In a recent Geography Day many of the activities children covered at St Andrew’s Park considered features of the local environment and also how to improve the sustainability of the park environment for the local community
Eco Council recently cooked a nettle soup for a class, to draw attention to the environmental benefits of using seasonal, local food where we can.
The first week of Term 6 will see children from Year 1 upwards taking part in One World Week. This will include a number of activities around issues of sustainability and global citizenship, such as children with close links to other countries teaching their class about them; improving the school grounds; activities around the RSPB Wild Challenge; and studying environmental issues with global impact.
The Green Elephant stall will be running again where children across the school make items for sale out of materials that they would otherwise recycle or throw away. All proceeds go to environmental learning at Sefton Park.
Whilst our DEKI contact will be unable to start activities at the beginning of Term 6 as planned, ECO Council and other DEKI representatives will be preparing for a cross-school DEKI effort. DEKI describes itself as "a microfinance charity that empowers entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty by providing life changing loans and business training".
ECO Council will be commencing work on their plastic bottle greenhouse.
We are currently finalising arrangements with Henleaze Lake Swimming Club for some children, who can swim over 100 metres, to visit the lake as part of the seasonal natural learning opportunities we aim to provide.
The following is a letter from Sefton Park which will be sent to local businesses early in Term 6. This letter was drafted after a number of class and school assemblies led by children, a visiting Plastics expert and teachers. Children will have the option of saying they support this letter, and a communication will be sent to Parent(s)/ Carer(s) advising them of this and giving them the option of opting their child out of supporting the letter if they so wish. Businesses will be advised as to the total number of children within the school who supported this letter being sent (children will not be identified individually by name).
We are writing to you regarding the issue of plastic pollution.
First of all, we would like to make clear that we really value how your business serves the community and how hard your employees work. We are also fully aware that plastics have benefitted us in so many ways, from hospitals to toys shops, from supermarkets to transport. We all use plastics in our lives and know that we will continue to do so because of their fantastic benefits.
However we are also very concerned indeed about issues around plastic pollution, not only on the life that directly digests or is otherwise damaged by plastics, but also the knock-on effects on the environment and food chain. A recent focus on these issues at school has led to us writing to you and other businesses.
We are fully aware that it is up to all of us to reduce plastic pollution, not just one area of society. However, that does still mean, as one part of the jigsaw, we would be interested to know what you do to reduce plastic pollution and what you may do in the future. This could include:
Looking for alternatives to plastic where possible.
Ensuring it is clear to members of the public which plastics are recyclable (including soft plastics).
Supporting technologies that look to environmentally-friendly alternatives to plastic.
Raising awareness of plastic pollution problems.
Ensuring the immediate environment around your business is litter free and recycling is unlikely to cause litter issues.
Providing plastic recycling facilities, particularly for plastic types that Bristol City Council (and other Councils) may not be able to recycle via kerbside collections.
Ensuring if you seek an alternative to plastic, it does not cause just as many environmental problems in other ways.
Donating to scientific research that could close the cycle on plastics so they become a continuous reusable loop.
We would be very keen to hear your thoughts and thank you again for all you do to serve the community. Please either contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Eco Council, Sefton Park School, Ashley Down Road, Ashley Down, Bristol, BS7 9BJ.
Employees and children of Sefton Park School .