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The Green Team at Parson Street loved celebrating our Eco-Schools Green Flag Award on-board The Matthew. The event was organised by Sustainable Learning, an organisation instrumental in helping schools attain the amazing award. 

Green Team Trip to the Matthew - Green Flag Celebration!

Green Team Club Letter 2017-2018

Parson Street Green Newsletter - Spring 2017 edition

Getting ready for Empty Classroom Day 2017 at Parson Street Primary School

Can you help by running a free outdoor activity or visit for our children on Empty Classroom day on Friday 26th May?

Community Litter Pick

 

Yesterday children, staff, parents and other volunteers took part in a Community Litter Pick. We covered local streets including Bedminster Road, Parson Street Shepton Walk and Honeywick Close.

 

Thanks to everyone who took part, especially the team from https://www.neighbourly.com/ It really does help make a difference to our local community.

 

Have a look at all the photos on our YouTube clip.

Parson Street Primary School's Community Litter Pick

Our Green Committee, staff and local volunteers joined forces in February 2017 to clear local streets around the school of litter.

WANTED: CLOTHES AND TEXTILES Week 1 Term 2

It's here! The second edition of our green newspaper is out, written and compiled entirely by the children. They are very proud of it. Happy reading!

The First Edition of Green Times our green newsletter! Hope you enjoy it!

Meet the Green Team!

The Green Team 2014-2015

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We have an active, keen and determined Green Team composed of representatives from each class. These children put themselves forward because they are passionate about sustainability, our environment and reducing waste through recycling. A governor and caretaker are also willing members.

The children take ownership, leading initiatives and inspiring others – this is what makes it innovative and so successful.

Each year the team work together using data they have collated from audits, the school action plan and advice from eco schools to establish an action plan of goals for the following year. Past projects have included annual events such as Waste Week, Switch Off Fortnight and local litter picks. All of these help us achieve our motto of ‘Green World, Green Parson Street.’

Additionally, we work alongside groups supporting local communities. e.g.

    Severnside Railway – improvement of the aesthetics of our local train station through planting and art work

•    Bristol Zoo – fund raising through cake sales and book swaps in return for visits to learn about sustainability and ecology

•    Avon Wildlife Trust – ‘Trout and About’ – a joint project which taught us about the natural environment in our neighbourhood. The Green Team learned about freshwater ecology and how they can play a part to ensure the sustainability of a healthy environment.

•    Bristol Water – conducting a water audit of our school and the children’s homes.

Happily, we were chosen as a case study school for Bristol Council too - check out their Case Study!

An overview of what we do:

Our School began where the average school starts from - we recycled paper and some food waste and encouraged re-use of paper through scrap paper drawers. To move on we felt it was imperative to give the pupils greater ownership , to expand the numbers involved and to take our ideas beyond the school walls. Because the Green team were determined to spread the word about green ethics our drama week continued the theme by putting on a production entitled ‘A Big Green Adventure’ with an audience of over 600 ! We could really promote our philosophy of RRR (especially since our props and scenery were made out of recycled materials). This enabled greater numbers of children to be involved and for children to collaborate on a week-long project. Now, we recycle approximately 88% of our waste.

Resources have always been a challenge but the Green Committee have learned that by offering their skills to local companies we can often resource our projects for free. For example, our rail travel to Weston last year (to complete a beach clean, visit the Seaquarium to learn about ecology and to meet a volunteer from the MCS) was entirely funded by Severnside Rail as a thank you for our support in improving the appearance of our local train station.

Closer to home we have seen a big increase in both the number of staff and children involved with biodiversity for example, through our allotment crew, gardening club, the rejuvenation of our conservation area and pond, the planting of a wild flower garden by our youngest children and our entry for the second year, in the Bristol in Bloom competition.

We also participate in the Bristol Zoo calendular project and the EDF Energy initiative to monitor bees.

Recently, we travelled to Guadalajara to encourage a school there to join eco schools and adapt many of the principles we use here. Also, the children supported a school in Ningbo, China to start recycling by emailing and Skyping the children. It is collaborating with other schools that will motivate our green team to strive to achieve even more as well as giving them opportunities they would never normally have!

