Who are the Eco Rangers?
Each year, a child from each class is elected to stand as an Eco Ranger representative for their peers. These children, along with staff and governors, commit to improving and caring for the school environment whilst encouraging others to do the same.
In October 2010, we gained our first Green Flag award for our commitment to being an Eco School. This was then successfully renewed in both January 2013 and May 2015 due to the continual hard work of the Eco Ranger team.
In March 2016, we were proud winners of the Primary School category in the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards. Our work with Swift Action, a local community group which aims to increase the population of swifts in the area, caught the attention of judges and they were impresses with how the project has “sought to engage with parents and the wider community”. During the year, the children gathered and analysed data, wrote letters, led assemblies and created artwork on this theme with the help of the rest of the school.
This year, we are looking to take part in the RSPB Wild Challenge and gain the Bronze award.
What do we do?
As part of our Eco Schools work, the school looks at nine key topics: energy, water, litter, waste, transport, healthy living, biodiversity, school grounds and global citizenship. These are addressed through whole school projects and initiatives as well as through work carried out in class as part of the curriculum. Each week, the Eco Rangers monitor how environmentally friendly every class has been by looking at issues like the use of energy in the classroom and how much waste has been recycled. Walking Wednesdays is also been a strong focus, with registers being taken each Wednesday to see how many children have walked, cycled or scooted to school. Regular Walking Buses are also organised from the town to encourage those who would not ordinarily walk to meet up with friends and walk to school together. Collectively, these initiatives form the basis of our half termly award – the Eco Owl – which is given to the most environmentally friendly class. This award was created and introduced last year by our Eco Ranger team as a way of further encouraging our strong Eco-Schools ethos.
In addition to the regular work undertaken in school, the Eco Rangers also have other opportunities to take part in activities and project work both on and off site. This includes our annual trip to Smurfit Kappa as part of their FSC day when they take a tour of the grounds and take part in nature themed activities. They also organise at least one Big Tidy Up during the year when they collect litter in and around the town and think of other projects which they can involve the rest of the school community in.
Above are the Eco Rangers from last year, with the swifts they created for our school project.