Our caretaker Keith recently received a ‘highly commended’ framed certificate at the Engage Volunteer of the year awards. Part of the reason Keith was nominated was due to all the recycling work he undertakes at school, as well as all the hours he spends each month litter picking.
At Old Cleeve we run a very popular gardening club registered with the RHS. The children learn the basics from hazardous plants to the safety of using garden tools before getting their hands dirty with weeding and making compost.
We sow lots of seeds during the year including sunflowers, beans and tomato plants. There is even a pumpkin patch where we see who can grow the largest pumpkin. We have a wildlife area where a patch of ground is left undisturbed for lots of insects and reptiles to enjoy. The children also helped to build a bug hotel out of used pallets and filling with materials such as bricks, slates, twigs and straw.
Our school Eco club discovered just how much plastic is affecting our environment. We looked at lunch boxes and encouraged pupils to avoid using single use plastics. The group went out for an hour one afternoon on a litter pick in our local community and were surprised at how much litter they collected from the hedgerows and pathways. The litter was brought back to school and sorted for recycling.
We have joined up with TerraCycle to be a collection point for crisp packets, biscuit wrappers, pet food pouches, toothpaste tubes and other items which are normally difficult to recycle. We sort this into the correct categories before sending away for processing and made into new products such as garden furniture and fence posts. With each batch of recycling we send away to TerraCycle, the school is rewarded with points which are turned into cash through the year.