The Green Team are representatives from across the school who are helping the school become aware of the environmental issues they are faced with and how to become an eco school, who actively look after the environment we live in and find ways to make it one which is sustainable.
Their focus this year is on sustainable travel and waste. They have already got Bronze award from Eco-Schools for their initiatives and determination towards making our school a greener place to be and will continue this year in ensuring we run effective recycling systems and that the whole school and community are made aware of the small steps everyone can make to support the future generations. Similarly, they are working toward TFL Stars accreditation which means Transport for London will recognise us a school who strongly value sustainable travel to and from school as well as trips made within the school day.
The Green Team representatives for this Academic Year are:
- Year 1 – Alicia & Jack
- Year 2 – Emilio & Iris
- Year 3 – Zi Ting & Xayden
- Year 4 – Kwame & Jemimah
- Year 5 – Bluebelle & Elsie-May
- Year 6 – Cass & Trevan
“No Idling” campaign
As part of our work on promoting sustainable travel to and from school, the our Green Team have decided to launch a “No Idling” campaign outside the school gates, starting in the Spring term.
All vehicle owners are asked to turn off their engines whilst they wait outside the school gates in order to improve air quality, reduce emissions and create a healthier environment around our school.
An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than travelling at 32 miles per hour. We believe that by making this simple change, we can make a real difference and improve the air we all breathe.
Let’s work together to protect our environment!
In the autumn term, the Green Team had a very busy term preparing for Road Safety Week. This week entailed workshops and activities for all the classes to remind them of the dangers on the roads around them and how to stay safe when walking, cycling or scooting around Hackney. The Green Team made a dark box which represented the dark streets during winter. They created small people who were wearing different colours, some dark and some bright. They used this to teach classes about the importance of dressing bright in order to be seen in the winter months. They then organised a whole school ‘Be Bright, Stay in Sight’ day where children thought about the colours they should be wearing in order to be seen and be safe. They gave our bright clothing prizes to the children who dressed in the most creative way!
The green team also organised a Biker’s Breakfast, which was a get together for those children who cycle or scoot to school. We had children from reception up to year 6 attending and it was a great opportunity for cyclists to discuss how their transport choices help the environment and ways to get more children cycling and scooting to school.
The Green Team also thought about how to celebrate Christmas in a sustainable way. They expressed concerns about the amount of waste that is created over the festive period and came up with some amazing ways to prevent this such as using newspaper for wrapping paper, cutting up old Christmas cards to make gift tags and making decorations out of recycled materials! They then hosted a small get together with other teachers, parents and members of Hackney council to present their ideas and our audience thought they were very creative indeed!
This upcoming term, the green team are going to be thinking about how to encourage more children to walk and cycle to school. They are in the process of completing a mode of travel survey to record data on how many children use sustainable travel to get to school and then plan some initiatives around this. We are also going to be starting up the Walk once a Week badge scheme to get more children using sustainable travel to get to school at least once a week.