St Bede’s Church of England Primary School, Gordon Road, Winchester is a popular city centre school with just over 300 pupils on roll.  In December some parents who are supporters of WinACC formed a group to reduce the school’s carbon footprint. The group was launched at the School’s Christmas Fair with a ‘How to Have a Greener Christmas’ Stall.  Fifty parents joined the group at that event.  The project has the support of teachers, senior staff and Governors.

The first step has been to carry out an Eco Schools Audit of the school which has uncovered many areas of possible action in relation to energy efficiency and waste/recycyling.   An action plan is being devised which will be shared amongst the members and will involve pupils as much as possible. The group has organised two talks for the pupils from the Environment Centre, Southampton to encourage the children to think about energy and climate change, and kickstart some work on the environment this term.  Every class now has an energy monitor and a recycling monitor.  One of our first activities will be a "Weigh the Waste" competition to highlight the amount of waste generated both by packed lunches and school dinners.   We are delighted that Hena Chowdhury, a post-grad student from Winchester University and WinACC supporter will be running a video project about climate change with Year 3 and 4 pupils.

If anyone has experience of environmental work within schools we would be pleased to hear from you.   For more information about the group please email:  hazel99@agombar.co.uk

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