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Wessex Watermark Award

On Monday 7th September 2015, the Garden Club were awarded a cheque from Wessex Water as part of their Watermark Award scheme. These awards supprort organisations with environmental projects and our project was to buy 6 water butts, 3 solar powered water pumps and lots of irrigation hose in order to set up a self-watering system in the school kitchen garden. Once it is in place, the solar powered pumps will drip feed rain water from the water butts onto the raised beds during sunny weather but will not water as much during cloudy weather. Mrs Gillian Smith, Education Officer at Wessex Water and a one-time teacher at Shaw Primary School, presented a cheque for £467 to Garden Club during our school assembly.

For a link to the Wessex Watermark Award scheme click here: https://www.wessexwater.co.uk/watermark/

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As part of our application, Garden Club took on a comitment to raise the remaining £50 needed for the project. So during the school holidays some of the children sold the produce that could be harvested from a stall outside Waitrose in Melksham. Waitrose have been very helpful to the school, providing seeds and equipment as part of their 'Grow to Buy' scheme for schools. With their help, we raised over £70!

For a link to Waitrose 'Grow to Sell' click here: http://waitrose.pressarea.com/pressrelease/details/78/CORPORATE%20NEWS_13/3437

Melksham in Bloom 2015

On Sunday 13th September, Garden Club attended the Melksham Open Garden Show to collect our awards for Melksham in Bloom. We won first place for the Best Horticultural Display in the Schools category and Miss Cotton won 2nd place for her Foundation Class Explorer's Garden in the Schools' Wildlife Garden category.

 

Eco Awareness

Our wonderful grounds makes develoing eco-awareness a natural step. The children are keen to look after their surroundings and are concerned for the health of the planet on which they are living. Eco-awareness comes in a variety of forms. We have managers for composting, recycling and electricity usage. This year we are undertaking the steps to gain the highest eco award that schools can receive: The Green Flag. Mrs Cheeseman and, during her maternity leave, Mrs Williams, are the teachers who leads our eco development and are working with the Eco Council to get this award.         

        http://www.eco-schools.org.uk/     

 

Eco Council

Our Eco-Council is made from members of each class who are voted in by their class-mates.They meet regularly with Mrs Cheeseman and, during her maternity leave, Mrs Williams,  the teachers leading Eco awareness and development.  Mrs Galloway (TA), Mrs Harrison (Governor) and Mrs Little (parent) also sit on the council.

The Eco-council have developed an Eco-Code which is displayed in every classroom (see PDF below).  Every class in the school also has an Eco area for which they are responsible. These areas can be viewed in the document below.

Each year, the Eco-Council  aims to develop an action plan for the year's improvements. This year they are aiming to work towards the prestigious Green Flag award. You can find more information about recent and current projects here: 

Recycling

The children are keen on the idea of recycling and looking after their world. At Shaw, the children in Year 5 and 6 manage different aspects of school life. For example, the Paper Managers are responsible for collecting and recycling waste paper and taking it to the paper recycling bin. Children eat fruit or vegetables at breaktime snack with the waste collected daily and taken to the compost bins. The compost produced is then used in our kitchen garden.

As well as putting cardboard and paper in their class recycling basket, the children will also collect up their plastic milk bottles to be reused or recycled and used postage stamps are collected and sent off to raise money for various charities. In the Autumn, the children have great fun collecting fallen leaves from the grounds and then adding them to our leaf mulch compost pile near the pond area!

PAFOS collect unclaimed lost property at the end of each term to sell to to parents at cheap prices! PAFOS are also responsible for the clothing bank located in the parents' car park which also raises revenue for the school.

All in all, a lot of recycling goes on at Shaw Primary!

Awards

In 2011, Shaw Primary was put forward for the annual Environmental Youth Award for Wiltshire schools. A judge from the Farming and Countryside Education charity visited the school and was very impressed with the way in which we use our grounds and recycle what we can. We subsequently found out that we had not only won the Wiltshire award, but had also been put forward for the regional finals. The prize-giving ceremony at the West of England Showground saw us compete with entries from Bristol, Somerset and Dorset and finaly win! We received a cheque for £250 for winning the Wiltshire divisin and £500 for winning the Regional Finals. We were also presented with a beautiful hand-made plaque and a lovelly scupltured Ram's Head trophy.

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