ECO ELECTIONS 2014
ECO-SCHOOLS NEWS: GREEN FLAG RENEWED
Yarrells can continue to shine and lead the way as a successful Eco School. A recent visit from an Eco Schools assessor resulted in the renewal of our green flag status. We can fly the flag with pride for another 2 years.
Our Eco School Journey
JANE GOODALL'S ROOTS & SHOOTS AWARDS CEREMONY
Yarrells takes a step for Fairtrade
At Yarrells we have been taking steps along the Fairtrade road as part of our Eco-Schools initiative, during Fairtrade Fortnight, we are committing to buying Fairtrade tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well!
RSPB BIG SCHOOLS BIRD WATCH
MONITORING ENERGY USE AT YARRELLS
The Eco Action Team met to discuss energy usage in school. We began by meeting Mrs Scrivens, the bursar and looking at the electricity meter in the boy’s changing room, where she explained how it worked. Next, we went to the stairs under Puffin and looked at the meter there. Finally we went outside the front gates to look at the gas meter. The numbers were going round really fast as the kitchen staff were cooking. Then we went back to the dining room where there is a bar chart showing our gas and electricity usage since September. We will be working with Mrs Scrivens each month to read the meters and then mark how much energy we have used on the chart. Please look at the chart in the dining room regularly so you can see how much energy we are using at Yarrells.
YARRELLS CHRISTMAS ECO-STALL RAISES OVER £50 FOR OXFAM
Year 4 organised and ran an Eco-Stall at the recent Christmas Fair. Items on sale were made by pupils from across the school community out of recycled, natural, homemade and home grown materials. On sale were jars of Yarrells Apple chutney, homemade paper and pressed leaf calendars, flower and vegetable seeds collected from the school garden and repackaged, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs in pots, Christmas tree decorations and present tags. The money raised will go to buy an Oxfam Christmas gift.
YARRELLS FLOWER GARDEN AT UPTON LIBRARY
Yr 1, their teachers, Mrs Quinton and Mrs Erylene Andrews, from Upton in Bloom have been working together to create a flower garden outside Upton Library. Regular visits have been made, to clear, expand and compost the dedicated bed. It has already been planted with spring and summer bulbs. Other flowering plants will be added to the bed after Christmas. The idea is to create a colourful display, lasting throughout the year and for Yarrells to be represented as part of the Upton community. Year 1 will make regular visits throughout the year to maintain the bed.
SWITCH OFF FORTNIGHT AT YARRELLS
Yarrells pupils have been switching on to switching off at Yarrells!! This is an initiative promoted by Eco Schools to raise an awareness of the ways in which energy can be saved in school. This is done by encouraging simple actions. The fortnight kicked off with an assembly and encouraged practical ways to reduce energy use. The Eco Action Team completed an audit, recording where energy was being wasted by leaving lights on, doors open and electrical items on standby and their findings were shared with the school. Posters and stickers were displayed around school to encourage good practice. There will be regular spot checks by the Eco Action Team throughout the coming months. Hopefully, habits will improve and energy usage reduced.