Ivydale Eco Council
Look at all the fantastic work our
Eco Council has done so far
This was just the beginning!
Ivydale joined Eco Schools in April 2009. The Government wants every school to be a sustainable school by 2020. Eco Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
We are following a seven step process which helps us to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.
The children are the driving force behind Eco Schools and we have 91 children on board! Over the last few months the children have undertaken two reviews which have given us our action plans from which we are working from.
With all the fantastic work we have undertaken, we have been awarded Bronze and Silver awards and we are now working towards achieving the prestigious Green Flag Award which symbolizes excellence in the field of environmental activity. Only a handful of schools in the country hold the Green Flag award.
Our Eco Council is made up of pupils, staff, parents, governors and members of the wider community.
Our Chickens - We keep chickens in the nursery garden. The children collect the fresh eggs and bake delicious treats!
Ivydale ‘Eco Code’
We ran litter picking sessions at lunch times to ensure our playgrounds are clean and litter free.
We carried out an audit of bins in the school grounds to ensure that the number of bins are sufficient for the amount of rubbish we have.
We looked in all the bins in the classrooms to gauge what was being thrown away. We then held a whole school assembly to remind the children what was rubbish and what was recycling
We displayed ‘Switch off the lights’ signs by every light switch to save energy. We organised an inspection of the boilers fitted a new thermostat to make sure we are not wasting energy. We reminded teachers that they must switch off their Whiteboards when they were not being used. We have applied for an ‘Energy Display Meter’ which will tell us how and where we are using the most energy
All staff were asked to double-side photocopying to save paper.
All classes were given scrap paper trays to encourage to re-use.
We now recycle lunch box packaging and yoghurt pots. We are about to start recycling all our food waste and it will be given back to us as compost to use on our gardening projects
We put ‘Save Water’ signs next to every tap in the school. Tap monitors make sure there are no taps left running in toilets. (We are buying ‘push top’ taps so running taps will be a thing of the past).
We bought water saving devices ands put them in all the toilet cisterns. This saves about 2-3 litres of water per flush!
We asked the council to put a humped Zebra Crossing outside the main school gates to make the road safer for the children.
We asked the council to extend the yellow zig zag lines outside the school and then we put cones along them. This will help stop people
parking their cars there. We asked the council to install additional bike racks outside the school gates to encourage people to cycle to school
We now recyle:
We have two industrial euro bins collected each week
We have one small industrial euro bin collected each week
We collect used batteries and Southwark Council recycle them for us
We send them off to ‘Money to Schools’ who recycle them and send us a small donation which is spent on our Eco projects
We put all the kitchen waste into our three compost bins every day
Traid collect our textiles and recycle them. The money they raise from re-using the textiles is spent on projects such as providing clean water in Kenya, Sapphire Class collected the most textiles and won a clothes making workshop for the class!
WILDLIFE CENTRE VISIT
We visited the Wildlfe Centre in East Dulwich to learn about pondlife and biodiversity to help with our pond and wildlife garden projects. The children did some pond dipping and learned about habitats biodiversity and growing plants. The visit gave us some great ideas.
Creating a Wildlife Garden
Creating a pond area
Caring about out environment is embedded into the work we do at Ivydale and most recently we have explored turning our pond area into a habitat for mini beasts. We are delighted that year on year new groups of children want to develop the environment to make it their own.