The Primary School Environmental Award was established to encourage the environmental awareness and action of primary-aged pupils through the exploration of an environmentally themed project that could be delivered by pupils. The primary school with the winning idea is awarded £2,000 to take their project from concept to reality, creating many ‘green’ minds in the process.
This year’s North East Primary School Environmental Award-winning project truly reflects the challenge of waste and how we can all play our part in protecting and taking responsibility for our environment.
South Bank Primary School’s Eco Club, made up of enthusiastic Eco Warriors aged between 5 and 11, have set their sights on changing the way they see and manage waste – not only within their school environment but wider community too.
During the kick-off stage of the project, the children will get to grips with waste. They will visit a rubbish tip to understand the variety and quantity of what we are throwing away and how waste is processed. They will explore biodegradable waste – researching the types of supermarket purchases they make, and the amount of waste that is produced. Closer to home, they will carry out a waste audit of the school kitchen. And from here the school’s Eco Mission will begin.
A recycling centre will be introduced where the children will collect, sort and distribute waste for use in crafts or composting; they will produce the South Bank Recycling mascot to act as a reminder of their mission, and host a ‘Trashion Show’ that will see all classes design a recyclable outfit.
High visibility jackets, caps and litter pickers will be purchased for each child as they embark on community litter picks with family and friends to help educate and spread this important message. Posters and fliers will also be created from eco-friendly arts and crafts products – with each flier including a new technique or idea for families to become involved with.
South Bank Primary, we have every faith that you will achieve your Eco Mission and much, much more!
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