It is a litter pick day....
Ollie came back to deliver the results in an assembly. The area with the highest pollution level was actually at the back of the school in St Andrew's Close. We think the front entrance is protected by the 'green wall' of shrubbery and trees. The lowest level of pollution was found in Willow View which is our newest building and built with eco- friendly credentials. In order to lower our pollution levels further, we are going to put up some anti-idling signs outside the school to request that drivers turn off their engines. Please also remember not to park or drive up st Andrew's Close. Thank -you!
Clean Air Project
After six weeks, the cannisters were collected and the results analysed.
Update on the way..........
Clear Air Project
Our Eco Committee is currently working with a Sustainable Transport Consultant, Oli Ivens, on behalf of Brent Council to monitor and attempt to improve the quality of the air that we are breathing around the school. Oli visited us and delivered a very informative assembly. He explained that the project will help to address London’s air quality crisis as part of the solution is to educate young people about the issue. By testing the air quality at several locations in our school, we can develop a detailed understanding of air pollution, and recommend measures to Brent Council that can mitigate air pollution exposure, such as green screens and traffic reduction measures. The Eco Committee placed eight test tubes in different locations around the school and these will be analysed in six weeks when we will know the pollution hotspots. We will keep you informed of the findings and developments.
During March we have been participating in Waste Week. As an Eco School, we take our responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle seriously. 3M led a fantastic assembly on our commitment to this as stewards of God’s creation. The pupils have been enjoying activities lead by the Eco Team who have also been busy on a litter pick. We welcomed Phil from Go Green who has led workshops for every class as well as presenting an assembly. Some of these workshops involved visiting our environmental garden and others focused on finding new uses for recyclable materials.
Keen gardeners have been very busy planting veggies for the kitchen and for sale. No one minds getting grubby hands in this school. Thanks to all who have been very supportive in purchasing produce. All proceeds to Solar Schools.
Our Lady of Grace Junior School
was recently awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award,
only one other school in Brent has received this award so we are very
proud of our achievement.
A huge thank you to Mrs Jones, Mr O'Toole
and our wonderful class representatives.
The Eco-Schools Programme
Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.
Our mission is to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities.
What’s more, by addressing environmental issues in school and reducing waste, they'll save money, which can be reinvested elsewhere.
For more information please visit: www.eco-schools.org.uk/aboutecoschools/theprogramme
Sponsored Solar Day
The sun shone on Solar Day as a huge turn out on bicycles, scooters and foot raised £5000 for our new sustainable energy cause. Thanks so much to all those who participated and donated. Check out the photographs.
The Gardening Club
On a cold December's morning, members of our school's Eco Committee and The Gardening Club came together to plant a copse for The National Woodland Trust. We planted 30 saplings, a mixture of Hawthorn, Dogwood, Hazel and Rowan.
Winter Time in the OLOG Garden.
The Gardening Club have planted onions and garlic in our raised beds.
The Eco Team have been busy making the Environmental Garden a refuge for the cold winter months ahead.
We have created habitats for birds, insects, frogs and hoglets.
We completed a litter pick in our lunch hour so that the animals have a safe home.
The Gardening Club
The Gardening Club is in full swing this term. Two new raised beds have been built in the Horizon House Garden. We now have four, including the two older ones in The Environmental Garden. All have been weeded and planted with vegetables and flowers such as radishes, carrots, peas , beans, sunflowers and poppies. We have learnt about drilling, compost, raking soil and so much more!
We are now tackling The Grotto and creating a wonderful area to honour Our Lady. We have planted a new clematis to adorn her special case.
A new wormery has been installed in order to make our own compost.
We have now got rid of all bins in school and are fully recycling all our rubbish.