Green Team launch 2019!
We welcomed the new year with a get together to make bird feeders for the tree above the chicken coop. Some new green friends and old talked about our big ideas for the Green Team for the year. An after-school Green Team Club will be starting shortly - watch this space!
Our brand new team is super green and super keen to continue making a difference to our school and local community and beyond! Throughout the school year we will strive to renew our Eco-Schools Green Flag by continuing and extending the amazing, student-led sustainability practices embedded here at Parson Street.
In October 2018 our new Green Team headed out into the community for the first of many planned litter picks. On a glorious Autumn day a jolly band of green kids and families blitzed the area around Bartletts Bridge and along Bedminster Rd as part of Bristol Council's Autumn Litter Blitz. We collected 5 huge bags of litter and we all caught the clean up bug! Obviously the more the merrier so keep your eye out for forthcoming events.
The Green Team:
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 the caretakers are also willing members.
The children take ownership, leading initiatives and inspiring others – this is what makes it innovative and so successful. A new focus this year will be on investigating how we can reduce our impact rather than just recycle.
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. Projects include annual events such as Switch Off Week, Empty Classroom Day and local litter picks. All of these help us achieve our motto of ‘Green World, Green Parson Street.’
Last academic year, we were thrilled to be invited to the Eco-Awards in collaboration with Sustainable Learning. We also collaborate with other schools which helps motivate our green team to strive to achieve even more as well as giving them opportunities they would never normally have! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss a project or have a great green idea.
Over the years, we have also seen a big increase in both the number of staff and children involved with biodiversity for example, through our gardening club, the rejuvenation of our conservation area and pond and the planting of a wild flower garden by our youngest children. Our Autumn Two Term sees the launch of the Forest School program with some our youngest Team Parson Street members.
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.
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.