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The Big Finale!


Today we had our final Eco Warrior meeting of the year. We looked back at our Eco Warrior action plan for the year and celebrated all of the things we have accomplished. From the beginning of the year when we began writing our Eco-Code and creating our targets, to the litter picking events and clearing the planting areas, we have had an extroadinary adventure!


Thank you to all of the people who supported us and helped us, like the grandparents who helped us to do the gardening and Lee the project manager who taught us all about how exo friendly the new school is!


Good luck to next years' Eco Warriors - have a great time and keep taking care of the planet!



Edward, Rhys, Keelan, Arthur, John, Kaydee, Olivia, Lidda, Jess and Ben

(The 2019 Eco Warriors) 

National Walk to School Week 2019


Thank you to everybody for their fantastic efforts in our Walk to School Week. We had so many people join us over the week, culminating in over 60 children on the final day on Friday. 


Thank you also to Lee, the school build Project Manager from Kier Group, and his team who joined us on the walking bus to answer all of your wonderful questions about the new school. And for all of his lovely treats that he gave the to children too!


We hope that all of our efforts have shown just how much of a difference to our carbon footprint that each individual can make.


Keep up the good work!

National Walk to School Week May 20th 2019


The Eco Warriors will soon be launching a Park and Stride event as part of the National Walk to School Week 2019. If you want to take part, park your car near Dunelm in the Thurmaston Shopping Centre car park and meet Mrs Gough or Mrs Taylor near the bowling statue at 8.40 on every day of the National Walk to School Week (20th-24th May 2019).


See you there!!

National Walk to School planning meeting - 6th May 2019


Today in our Eco Warrior meeting, we have been planning our Park and Stride event for National Walk to School Week. We made a list of places in our local area that we could meet to begin our walk. We needed to choose somewhere that was safe and had lots of space for people to park in. We thought we could choose between the ASDA car park and Shopping centre car park. We looked on google maps to see how long it would take us to walk to school from there.


The bottom end of the Thurmaston car park would take about 6 minutes to walk to school from and ASDA would be only 5 minutes. (see map pictures below)


We decided that Thurmaston car park would be a better walk for us because it would give us more exercise and that it was safer too because:


  • We can walk on the path around the car park
  • We don't have to cross as many roads to get to school


We can't wait to get our walk started so that we can help traffic and dangerous parking near our school and encourage our friends to be healthier, happier people by walking more.


Ben and the Eco Warriors



The Eco Warrior Litter Pick at Asda - 22.3.19


To launch our Great British Spring Clean event, we decided that we wanted to help our local area by conducting a litter pick. We decided to go to Asda in Thursmaston and try to clear up a few of their areas.


We had a fantastic time and really made a huge difference to the areas around the ramp entrance. We couldn't believe how much litter was there and collected 4 full bin bags of rubbish in just an hour! We found that most of the litter there were things like crisp packets and chocolate bar wrappers, as well as drinks cans and bottles. 


Thank you to Melissa, the community champion from Asda, for her help setting up the litter pick and for the bag holders, gloves and litter pickers that we can continue to use back at school to keep our area clean and tidy. We hope that we have made a difference to you and your customers.


Keep your eyes peeled for updates on our blog of the upcoming events we have planned for the Great British Spring Clean that start on Monday!

Our Flag Raising Ceremony


This week we celebrated our recent renewal of our Green Flag award by hosting a flag raising ceremony. All of our current eco warriors came and we also invited Mrs Henry, Mr Hughes and our gardening volunteer helpers too. Well done to all of our eco warriors for the hard work that they put into their roles to ensure that our Green Flag award continues!

The Great British Spring Clean


Today in our Eco-warrior meeting,we discussed an exciting event that is coming up in March: Keep Britain Tidy's The Great British Spring Clean! We have decided that we are going to go to a local area to do a litter pic during the event - watch this space for photos!


We have also set a target to clean up the dinner hall. Too much mess is being left at the end of lunchtime by children dropping litter. We are going to do an assembly to remind the whole school about dropping littler and why it is bad. Then we are going to monitor the hall for the month to see if the little problem improves!


We are very excited for the event and can't wait to make a difference.


Jess and the Eco-Warriors


Our gardening afternoon - 17.1.19


This afternoon we took pleasure in working on the year 2 gardening area with some great help from Keelan and Louka's Grandpa and Katelyn, Faith and Isla's Grandpa too! We moved all of the leaves that had fallen during the autumn, weeded the planting boxes and planted a few bulbs too. It was very hard work - we brushed, dug and raked all afternoon! We definitely needed a break by the end of the day and enjoyed our biscuits at the end. Thank you so much to our helpers who volunteered there time to help us sort the garden area ready for spring. And a special thank you to Mrs Geraghty for helping us too!


During our meeting before the gardening session, we discussed what plants we would like to plant and also how we would decorate the garden area. We would really like to grow some food that we can then share with the school and also plant flowers to attract as much wildlife as possible. We were thinking of having bird boxes, bug hotels and making some new decorations for the outside area. So watch this space!


The Eco Warriors

Our gardening afternoon

Answers, answers, answers! - The interview with the new build manager - 13.12.18


Today we met with Lee, the manager of the building project. We asked him a lot of eco-friendly questions about how much more eco friendly our new school will be. He told us that it will be much better than our school at the minute. For example, all of the windows will be double glazed to save our heat; the radiators and boiler will all be more fuel efficient; the walls are well insulated which will save on our energy use and keep the noise out too. He also told us that we will have a forest school area in the new school, which we are really pleased about!


We are really excited about our new school and we can't wait to have a more eco-friendly environment to learn in!!


By The Eco-Warriors

Questions, Questions, Questions!! - 29.11.18


At the meeting today we discussed about how we could make the new school more ECO FRIENDLY. We decided that we should add more bins to encourage students to throw litter in the recycle bin instead of polluting the school grounds. We also wanted to add more water-butts to collect water for the plants. We would want to use the trees that have been chopped down for a sort of recycled playground. We also need double glazed windows to keep the majority of the warm air inside.

In two weeks, we are going to have a meeting with the Project Manager of the new build, Lee. We are going to ask him lots of questions about how eco-friendly the new school will be and give him all of our suggestions.


Watch this space for the answers!


Liddia and the Eco Warriors


Our Environmental Review 15.11.18


Today, we all met again to fill in the Environmental Review of our school. We worked together to answer the questions in the booklet all about things like litter, energy, marine life and waste. Our school scored well from all of the improvements that we have made already, but we found some areas that we would like to improve on this year. We will now use our review to set our new Eco Warrior targets and come up with some ideas of how we are going to tackle this problems!


Ben & the Eco Warriors

Our first eco meeting - 1.11.18


At our first meeting all eco-warriors worked together to refresh the school's Eco Code. We wrote an eco-rhyming poem and a acrostic poem. These poems are going to be put up all round the school, so you can see what we have created and remember how to keep our school eco friendly!


Love Olivia and the rest of th eco-warriors

(Ben, Liddia, Jess, Edward, Arthur, John, Keelen and Rhys)