The Green Team has been active in the media lately, recently appearing on BBC Points West to highlight the issue of air pollution.
Let's Go Fishing!
In May 2019 the Green Team went plastic fishing in Bristol Harbour on a boat made from recycled plastic bottles. This was so inspiring! We picked litter and learned lots about plastic pollution from Clare at Sustainable Learning. We were even interviewed by BBC Points West and were so happy to see ourselves on TV talking about the issue of plastic in waterways. The Green Team have identified plastic use as a key area we can improve in the future at Parson Street. Look out for plastic reduction initiatives and what you can do to help. We are Team Parson Street, Green Parson Street!
Plogging - picking litter while jogging - is a favourite way for Team Parson Street to feel good and do good at the same time! Here we are on our inaugural plog. Loved it so much it has become a regular fixture on our calendar!
The Green Team are busy throughout the year, constantly on the look out for initiatives that make Parson Street even greener. This year we have set up battery collection points and started collecting pens, highlighters and whiteboard markers for recycling through the Terracycle program.
Malago Greenway Berry Maze
We are caretakers of a plot at the Berry Maze. We hold regular weeding sessions and tidy up our plot. We love contributing to the wider community and are proud to be involved with this great community project. Keep an eye out for fun community events held here - families are encouraged to get involved. Many hands make light work!
Updating our forest school area with a little help from our friends
A team of wonderful volunteers from the Bank of Ireland donated a day of their time and almost £1000 to help us update our Forest School area and do the hard landscaping for a new wildlife garden. They built bug hotel frames, which were finished off by the children, planted a native hedge, dug in a log seating circle, filled veg boxes ready for planting and built a gorgeous teepee. Our nursery and reception children are enjoying their Forest School learning in this beautiful space and the Green Team often slips in here to watch for wildlife.
Our Wildlife Garden is a work in progress, we are currently planting wildflowers and butterfly-attracting shrubs, nurturing our newly planted hedge, keeping the birds fed and keeping our micropond topped up. By summer it should be blooming marvellous!
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 has just begun. A new group of eco-warriors has taken ownership of the eco-audit which will highlight what we do well and where we can improve. This eco-audit will help them devise their action plan and all the new initiatives they come up with to make Parson St even greener.
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, parent, teachers 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.
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 ‘Team Parson Street, Green Parson Street.' We are all responsible for making Parson Street as green as it can be.
The Green Team work very hard at Parson Street and they have been delighted to be recognised for this with the following awards:
Parson Street Primary School,
Bedminster Road, Bedminster,
Bristol, BS3 5NR