The Eco Warrior team is run by Miss Burgin and Mrs Fretwell. The Eco-Warriors have an active role in school. They raise awareness about sustainability and encourage everyone to be good at recycling and saving energy. We encourage good habits for the future, being an Eco-Warrior is an extremely important job and is one to be very proud of.
At Whiston Junior and Infants School, we care about…
• We turn off lights, computers and other electrical equipment when they are not being used.
• We stop to think before we put anything in the bin.
• We use the right bins for our recycling.
• We turn off the taps when we are not using them.
• We eat balanced meals.
• We are active every day.
• We enjoy being outside.
The creatures around us
• We encourage wildlife into our school.
Our impact on the world
• We understand what we can do to protect the environment.
The Eco Warrior applications for this year can now be collected from Miss Burgin in the Year 1 clasroom or from the Eco Warrior board. Or you can download and complete the form from the link below.
Do you think you've got what it takes to make our school greener? Then don't hesitate to get your application form and sign up for this years team.
Whiston's greenhouse is not far from being completed. Last years Eco Warrior team and the Year 6 children worked their magic green hands to recycle many plastic bottles. We used approximately 1400 plastic bottles. Great recycling team!
First the bottles had to be washed and any labels removed. Then they had to cut the bottoms of the bottles so that the top part could be threaded through the wooden poles. The wooden canes then need to be secured to the wooden frame.
The end product advantages:
- It's cheap to construct.
- It is self-watering. Because there are gaps at the tops of the bottles, heavy rain can certainly penetrate from where the bottles lie side-by-side. Rainwater is always better for your plants than tap water.
- It raises the temperature. The temperature is raised about 10 degrees centigrade. That is a huge difference and it should certainly lengthen the growing season for many plants, no matter what climate you live in.
- It saves landfill sites from yet more plastic waste. It goes without saying that if everyone saved those plastic bottles for constructions like greenhouses, there would be less to clutter up landfill sites.
- It is cheap and easy to repair. You can simply replace the plastic bottle that has broken or been damaged.
- It is sturdy and can withstand strong winds. Plastic bottles can't get blown away when they are pinned into place.
Our next step is to fit a floor to the greenhouse along with some shelves. After that it can be used to it's full potential.
Bottle top art
The Eco Warriors have been working really hard to collect and organise bottle tops. These will then be used to create some beautiful artwork for around the school building.
Hopefully we will be able to create something as wonderful as this!
Eco Warrior's took part in organising a preloved sale for the school. They spread the word to other children and put out a text to parents (saving paper). They then collected various items, priced them and sold them to new loving owners. They even made their own eco warrior pots to sell at the sale which were made from recycled plastic bottle bottoms, zips and then decorations. This was all in aid of raising money for less fortunate children in India.
In total the Eco Warriors managed to raise over £65! Which went towards esential items that the children needed in India. For example: stationary equipment, lunch boxes, water bottles and other items to help them at school.
Where the money went... pre-loved sale
Miss Burgin went to India in the Easter holidays to volunteer and help the less fortunate. Here is where all the money went that was raised. Miss Burgin managed to buy a lunch box and water bottle for every child who went to the summer school. She also bought pencils, pens, maths equipment and other pieces of stationary for the children to use at school and during their exams.
"It was such an eye opening experience! We take so much for granted. It is so heart warming to see how grateful all the children and adults were to receive our gifts and support." - Miss Burgin