Pupils busy with growing, gardening and gorillas
THERE was a rush of cheque presentations at the end of last term – so here they are!
Alphington's Green Team has been doing a lot of gardening work in gathering leaves for the second branch on their fourth tree.
All members of the Green Team got together to make a bee garden and pupils from Year 5 raised £67 for the World Wildlife Fund which means they are sponsoring a gorilla for two years.
They have also been making good use of the school's new water butts which help them run their composting system.
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They have been growing lots of potatoes, courgettes, peas – and they have been enjoying eating them too!
A cheque for £50 was presented to the Green Team by Sally Fryer, recycling officer at the city council, on behalf of Gregory Distribution, our Green Team sponsor.
What it will be spent on will be decided now the autumn term has begun and the new Green Team have been chosen.
St Sidwell's Green Team has been doing lots of work to help our feathered friends.
First of all they had a visit from a member of the RSPB to help them learn about birds and how they adapt to their environment.
They then got busy camouflaging bird boxes to go into the school grounds to attract birds so that they would nest there.
They then put together a display to show everyone at school what they had done.
Then it was thinking caps on as a meeting was held to come up with ideas for competitions with the aim of generating more interest in green issues.
The Green Team created posters to advertise the first competition and led an assembly on their own to introduce the competition – and there were prizes to be won!
Paul Martin from Devon Wildlife Trust visited the school to give an assembly about bees and the Green Team collected twigs and other bits and pieces to replenish the minibeast hotel in grounds.
And finally the Green Team created a bird-watching den in the grounds with the aim of enriching play time.
The Green Team at Woodwater Academy must live outdoors they have achieved so much in the school grounds.
An early task for their latest branch was the ordering and installation of a new shed.
And to make sure everything was ready for its arrival, parents dug and created a solid base for it.
The Green Team was well represented at the school summer fete with a special display they had put together and they gave guided walks around all their hard work during the fete.
Produce grown by the Green Team has been used by the school kitchens.
They have also been busy with a spot of pond maintenance and thinning out vegetable patches.
All of the school has integrated the Green Team area into the curriculum.
Six water butts have been set up – and there are more to be added!
Year5 helped with plant maintenance in the afternoons.
Winter cabbage, broccoli and purple sprouting broccoli have been planted, as have dahlias, nasturtiums and cornflowers around the school's amphitheatre.
In addition a wildflower seed section has been planted beside the new shed.
A plot has been set aside for bee-friendly plants. And everyone, from the reception class to Year 6 has been involved in keeping all things well watered.
Thanks to the Green Team at Stoke Hill Junior the school is saving a lot of electricity and enjoying chocolate!
Members of the Green Team are checking up to make sure that lights, computers and so on are switched off when they are not needed. If everything is off the classroom gets a green smiley face, if not then it gets a red sad one.
Ten smiley faces means some Fairtrade chocolate.
They have also built a path through the new woodland area and created two wild flower banks and planted them with wild flowers.
In addition the Green Team has helped a Year 4 class create a wild life area outside their classroom. A composting team has been set up and the Green Team has helped build five new raised beds and filled them with compost ready for the Big Potato Project, which saw everyone plant a potato in new beds.
Also, we can report that Ofsted is very impressed by the Green Team's work.