St Bede's is proud to be an Eco School with Silver Award status and has previously gained the top award of Green Flag Status.
The staff and students work very hard on recycling and reducing our carbon footprint. There are groups of 'Eco Warriors' who, amongst other things, are responsible for emptying the recycling bins in classrooms and offices.
The IT department have a recycling facility in place for printer toners and cartridges and use compatible toners where possible from a local company. The compatible toners are produced on-site in Bristol, further reducing the carbon footprint in transportation. Software is also used to monitor and reduce the amount of wasted prints.
Eco Committee - What we have been up to?
Each year the Eco Club & committee focus on a number of themes. Some of the activities we have been involved in now and throughout the school year are listed below:
All houses are involved in litter duty of the school playground on a 3 week rotation.
The whole school will be involved in ‘Waste Week’ during March and pupils will make pledges in order reduce their waste.
Monitoring the energy levels of the school through the analysis of the kilowatt hours and using their findings for ‘Switch it off fortnight’ in November.
Carry out litter picks of Eco area
Involved in Bin it! Love it! Workshop & activities
Ran Litter poster competition
Making and displaying anti- litter posters around college during waste week
Looked at the effects of litter on the environment
Discussed strategies for reducing litter around the college
Increased and improved number of recycling bins around college.
More Eco Committee members will be recruited in through assemblies
New recycling rota launched.
Plans to improve the eco garden and the construction of insect hotels.
Whole school Assembly on Water Poverty to take place in March in line with waste week and world water day on 20th March 2016
Posters to be displayed around college about water poverty / saving water.
Learning about how much water we use in a day.
Pledges made to reduce water use.
To learn about water poverty
Discussed essential & non- essential water use
Water- saving posters created ready for World Water Day.
Area has been cut back
The Eco Club has planned and drafted an improved eco area themselves with themes of each house with aims for it to be made into a tranquil place to be used by all pupils
New paths & raised vegetable beds / seating area built by Eco club.
Visits to City Farm will be coordinated with Philosophy fortnight & to see sustainability in action.
Building of Bird Boxes, Bird feeders and insect hotels for the Eco Area.
New Recycling team in place- Each tutor group is involved!
New recycling rota- Recycling is collected 3 times a week (once for each house!)
Recycling of Christmas cards planned for January
Waste Week posters displayed around college ready for Waste week in March.
Waste week activities in tutor groups.
Recycling activities carried out in Eco Club-
‘3 R’s’ & limits of landfill sites.
Clothes recycled: Clothes for a cause.
Switch off Fortnight- Assemblies to all houses / stall in blue area / t-shirt making / pledges / monitoring lights & computers left on in classrooms.
Pupils to take part in POD ‘Good bye standby’ & ‘Switch on to switching off’ activities
Energy saving board - to be displayed in blue area during switch off fortnight to raise awareness.
Energy efficient lighting in all classrooms
Whole school recycling
Switch Off Fortnight
Transport Plan to be carried out by the Eco Club to analyse how pupils are travelling to school. Pupils will be looking at the percentage of pupils coming to school by bus / bike or walking.
School has a set of bikes and bike sheds to encourage riding to school.
Eco area is to be regenerated
Eco area cleared, with help of Eco club, caretakers & Carl Britton.
Plans for raised vegetable beds & seating area made by Eco area.
Plans for themed garden areas based on school houses to be established
Construction of Insect Hotels.