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Eco School

As an eco-friendly and active school, I am proud to say that, we celebrated ‘Walk to School Week’ (20th -24th May) and on Thursday 20th June, we took part in Clean Air Day. We wanted to encourage our pupils to increase their daily activities, in order to gain a healthier lifestyle, reduce congestion around the school and improve safety.
Children pledged what they would do on the marked occasion, to make it a cleaner environment to breathe in. Some children made eye-catching and decorative posters to inform others about making the air less polluted. Other children carefully designed a Clean Air Superhero, with a comic strip to match. The children were also encouraged to visit a green space in their local areas. I am pleased with the positive attitude our pupils have with their involvement. I hope they remember how they have made a difference on this day and how they can continue to make a difference for the future.
Well done everyone!

Miss Jefford

The Eco Warriors and volunteers recently took part in The Great British Spring Clean on Wednesday 20th March and Thursday 21st March. The spring clean was about encouraging people from all over Hertfordshire to get involved with helping to keep their local area clean and tidy. 
We organised a litter picking day at school. Veolia loaned the school, a community clean up kit, which included litter-pickers, recycling bags and refuse bags. 
The children really enjoyed the activity and did a wonderful job in making our school environment a cleaner and tidier place to be! Well done to all those involved!

This term our Eco Warriors have been taking part in the ‘What’s under your feet’ survey.  This has involved looking at the type of creatures that are in the top 5cms of the soil, this information has been especially important due to the very dry summer we have had.

On Tuesday 24th January, Joanna and Dale, from Veolia and who works in close partnership with Watford Borough Council, came to Chater Junior School to raise our awareness of anti-litter and fly-tipping. Unfortunately, we found out that this is a common issue in the area that we know happens regularly. We were very fortunate to run a campaign that would be beneficial to the residents in West Watford to discourage dumping and for our school to be involved in helping to transform these areas into beautiful and well looked after sites. There was a competition where children had the chance to design an anti-fly tipping artwork which will be used on a postcard delivered to all houses in the area, as well as well as displayed around the litter bins.

On Tuesday 20th February, the mayor of Watford ‘Dorothy Thornhill’ as well as Joanna, Dale and the press visited the school to announce the two winners of the artwork designs. They were very impressed with all the designs and thank every child who was involved in the competition. I am pleased to say that Armani from 4HB took 1st place, as her design clearly represented a message about not making Watford a wasteland. Her designs will have been posted to all residents in West Watford. Well done Armani! Also, Sajjad in 3J won the runner up prize which will be displayed on the utility box in Harwoods Road and has won a family swim session kindly donated by Everyone Active Watford Leisure Centre Central. Congratulations to both winners – very well deserved!

The Eco Reps have already been busy with Miss Morris this term.  They have started their first task ‘What’s under your feet?’.  This is run throughout the year, for one week in Autumn, Spring and Summer where the reps dig in the garden area to find insects and record what they find.  They  will also carry out a bird survey. This data is sent off to scientists to use.  Other schools will also take part and this gives the scientists an idea on animal movement across the country.

We recently had some repair work carried out on our willow ‘twigloo’ in the playground.  As you can see it really does look fantastic again!

Chater Junior School’s Eco Committee, which first met in the Summer Term 2008, is made up of pupils from each class, staff, a volunteer and a governor. We received the Bronze Award in July 2008 and the Silver Award in the April 2009. We have made up an Eco Code which covers some of the areas from our Action Plans. Everyone come and help Clean up litter – put it in the bin Caring for our planet, composting fruit waste Helping to make habitats for minibeasts Attracting birds to our school Turning off taps, lights and computers Everyone can enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden Recycle paper, reduce our waste!