Green Team Plastic Campaign News

The Green Team presented their petition to managers of Co-op and Budgens asking that they try and reduce unnecessary plastic packaging in their stores. Since our last visit to Budgens they have switched to paper bags instead of plastic for customers to use when buying loose fruit and veg.

Green Team Petition

We visited our local supermarkets, Budgens and Co-op, once again, this time to collect signatures for our petition. We now have over 300 signatures from our local community and hope to collect even more. Soon we will be sending our petition off to the supermarkets  and hope that they do something about this tragedy of plastic waste.

Written by Dobrusia (Y6)

 

 

Green Team: Unnecessary Packaging

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.

Plastic-Free Schools

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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:

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Plastic Free Supermarkets

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.

Green Team Gardening

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.

Swanage Mayor meets with Year 6

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:

  1. 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.
  2. To design posters that can be displayed in local parks, encouraging owners to pick up after their dogs.