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Shipham Church of England First School

Shipham Gets (Even) Greener

We are working towards Eco School status, which means setting up an eco school council and using some clear guidelines to achieve a set of 10 goals.

The children have done an environment review of what we are already doing or not doing well and have decided to work on the following 3 topics; Litter, Marine and Transport. Here are some of the things we will be doing:

  • Litter: Designing some bright new posters to encourage people to take their litter home and taking part in litter picks (see below)
  • Marine: Finding out where the fish in our fish and chip Fridays comes from and designing a sculpture from plastic waste.
  • Transport: Conducting a travelling to school survey and making posters to reduce speed in our village, holding cycle to school and walk to school weeks and raising money for a bike shelter

Somerset Community Fund

The great news is that we have just been awarded a grant from Somerset Community Fund for a set of 10 Litter Pickers with gloves and hi vis jackets. The children will be able to 'hire' out the litter pickers to take home.

The fund will also create a small library specifically for you to borrow books, maps and information about our local area and nature reserves, setting aside some money for us to join local wildlife and environment groups. The Mendip Hills AONB have some fabulous walk suggestions on their website mendiphillsaonb.org.uk to get you started.

School Recycling

Our recycling facility continues and we will soon have a bin for PPE in the car park.  Remember you can already recycle pens, toothpaste tubes and brushes, washing detergent bottles and ink jet cartridges at school.

This month is also #JUST ONE BOTTLE - it is to encourage us to refill plastic bottles rather than recycle or bin them. Scoop and Spice in Winscombe is our nearest shop where you can take bottles and tubs to refill with a variety of pasta, grains, dried fruit and cleaning products and of course our wonderful Hansfords already refills milk bottles for us. To help with the initiative you will be able to bring a 500ml washing up bottle to school to have it refilled with an eco washing up detergent - more information on this shortly but save those bottles for now!

Climate Emergency Grant

Our Climate Emergency Grant from last year is being put to good use. The new welly shed is being used by the children, our bog pond looks great,  an outdoor willow classroom is under  construction, and the ducks have finally learnt to swim in their pond-hurray!!  We have also planted lots of fruit trees and Woodland Trust trees in our new meadow part of the field. We still need to sow lots more wild flower seeds, plant out the vegetable garden and install more water butts. Lots of work still to do but plenty of willing helpers on hand thanks to the popular Gardening Club, Green Club and weekly Forest School Sessions.

Isolation Ideas

If you are looking for activities to do with your children during Covid isolation, perhaps you could support them to design a 'Keep our village tidy' poster or make a sculpture from plastic packaging or containers?

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