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Eco Week @AldenhamSchool Prep | Sarah Bond #EcoSchools

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Sarah Bond has been a teacher at Aldenham Prep since 2008 and is the Key Stage Two Leader, English Co-ordinator and the School’s Chief Eco Warrior.

Last Summer, Aldenham Prep School was awarded the Eco School Bronze Award and we display our certificate with pride! We are now busy working towards our Silver Award. This is my second year as the school’s chief Eco Warrior and I sit on a committee made up of two very enthusiastic children from each year group along with our Head Teacher, Mrs Gocher and a number of other adults. I tend to chair the meeting but it really is the children who have all the good ideas.

We had to choose a new focus for this year and we decided on ‘Biodiversity’. ‘Habitats’ is a Science topic for a number of year groups and our school is set in such beautiful surroundings we decided we would have enough to keep us busy this year. The children were keen for us to have an Eco Week which we have just completed. The theme for the week was ‘Birds’ and all the children, from our youngest in the Nursery, to our oldest Year 6s were busy making bird feeders, watching the birds, sorting bird feed and counting species that visit the school grounds. The children were thrilled to see on Monday morning that all the feeders had been visited and some of the Cheerio feeders hung in the orchard, were completely empty!

The work towards our Silver Award continues. The Eco Warriors are responsible for making sure lights and computers are switched off, we make sure that we recycle as much as possible, we compost our fruit and vegetable snack waste and we monitor our waste in the Dining Room. The next large projeCharlie Howelct will be another Eco Week in the summer term when the focus will be ‘Butterflies’. The staff in the Prep School have worked hard to make sure the Eco School theme runs through all we do, from English comprehensions, Science investigations, PHSE and Art. The Eco School team will want to see evidence that we have worked hard this year and I already have so much to show them; art work, planning, photos, displays and of course very happy, fat birds in our garden.



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