Have you spotted our children on billboards and buses yet?

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These pictures are celebrating the future of Bristol and the legacy that European Green Capital will leave behind. We have loved our work with Green Capital this year!

Water Saving!!

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This year we are set to exceed over one million litres of water recycled here at Parson Street! What an achievement. Bring on the rain!

Our trip to Spain

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Newsround

BBC Newsround recently visited Parson Street to look at our Green Committee and see all the fantastic things we are doing to help save the environment.

 

Take a look at their report here http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/34987749

 


 

Skype Call to Ningbo China!

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End of Term Recycling Mountain

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Litter Picking please join us on our next one if you can!

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Our Proudest Moment:

We are delighted that we are not an Eco Ambassador School; one of only 7 in the UK! Read all about how and why we were chosen below and see what George Ferguson has to say about Parson Street.

 

Ambassador School - Press release

More Awards!

The green team work very hard at Parson Street and they have been delighted to be recognised for this with the following awards:

 

  • Bristol City Council Waste Olympics - winner. We won £1000 which meant we could buy the fantastic recycling facilities we have around the school.  
  • Eco Schools Eco Committee of the year - runner up. So proud to come second in this UK wide competition...and we got to meet Kirsty Allsop!
  • Environmental Youth Awards - winner. This innovative and exciting regional competition was started in 1996 by Brigadier John Hemsley with the Royal Bath & West of England Society and has now become firmly established, capitalising upon its success in encouraging many youngsters to become interested in environmental and conservation matters.The aim of the Environmental Youth Awards is to recognise the part played by young people in promoting environmental projects, as well as encouraging a better appreciation and understanding amongst youth about the world around them on and in particular important conservation and environmental issues.This recognition is made on the basis of an award to any group of young people who have made a significant contribution to conservation and/or environmental management and sustainability. We won £500 which we have spent on hedgehog homes, a wormery and lots of things to entice birds to our conservation area. We even bought a bird box with a live web cam which we will hopefully get up and running soon!
  • Bristol Evening Post Eco Committee of the year joint winners

 

 

 

Waste Olympics Award - Bristol City Council. Recieving our Gold Medal for the Waste Olympics

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Keep Britain Tidy Awards

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Youth Environmental Award

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Independent Academy Association Award for being green - runner up

As we wait to hear how we have done at the TIGA awards, we are delighted to hear we have been nominated for a second award on the same night!

Battling it out for the Bristol Post Green Capital Award, 2015 specifically for the Green School or College Award are Parson Street Primary School, Ashton Vale Primary School and City of Bristol College.

Read more: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Finalists-announced-Green-Capital-Awards-2015/story-27932905-detail/story.html#ixzz3qEn5kGIC 


 

Key Events:

Bedminster Lantern Parade. We even used recycled materials for our lantern!

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Working with Aardman Animations and Bristol2015
2015 has been a very exciting year for some of the green team; they found themselves with new responsibilities working alongside both Bristol2015 and Aardman Animations. Amongst many other things, the children have helped develop a new online game called Sustainable Shaun to help raise awareness globally of the need to be sustainable. The game is great fun (follow the link below to play) and has now been nominated for a TIGA award! Watch this space to see how we get on!

Bristol 2015 and Aardman won their category at the TIGA Awards - we are super proud that some of the children at Parson Street helped design it!

https://www.bristol2015.co.uk/news/sustainable-shaun-wins-award/

 

Sustainable Shaun game launch

Parson Street Primary pupils meet Moses the peregrine falcon

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Thanks to our links with Bristol2015 we had a fantastic day out filming a Best of Bristol film which will soon be available for children to watch across the UK.

Let's Walk Bedminster!

Textile Recycling with BTR

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our textile mountain in the autumn term. We raised nearly £300 which has enabled the school, with the support of the PTA, to buy a poly tunnel. This will be built on site and will enable the children to grow their own vegetables and flowers all year round.

 

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