The school Green Team recently visited the Budgens and Coop supermarkets in the town to look at how much unnecessary packaging is being used. They also asked members of the public what they thought and they agreed unanimously that it should be reduced. Next the Green Team will be writing to the supermarkets to ask if this is possible.
St Mary’s has signed up to the Plastic-Free Schools campaign organised by Surfers Against Sewage.
We want to eliminate all single use plastic from our school and as a start we collected all the single-use plastic from our lunchboxes and identified three items that we could try not to use.
These are our top three:
The Green Team visited Swanage beach on a very damp afternoon for a beach clean. They found a wide collection of rubbish to remove, including plastic, glass and dead fish and rays.
This year the Green Team are working on reducing plastic waste at school and in our local environment. We established a link with the local Litter Free Purbeck group in Swanage after a visit from Wayne Dixon, who’s about half way around a litter picking/beach-cleaning walk around the UK coastline. Wayne is the No. 1 Litter Ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy and is also a recipient of one of the Prime Minister’s Points of Lights awards.
Read more about Wayne’s walk here. Photos of him and Koda in school to follow.
The Green Team have been planting the flowers from the Mary Procession. They are also planning some raised beds for summer vegetables, and planting giant sunflowers in and around the school ground.
Thank you to all parents, family and friends who contributed plants to the procession.
Following the Beach Management advisory meeting attended earlier in the year by Yr 6 representatives, Mayor of Swanage, Councillor Bonfield and Management Support Officer, Miss Clarke, visited us in school to report on the issues raised.
We were given copies of the minutes of the meeting and supporting documents. It was exciting to see our questions recorded. You can see the minutes of the meeting here.
In addition to the answers given at the original meeting, Cllr Bonfield reported that the locks at Burlington Chine Toilets have been replaced; there are temporarily new ‘big belly bins’ in the square; and that conversations are ongoing about dogs and closing Shore Road. However, the latter is not a Swanage Town Council matter.
The pupils were thanked for the effort they put into preparing ideas and plans for a possible splashpark in the town, although it was explained how this may not fit into council budgets.
Cllr Bonfield closed the meeting with two requests:
- That the pupils help Swanage Town Council to spread the word to not feed seagulls. They will be displaying posters and speaking in assembly about this.
- To design posters that can be displayed in local parks, encouraging owners to pick up after their dogs.
Thanks to all the children (and parents/grandparents!) who supported our Fairtrade Breakfast this morning. They enjoyed hot chocolate, juice, bananas and toast and jam. Key Stage 2 tomorrow! Also, thank you to the staff and PTA who provided and organized the breakfast.
Year 6 were invited to send representatives to attend a Swanage Town Council Beach Management Committee meeting. They were exceptionally fortunate as the meeting took place at the town’s new RNLI Station, which is still being completed and is closed to the public. They were the first school group to have a tour!
The School Council and Green Team members discussed aspects of the town’s tourism industry with their families and peers before each writing two questions to ask at the meeting.
Their questions were:
- Why are there no bins on the beach?
- Could we have a splash park in the town?
- Why is there no green area where we can play sport without dogs mess?
- Why do boats come so close to the shoreline?
- Can you make the locks on the toilet doors easier to use?
- Could you close the seafront all year around?
They brought the committee’s answers back to share with their classmates.
Over 40 staff and pupils set out on the walking bus from St George’s field to school as part of Walk to School Week.
St Mary’s Summer fete is not too far away and we would like to encourage our children to help prepare for it. We are going to ask some of the children to plant us some welly planters to sell at the fete. That’s where YOU come in …
Please can you send any old wellington boots in, any colour or quality is great as we can always decorate them, if you can only find one that is also fine!
We will then upcycle them and plant them up to look so fabulous you will want to buy them back! Donations of spare compost or seeds also gratefully accepted.
Please send any wellies into the school office in the next week so that we can get started.
The Welly Team.
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