Eco Conscience @ Kingshott
Kingshott ECO Committee
Our ECO Committee is a popular and important element in the ‘governance of the school. The Committee is made up of a Representative and a Deputy from each class in Years 3-8, is led by a member of Staff, currently Miss Godfrey. The Committee meet once a month to discuss issues and ways to improve the school’s environmental profile, attitude and general performance. Recent projects include investigations into how to reduce the school’s Carbon Footprint, an ECO Pledge, the Tree Council Tree Pledge, and what the pupil population would like to see in a Nature Garden.
Our Eco Pledge
As a school with the highest values and aspirations, we are committed to developing and maintaining an environmentally friendly teaching and learning environment.
These ideas have been put together by our children, to help us protect our school environment and the wider local environment, and reduce our carbon footprint.
1. Give the car a rest – whenever possible we encourage you to walk, cycle or use public transport.
2. Eat local, buy local and see local – wherever possible our kitchen staff source locally produced food and supplies.
3. Conserve energy – we try to conserve energy, will you help us?
4. Be Water Wise – we use water wisely and don’t leave taps running.
5. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle – whether it be classroom consumables like paper or food, we try to reduce what we use. Where possible resources are reused and we try hard to recycle wisely and thoroughly.
6. Respect nature – we try to look after our local environment and wildlife by not no littering, using the recycling facilities and encouraging local habitats, large and small.
For a number of years now Kingshott has been working towards the Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools Award . This has included becoming involved in tree planting events at Woodland Trust sites, planting tree packs of our own at Kingshott and developing our own tree nursery. It has also involved developing an understanding among children of the value and significance of trees to them and the planet, and the importance of preserving what we have and planting more. Finally, it required the children to actively investigate how to reduce our Carbon Footprint and associated CO2 emissions, including the development of better recycling systems within the school.
In November 2019 the school was awarded the GOLD Award for its efforts!
In the past year we have made sure that every classroom has access to paper recycling bins.
We have built a compost heap from recycled pallets and a composting programme has been started, which is managed by monitors from Year 4.
A recent innovation has been the recycling programme for classroom pens, hi-lighters and the like. Collection boxes are placed around the school and we are delivering, what would otherwise go to landfill, to a central collection point at a church in Hitchin, who get money for our waste.
We want to give nature a home at Kingshott and our bird feeders are one way to achieve this…
Members of the ECO Committee and other interested souls take on the responsibility of providing birds with clean water and a good supply of food.
We recognise that trees are vital! They provide habitats, improve air quality, deaden noise pollution and make the place look better!
In conjunction with the Woodland Trust we planted 100 saplings in March 2019 and will plant another 100 in March 2020. We have planted a staggering 2250 or so trees since 2010!
The aspiration is to create a Nature Area for the children to enjoy and Teachers to use for teaching purposes. It is being developed in stages with the financial and physical support of the Kingshott Association.
The different parts of the Nature Garden are based on the ideas from the ECO Committee Class Representatives, and as much of the work as possible is being done by the children. click to access the Eco Garden page.