St Mary’s is delighted to have been recognized in the Swanage Community Awards with the award for Young Person or People of the Year. This is in recognition of “the tremendous work they have done in their efforts for the environment, including working closely with groups like Sustainable Swanage and Surfers Against Sewage who awarded them with the status of plastic free school.”
You can read about some of the initiatives and activities that show this tremendous work here.
The award was presented to representatives of Years 5 and 6 at a ceremony held at The Band Stand on Tuesday 25 May. See the story and pictures on Swanage News.
Earlier, outgoing Mayor of Swanage Mike Bonfield had presented the award in school.
Thank you to everyone who supported Walk to School Week. The walking bus was a tale of two halves with a still, sunny walk on Tuesday and a cold, blustery one on Thursday. The bus will run again on Tuesday and Thursday of next week.
Someone in Year 4 received an important reply this week, after writing to Her Majesty The Queen. Poppy Scott had written expressing her concerns about the use of plastic in packaging. She received a courteous reply and suggested Poppy visit www.royal.uk and particularly the section entitled The Royal Household and the Environment.
Members of the Green Team invited volunteers from their class to a litter pick around the area outside the school grounds. Despite extremely muddy conditions, they collected a considerable amount of litter along with helpers from Litter-Free Purbeck.
They’re back! Our successful and popular Fair Trade breakfasts will take place in the school hall on 3 and 4 March 2020.
Members of the Green Team have joined a new Sustainable Swanage Youth Group run by the Town Council. In recognition of St Mary’s status as a Plastic-Free School, some of the Green Team were invited to present awards to local businesses as part of Swanage’s application to become a Plastic-Free Town.
The Green Team have some news:
The Green Team visited the town centre to see what local businesses are doing to reduce single use plastic. Some like Salt Pig, Fortes and the Fish Plaice had changed what they were using but others had not. We gave out certificates we had made to the ones we felt were trying to help the environment. We will be writing to Greggs about separating their rubbish for recycling. We also visited Country Foods where you can fill up your own containers with washing up liquid, detergent and shampoo.
Members of our Green Team joined children from other local schools for an Eco-Summit at Stoborough School with workshops and discussions about the many different ways all our children are helping to change the world for the better. There’s a clip on BBC Newsround.
Pupils have been very enthusiastic about the Plastic Free Schools Campaign and many children have been picking up litter both in and out of school. Some of them have even got some specialist equipment for picking up litter on the journey to school.