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.
Meet 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 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!
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!
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!
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
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.
The green team work very hard at Parson Street and they have been delighted to be recognised for this with the following awards:
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
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!
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.
Parson Street Primary School,
Bedminster Road, Bedminster,
Bristol, BS3 5NR