On Thursday 28th July five presentations were made to the school Chair of Governors, the business manager and the bursar. The five carbon enquiry groups presented their three observations from their time in Chamonix, their proposal for change at our school, and finally their proposal for change at their secondary schools. The three guest were impressed by both the quality of the presentations and the ideas and proposal made. Following some questions, all of the guests were happy with the proposals and felt they will have a positive impact on our school. In the afternoon, each group met to organise how they would implement these changes within the next three weeks. Meetings were arranged with adults and groups and time scales were drawn up. The groups will record their progress on this blog over the next weeks.
Water = To use Eco Driver to measure our school’s water consumption. To remove troughs for unwanted water from the lunch hall so that no water is wasted. At secondary school, to raise awareness of how precious water is by speaking to their peers and staff at school.
Energy = To introduce our 100 Club to the community. Local shops will be asked to sign up to our energy challenge so they start to measure and reduce their energy. The group will present to a member of the leadership team at four secondary schools, informing them of the value of measuring energy and proposing the installation of energy measuring software and equipment.
Waste = To remind parents of the importance of preparing packed lunches will little to no packaging . To ask the school eco council to monitor packaging and waste at lunch times and weigh waste on specific days. At secondary school, the children will speak to the head of year 7 and the catering team about reducing packaging and waste.
Transport = To set up a monthly Green Boot Challenge. This challenge will monitor each class’ mode of transport to school. The class with the most eco friendly results will win ‘Green Time’ – a period of time off the curriculum where the class can enjoy their passions. At secondary school, the group will ask to put up a video on the school websites encouraging their peers to travel to school by non polluting transportation.
Food = To speak with the kitchen staff and ensure that the lunch menu is designed to support the needs of pupils, with high energy food on offer for days where lots of sport will take place. At secondary school, they will suggest a portion control whereby children will inform kitchen staff if they are ‘normal’, ‘hungry’ or ‘starving’. This will ensure that children receive an appropriate portion for their needs.