At West Jesmond Primary School our Eco Committee work hard to ensure we are all environmentally conscious and do our bit to protect our world. Each class from Year 1 right through to Year 6 has an eco rep and deputy whose job it is to represent their class at our weekly meetings. We are always striving to make our school more eco-friendly, and have recently received our fourth Green Flag in recognition of our eco work.
Some of the things we do regularly include:
- Work with the Jesmond Community Orchard volunteers including activities such as apple tree grafting!
- Weekly visits to our school allotment to cultivate and manage produce.
- Half termly ‘Earth Hours’ in a bid to save energy and raise awareness across school of electricity wastage.
- ‘Trash mobs’ – litter picks around the school grounds and our local area.
- Plastic free pledges in a bid to reduce the amount of single use plastic being used both within school and at home.
- Eco brick creation – reuse of single use plastics to create a building material.
- Taking part in ‘Waste Week’ – we have managed to halve our general waste production with the introduction of a new recycling scheme.
- ‘The Big Pedal’ – encouraging our friends to walk, cycle or scoot to school for a fortnight.
- The Pod’s ‘What’s Under Your Feet?’ campaign – Reception and Year 5 have been visiting Forest School to carry out surveys and record information about mini-beasts.
- Presenting at Jesmond Library’s ‘Climate Action’ meeting.
- ‘Switch off Fortnight’ – a two week campaign to reduce energy usage across school.
- St. Hilda’s Festival of Decorated Christmas Trees – our most recent entry was created from ecobricks and named, ‘Merry Ecobricks-mas’.