If you had visited Bailey’s Court Primary School on Wednesday 14th July, instead of being greeted by the usual sea of red uniforms you would have been greeted by a sea of ‘green’. As part of the drive to make their school a greener place, the pupils in the school’s ‘Green Team’ had organised a Green Day and to help mark the occasion had encouraged their fellow pupils to wear something green to school that day. It was a huge success and the children raised £266.79 to fund more green projects at their school!
Bailey’s Court Primary School’s ‘Green Team’ is part of the Eco-Schools’ international initiative that has been set up to assist schools in their goal to become greener. The team usually meet once a fortnight to discuss what they can do to make their school more environmentally friendly. It was at one of these meetings that the pupils voted to organise a Green Day and the date was set.
The school day started off with an assembly by the Green Team but the green work had started before that as pupils had been encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school and despite the rain the children were not put off! Electricity was kept to a minimum as classes worked without the lights on and used the interactive white boards much less than usual.
In addition to being ‘greener’, many classes also undertook learning about eco topics and the whole event linked well with the school’s topic for the term, ‘Sharing the Planet’. Some of the fantastic activities included designing an eco school; making bug homes; using recycled materials to make pen holders; and creating a storyboard based on a book about the environment.
The gardening clubs ran a market garden stall after school to sell off some of the produce they had grown throughout the year to parents and teachers. It was very successful and raised money for more gardening projects in the future.
At the end of Green Day the classes each made a ‘green pledge’ to continue their eco work in the future. These pledges, along with more information on what the ‘Green’ pupils of Baileys Court Primary School have accomplished can be viewed on the Green Team’s section of school’s website: www.baileyscourt.com