Learning for Sustainability
At Maidenbower Junior School we take the environment seriously. As well as having an environmental studies area we follow our eco-code:
- We save water and energy by turning off taps, switching off lights and computers and by keeping doors and windows closed in the winter.
- We always put our litter in the bins.
- We compost our fruit waste.
- When we travel to school we walk, cycle or car share whenever we can.
- We care for our plants and trees.
- We reuse, repair and recycle whenever we can.
Switch Off Fortnight
In November the eco team took part in ‘Switch Off Fortnight’.
Our aim was to save as much energy as possible and see where we were wasting it. The reps prepared and presented an assembly to the whole school outlining the importance of ‘switching off’.
During the fortnight, the reps did daily checks around the school for unused appliances that could be turned off and save us energy.
During this 2 weeks, we saw a difference in use of energy and encouraged the whole school to think carefully about lights, computers and IWB’s.
In March the eco team took part in waste week.
Our aim was to recycle more and encourage others to do the same.
The reps were asked to observe at home the number of bottles that were recycled, reuse and sent to landfill. For a week they just observed. The second week they had to intervene and encourage reusing and recycling. A number of our reps created something new from the used bottles and many were recycled. Tally charts were completed and bar charts drawn up.
co-Schools award scheme helps us to address a variety of environmental themes so that learning about sustainable development issues and sustainable practices can be embed into the curriculum and underpin everyday life in the school.
Our wind turbine and photo-voltaic panels have been generating for years now (since September 2008). We hope that they will result in much reduced electricity bills for the school as well as producing some income through the sale of unused electricity back to the national grid (during evenings, weekends and holidays).
The cost of the wind turbine was entirely funded by grants from EDF Energy and the Government’s ‘Low Carbon Buildings Programme’, while the cost of the photo voltaic solar panels was met through a combination of the school’s capital grant, LCBP funding and a donation of £2000 from Thales.
As well as the obvious financial benefits we are hoping that the two systems combined will save the emission of about 7000kg of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
The children can see the amount of electricity being generated and the amount of CO2 saved from a ‘real-time’ electronic display mounted in the school’s assembly hall. Each system is capable of generating 6kW.