This year we have extended our eco army and we now have two children from each KS2 class.
This year’s Eco Councillors are:
Year 3: Leo, Polly, Samuel, Robbie
Year 4: Amber, Stanley, Bluebelle, Lacey
Year 5: Lucas, Mia, Lois, Riva
Year 6: Maddison, Jazmine, Aiden
They have all been elected by their class for showing passion for helping the environment and for their fantastic ideas. Last year, to gain the Green Flag Award with Merit, the eco councillors became Dacorum Street Champions so they could carry out frequent litter picks. The whole school got involved with ‘The Great Big School Clean’, we introduced food waste bins to every classroom and we held a Book Swap on World Book Day.
This year we have already set up The Wonderful Welly Shop to encourage reusing and recycling. Recently, a visitor from Dacorum Council came in to talk to KS2 in assembly about litter and recycling. The children in KS2 have become Dacorum Street Champions and KS1 mini councillors decided to sign up too so we can all work together to improve our school grounds.
Green Flag Award
We have been awarded the Green Flag several years in a row and the flag can be seen flying high in the school entrance. Our Eco Army have been busy working on a new action plan for this academic year, which you can view by clicking the link at the top of this page.
We will continue to monitor:
- Paper waste
- Water wastage
- Energy wastage
- Recyclable waste & use of recyclable products
- Best use of Springfield and school grounds
- Walk to School weeks
- Healthy Living and vegetable planting
- Integrating Fair Trade
How can you help?
Here are some ways you can encourage your children to be environmentally aware, and help us to achieve the award this year:
- Get the children involved in sorting and recycling rubbish at home to put in the recycling bins provided by the council.
- Use a garden composter – let the children add the waste and see the resulting compost.
- Save energy by switching off electrical items that are not being used. Don’t leave TV´s on standby.
- Encourage them to save water e.g. don´t let the water run whilst cleaning your teeth.
- Walk to and from school whenever possible.
As well as helping your children make a positive contribution to their world, you will also be supporting them with their learning. By doing these things they will be learning aspects of Geography, Science, Maths, PE, PSHE and citizenship!
We were awarded Fairtrade school status in in June 2013. To achieve this we had to fulfil a number of criteria. One of which is to have a whole school Policy for Fairtrade in which everyone in school including the pupils, Governors, Head of School and BAPA agree to encourage and promote the use of Fairtrade products in school.
Road safety at Bovingdon Primary Academy
Following the Road safety petition to Herts County Council early 2017, the governors and staff have been working hard to find ways to make travelling to school safer and more sustainable. We can all see the impact that the volume of car journeys has on the village centre every day, and we want to make sure we can make the village as safe as possible for everyone.
As a school, we actively want to encourage our pupils and staff to walk, scoot or cycle to school as this:
- keeps us fit and healthy
- helps our pupils develop road safety skills which will keep them safe as they travel further afield and more independently
- helps keep our local air clean, and our streets free from congestion
We believe these are life skills that everyone should be able to benefit from.
We have registered for Modeshift Stars https://modeshiftstars.org/ and achieved our silver award last year.