Good to be Green
The school is committed to playing a part as responsible members of society. The children are educated through many of the different subject areas, such as PSHE and Science about the need to develop a more sustainable lifestyle. Year 5 classes take a term each at being ‘The Green Team’ and this involves the class visiting each classroom to collect paper, cardboard and any plastics such as old glue sticks or pens. These in turn are taken and emptied into the bigger bins. Paper and cardboard are collected regularly by RBK and some of our staff members take home the plastics to re-cycle. We also have a battery collection point by the office. We are pleased to see that plastic waste has been reduced at lunchtimes with many parents using alternative food wraps and re-usable lunch boxes and water bottles.
The school is committed to encouraging parents and children to use sustainable forms of travel whenever possible. Our school is part of the STARs scheme. STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The scheme supports pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality. We are pleased to see many of our pupils either walking, scooting and cycling to school and this was evident in a national Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel survey where we were the best active scoring primary school in our Borough and 107th nationally.
Bikeabiltity courses are run in Year 5 and other initiatives such as pedometer competitions are held regularly throughout the school year. The school has four ECO stars who with the help the local authority help raise awareness of road safety and living in an environmentally friendly way.