Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School

A Newman Partnership School within the Diocese of Portsmouth

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Eco Schools


We have now achieved our Bronze Eco Schools Award (February 2021)!

We will now be working towards our Silver Award. You can find regular Eco updates in our 'Latest News' section.


Our Eco-Schools journey

The Eco-Schools programme has a simple framework which provides the tools to promote and develop sustainability throughout the school.


The Eco-Schools framework consists of seven elements
1. Eco-Committee
2. Environmental Review
3. Action Plan
4. Involving the whole school and wider community
5. Linking to the curriculum
6. Monitoring and evaluation
7. Eco-Code

There are nine topics to choose from and energy is now a compulsory topic.  The Eco Force team have chosen to focus on Energy, School Grounds and Waste.


Nine topics
1. Energy
2. Water
3. Biodiversity
4. School grounds
5. Healthy living
6. Transport
7. Litter
8. Waste
9. Global citizenship

Eco Update  - November


Look at what we've been growing in our school gardens! We planted some tiny pumpkin seeds back in late Spring - and now we have six gigantic pumpkins! Our second batch of potatoes have also been very successful.


Shell, our school cook, made a tasty side dish for us to try this week, using our potatoes and pumpkins. Lots of us tried the roasted potato and pumpkin mix - it was lovely! We are very proud that we have been able to grow and eat our own produce!

Eco Update - March cont..


Look at our fabulous bee hydration stations that have been created by each class!


Each class was given a plain fence post (kindly donated by the Lymington Fencing Centre) to decorate in bright colours, to attract bees!


We used milk bottle tops which have been affixed with glue guns, that our Eco Team will top up with water each day. A small pebble will be placed in each one for bees to land on while they stop for a rest and hydrate.


We had great fun decorating our posts and designing our stations and we hope that local bees will benefit from our work! They will be placed all around the school grounds (nearby to flowers) so that bees can stop by for a drink, should they need one.

We have sent pictures of our designs to Conservation Connection (organisers of the New Forest Big Bee Rescue) and asked them to pick their favourite! The winning class will receive a prize... watch this space for more news!

Eco Update - March


Mr Clark has been working with the Eco team to plant some spring onions today as part of the 'Innocent Big Grow' initiative. We will also be planting pumpkin seeds, radishes and peas now that the weather is getting warmer! Watch this space for more news about the vegetable growing competition that is underway between the year groups! 



December 2020

Year 2 Speeches

Year 2 have been reading "10 Things I can do to help my world'' alongside other Eco books, thinking about how we can care for our planet. They too have recorded their own news reports, imploring the public to change their ways!

Year 5 Speeches

Children in Year 5 have written their own persuasive speeches during Autumn 2.

After hearing speeches by Greta Thunberg, pupils were inspired to write their own speeches about injustice issues close to their heart. The children researched around their topics to include relevant case studies, facts and statistics. They have also worked hard to think about the purpose and features of persuasive writing, to connect with their audience. Year 5 also attended the virtual summit on Climate change by Greenpeace around 'Nature, Oceans and Water' and have looked at David Attenborough's Blue Planet. Their written speeches to the public urge them to take better care of our oceans and marine life.


Some of our pupils have recorded their speeches as news reports! You can watch them here!


*Please note there are more to come!

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