets, leaves which bugs could hide in. The children suggested placing the fallen apples from the nearby tree, onto the top of the pallets
to provide not only a roof but more food materials for bugs and also birds.
The Eco Committee sorted their classes paper recycling boxes to check they contained only paper. They took out any cardboard, plastic and tissues and then emptied the paper into the big paper recycling bin.
At Abbots Hall we have a 'Walking Bus' which runs every day before and after school. The 'Bus' walks the children to Asda car park where children are then collected by their adult. This initiative encourages children to walk to school rather than use a car and helps to reduce the amount of vehicles which are being driven close to the school, making the journey home to and from school safer for all