The Eco-Committee was established in October 2020, and is headed up by Miss Carr, Teacher of Science, but very much driven by our keen committee members from a range of year groups (some of whom are pictured below). Here at De Warenne, we aim to create a generation of young people who are socially and environmentally responsible, and we have been impressed with our pupils’ response.
Our two main foci from the outset were to achieve Green Flag status as an eco-school, and to go plastic-free.
We have introduced plastic-free Fridays, and every pupil in school has a reusable water bottle which has gone a long way to tackling our goals for a plastic-free life! We also hold regular assemblies on recycling and other topical environmental issues, in addition to keeping the wider school community informed through our Eco noticeboard.
The first step on our Eco-Schools journey was Bronze status. The committee conducted an environmental survey of De Warenne, and selected three areas for action: global citizenship, waste, and school grounds. We partnered with Mrs Nadin & the Academy council to fundraise for local charities, we have learned about different cultures; set up a scheme to recycle our food waste more efficiently and re-labelled our recycling bins. We have also begun to set up an allotment to provide food, habitat for wildlife, and a relaxing community space within school grounds (although construction is currently paused due to lockdown!).
We then applied successfully for our Silver status due to our early success, and are currently formulating a plan to achieve our pinnacle Green Flag Eco-schools status!