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.
Please click on the link to follow our Eco Team Twitter page to keep up to date with what we are doing in school.