Achieving our awards...
John Donne Primary School has been an eco-award winning school for four years. We are currently a Green Flag school.
What effect does it have on the children's learning?
Being an Eco-Warrior has amazing benefits to learning. Firstly, a lot of the learning takes place outside of the classroom and we get to plan, make and enjoy our eco masterpieces, such as our cozy Eco-Den and the spectacular Plastic Bottle Greenhouse (with the school initials crafted onto the side). Not to mention the measuring and cutting that goes into making birdfeeders (using recycled plastic bottles), as well as data handling activities when observing different species of birds that feed from them. Eco-Warriors meet each week and we elect a chairperson to lead each meeting and have a secretary take minutes, which are displayed on our notice board for all to see. At each meeting, we decide what our next plan of action will be to lead the school to becoming more sustainable. It’s quite simple – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle!
Our next steps...
Our next step is to further decrease our school’s carbon footprint. This means ensuring that every pupil and adult knows the Eco-Code pledge and puts it into practice. We are currently setting ourselves a whole school challenge, that is, to reduce our kitchen and paper waste. That includes reducing the use of printers and photocopiers.
We also intend to make the areas around the school safer for pedestrians, to make full use of the school garden and make stronger links with the community and other schools.
Currently we are collaborating with a group called The Friends of Cossall Park and Kirkwood Nature Reserve and the Southwark Parks department to support the maintenance of these important outside spaces next to our school.
Finally, we would like to ensure that JDPS upholds the ethos of sustainable living, which includes being happy and enjoying each day.