The schools in the District have really embraced the idea of Sustainable St Albans Week. There is a huge variety of different activities taking place:
All Schools: Sustainable Schools Training Day organised by Sir John Lawes. Attend workshops and share ideas for sustainability work in schools. For pupils from primary and secondary schools in St Albans and District and their teachers. Open to all schools in the district. Places must be pre-booked; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 9.30am – 2.45pm Venue: Annabels Farmschool, Kinsbourne Green AL5 3PR Free
Abbey Primary School: Save a tree go paper free!
The school will spend a day without using any paper at all.
Aboyne Lodge Primary School: Creating 7 murals for our newly developed outside area, each depicting an area of sustainability for Aboyne Lodge. The children will plan and paint the murals (one per class).
Alban City Free School: Litter picking and recycled fashion show
Beaumont School: Eco-champion competition
Five of our sixth form students will be attending the ‘Green Leaders’ training event, and will be delivering inspiring assemblies on the theme of sustainability to partner primary schools in the local area, as well as our own year 7 students. Following on from this, they will launch an ‘eco-champions’ competition which will run throughout the year, encouraging individual students to be proactive in achieving sustainability in their everyday lives.
Camp Primary: Reducing Food Waste
Camp School Eco Committee – run a project to reduce food waste at meal times while making healthy food choices. Family homework –make pledges to reduce waste at home – cook a meal using leftovers.
Fleetville Schools: Carbon footprint week and Eco-school launch
All the children will be considering how to save energy and resources to lower the Fleetville carbon footprint. We will launch the eco-schools programme
Garden Fields: Up-cycling and re-cycling
Every year each class has to make something to sell at our Christmas Fair – this year, we would like to use sustainability week to focus our attention on recycling and up-cycling; so that we can only use materials/things we have already – teachers will not be allowed to order more materials and we will look at how we can be more sustainable with the gifts we give/produce we make – e.g. making gift tags from old Christmas cards/up cycling old photo frames). We also want to use the week to kick start our paper recycling and we will hopefully have some toy/book/ gift swap shops running during that week and will be collecting clothing for charities and unwanted gifts for shoe boxes.
Heathlands School: Saving water
A range of activities throughout the week in lessons highlighting excess water consumption and how the students can reduce their water usage.
Maple School: Giant Litter Blitz
Each class is going to go on a litter pick in and around the local area of our school. We are also having a competition to design the best poster encouraging people to not drop litter.
Mount Carmel Kindergarten: Countryside clean up and Bluebell planting
Every week we take the children on country walks across the fields near the school: during Sustainable St Albans Week we will equip children and staff with litter picking grabbers and buckets for collecting all the rubbish on the field and in the drive. The children will also learn a song about keeping the countryside tidy and make a poster encouraging users of the Sports field not to leave their litter behind. We will also be planting some bluebells in between the trees on the far side of the field.
Prae Wood Primary School: No Paper Day
By not having paper available on this day we aim to challenge the children to think of ways in which we can sensibly and responsibly reuse/recycle paper on a daily basis. They will need to find other ways of communicating during lessons such as recording their learning with photographs/videos and using wipe boards. Staff will also be challenged to find alternative means other than memory by which to communicate observations and important notes!
During the week we will be encouraging everyone at school to walk to school each day and each day we will have a sustainable theme such as making a responsible use of energy, food, water and packaging.
Our children during school will focus on The Water and Wildlife – We will study our own pond and local rivers and discuss the importance of pollution free waterways! We will then expand to include sustainability in our seas and oceans. We also intend to make a large collage of a fish with recycled products.
Samuel Ryder Academy : Planet Protection Programme
We’re going to start an Eco Club and the members will be involved in Sustainable St Albans Week. They will organise a fund-raiser in school to raise money for recycling waste paper boxes for each classroom. They will organise an assembly introduce the scheme and will also organise a rota for the emptying of the boxes. Their philosophy is ‘treat your planet like a princess’ and they have designed a logo of the planet wearing a crown.
Sir John Lawes School: Switch off Fortnight
We are going to be challenging ourselves to see how much energy we can save over Switch Off Fortnight 16th – 29th November.
St Albans Girls’ School: STAGS ECO Council
During sustainability week we will be asking all students and staff to reduce, reuse and recycle as many items that would otherwise be rubbish as possible
St Albans High School Wheathampstead House:
We will do an assembly about caring for our environment, followed by a competition to design a bug hotel. The winning hotel will be made by pupils and placed in a suitable part of our school grounds as selected by the girls.
St Bernadette RC Primary School: Book Swap
All children are invited to bring in a book and swap it for a new one. We are also aiming to have our water butt installed during this week and get our wormery fully operational.We will take some of our Eco Warriors on a training day and try to arrange a green ambassadors assembly to be held at our school.
St Peter’s School: Assembly about how to be green:
Children will be encouraged to wear green on the day. There will be a whole school assembly about how to be green. Each class will take part in a ‘Green’ activity. Children will also be asked to bring in their old toys and will have the opportunity to swap them for something new.
Townsend School: Swap shop: Supporting the need to ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’
Students bring in items to swap with each other for a similar monetary value