Reusing at its best!

A number of staff at Ecton Brook have very kindly donated old clothes, coats, blankets and sleeping bags over the past few weeks to a charity supporting people who are homeless. This is a fantastic way to reuse old clothing and means such a lot to the people who are receiving these. A massive thank you to all of those who donated, you have really made a difference.

Reception Year reuse, reduce and recycle!

Reception Year have been working really hard to reduce the amount of waste they throw away. The children have been learning about 3D shapes and made houses from junk modelling. The boxes gave them the opportunity to talk about the shapes of the faces. They then used their amazing houses to create a scene from The Snowman which will be used to support their imagination as they read and retell the story. Great work Reception!

Switch Off Fortnight

Switch Off Fortnight started today! On the Ecton Brook Campus we completed an energy audit to see how well classes are doing with regards to their energy usage. This audit occurred at lunch time so we were meticulously checking if teachers had remembered to turn off their interactive screens and laptops when not in use and if lights had been turned off in empty classrooms. Over the next 2 weeks we will be monitoring energy usage across the school to see if we can decrease the amount that we use. The classes that we feel have worked the hardest to do this will receive a certificate as well as a cute mascot for their class! Please help us to reduce our energy usage by…

Turning off plugs when they are not being used.

Turning off screens and monitors not in use.

Making sure laptops are in sleep mode or turned off when not being used.

Turning off lights in rooms not in use.

Please make sure your class has chosen energy monitors to help to give reminders to the adults in your room!

This cute prizes could be yours! Start saving energy now!

Let’s get composting!

Recently Miss Cooper and Mrs Male bagged up the compost that we made last school year. We managed to fill a whopping 10 bags of lovely, beautiful compost! This Ecton Brook compost already has plans to be used by a number of Year groups. We look forward to hearing about the projects that this compost has supported.

We are now in a position to start composting again, you will get a notification in your area when your compost bin is up and ready to be used. We are hoping to beat our 10 bag record from last year!

Let’s say NO to litter!

Over the past few weeks our Eco Committee have been monitoring how much litter is in our school grounds. Unfortunately there have been some occasions when we have counted over 50 pieces of litter in our school grounds. On Monday, in our assembly, our Committee members shared how important it was for us to think carefully about how we dispose of our litter. It is extremely important that we make sure ALL litter is placed into the correct bin, either the recycling or a rubbish bin. We would also like to give polite reminders to all visitors to our school grounds to please place rubbish into the bin. Unfortunately we found items such as energy drinks cans, chocolate bar wrappers and carrier bags during our recent litter pick. With our upcoming Green Flag assessment in mind we are urging all staff, children, parents and visitors to our school grounds to please take responsibility of disposing of litter correctly. Thank you!

Exciting news!

Our Eco Committee at Ecton Brook campus have been working extremely hard to get ready to apply for Green Flag status and we are pleased and proud to announce that the time has come! Our application has been received and we are now waiting for our date when an assessor comes to see all of our hard work. Thank you to each member of our Eco Committee and for all of the school for supporting us through this process. Fingers crossed! Remember ‘Your world is in your hands. More saving, less wasting’!

Drop 20!

Following on from our assembly on Monday here is our blog post for you to share the ways in which you aiming to drop 20! Remember to try to encourage everybody in your household to try to drop their water usage by 20 litres a day. Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can drop 12 litres each time. Making sure the washing machine is full can drop 10 litres a time. Why not have a shorter shower? Or have less water in your bath? Post your comments to share with us what you are doing.

Wonderful water!

Today Classes 3,4,5 and 6 were lucky enough to participate in a workshop run by Anglian Water. We found out how scientists test if our water is clean enough to drink and even took part in similar activities ourselves. We also found out that we can waste up to 12 litres of water if we leave the tap on when we brush our teeth. One of our challenges was to sort pictures to show if they were wasting or saving water. This was really interesting and has made us think of ways in which we can save water ourselves! Why not post your water saving pledges as comments on this blog post!

Wonderful water facts!

We now have a newly elected Eco Committee who are eager and ready to start on a new topic. Their first project is to try to save water and so they hope to make posters that can be placed as reminders around the school. However they need your help! Please can you comment on this post with facts or ideas about how we can save water at school or at home. (For example, turn the tap off when you brush your teeth.) The Eco Committee will then use these facts on their posters. Thank you and we look forward to hearing your ideas. 

Strictly blog….not Eco….sorry!

Just wanted to say a massive congratulations to our Year 3/4 Strictly team who competed this morning at the Deco. They came 1st!!! Which meant that they returned tonight to compete in the final against the team who won the afternoon heat. They danced so well and came in as runner up. Huge well done!

We would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all of the parents for allowing their children to compete again this evening and for returning them promptly to the Deco. Without your support we would not be able to do this. Also a huge thank you for bringing your children to school on Tuesday at 8am for the past number of weeks. We are so grateful. And of course a huge congratulations to the children! They have been so dedicated and committed and their hard work paid off! You should be so proud of the huge achievement you have made! We don’t have enough words to describe how proud of you we are! Well done!

Speech over! Thank you! Miss Cooper and Mrs Naseby