Shorne School has been an ECO School since 1999, when we gained our first Green Flag Award. Since then we have successfully applied for and retained our Green Flag status every two years – the latest one awarded in May 2016. The ECO Committee consists of the Head Boy and Head Girl plus two children representing each of our classes from Years 1 – 6. They take part in litter picking around the school and attend the Gardening Club on Tuesday lunchtimes.
We have an ECO Sensory Garden with has raised beds used to grow different kinds of vegetables and is also used as an outside learning area. Every year we grow potatoes which are used for the ‘Guess the weight of the potatoes competition’ at the summer fete. We also grow pumpkins used in our pumpkin raffle in October. The proceeds from these pay for most of the ECO resources, particularly the bird food for the many feeders we have in the garden. Other activities undertaken each year include:
- RSPB Big Schools Bird Watch
- Waste Week
- What’s under your feet – carried out by Year 3
- The ECO committee representatives from years 4 – 6 are invited to visit the bee keepers/hives at Cobham Hall School
To retain our Green Flag status an Eco-Schools Action Plan and Environmental Review has to be submitted to Eco-Schools in every two years – the next one is due in 2018.