We are The Gates Eco Team
Here at The Gates, we take great pride in our role as part of the Eco Team.
Please click on the link below to find out more about what we aim to do.
At the start of this year, we have looked at ways to improve our school environment, then wrote an action-plan based on how were going to meet the ‘Seven Steps’ on our way to becoming a ‘Green Flag’ accredited school. Our aim is to achieve the schools Eco-Schools 'Green Flag' award over the course of the next academic year.
We aim to support our peers in school to change the way we think about our environment, growing this idea into the wider community.
We promise to work together to change the way we think about our school environment and subsequently the Earth, growing this idea into the wider community of Westhoughton and Bolton.
We aim to:
Ensure that our work improves the environment of our school and it's place in the Westhoughton community.
Increase everyone's awareness of sustainability and climate change.
Undertake projects that make a difference to the school ground and that of the local community.
We are currently on our way to achieving 'Green Flag' status for our school and are undertaking as many projects as possible to support our three main aims against the 'Seven Steps' criteria. Our main focus' this year are: Biodiversity, Litter and School Grounds. This will help to support our peers by keeping our environment clean, and forming good links for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC).
Well, what a busy Autumn term it has been for our Eco-Team!
This term, it has been noticeably wet and miserable outdoors, so our work took on a more ‘administrative’ element and we started to make great headway with our ‘Eco Schools Green-Flag Award’ through some paper-based tasks. It has been interesting to find out more about the workings behind the scenes of our school, particularly within our ‘Environmental Review’, where we asked questions based on our schools’ sustainability, even to our Kitchen staff regarding the source of the fish we eat for school meals!
We continued to be pro-active outdoors, weeding and maintaining our school gardens and grounds when possible and planning some exciting changes to our school grounds as part of our ‘Action Plan’. We are looking forward to taking part in events like, ‘The Great British Spring Clean’ and ‘The Big Garden Birdwatch’ across Spring term and adding to our school grounds development.
Spring Term 2 Update
This term we have really focused our efforts on ‘spreading the word’ about our role and responsibilities as Eco-reps in school. The main task this half term has been to make sure we have informed as many people in school as possible about our upcoming ‘major’ projects that will see us plant 1300 tree across school! This has been provided by the charity, City of Trees and The Woodland Trust and we are fortunate to have members of team of forestry trained adults to participate in our planting project!
One of our big achievements this half term was to successfully deliver our first assembly to the whole school in Key Stage phases. Our assembly theme for our ‘Big Question’ of that week was based on collaborative learning and we were able to share our ideas for the future. We chose sustainability as our main theme and how we as a team have tried to embed this across school. We discussed our tree planting project and how we will have to work collaboratively to plant and sustain this development.
We continued with our weeding, litter picking and ‘routines’ to maintain the look of school and upkeep our targets towards the schools ‘Eco Award’ application, due at the end of May!
Please click on the link to follow our Eco Team Twitter page to keep up to date with what we are doing in school.