School’s challenge to reduce waste

Members of school's Eco Committe with Matt Ward
Members of school's Eco Committe with Matt Ward

A school has taken on a week of challenges in a bit to reduce its waste.

In a bid to become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly school, pupils at Queen’s Park Primary School got stuck into the challenges to help reduce waste.

As part of ‘Waste Week’ – an annual national campaign run by EDF Energy’s schools programme, the Pod - pupils on the school’s Eco Committee took it up upon themselves to decide on behalf of the school that more needs to be done on tackling waste and protecting biodiversity.

As result, the whole school got the bin bags and litter pickers out to take part in an organised litter pick after noticing an increase in the amount of litter on the school grounds.

To further highlight the problem of littering to the children, each class took part in Waste Week related lessons with their class teacher and looked at waste and recycling at home through home work sheets and during class discussions.

PE teacher Matt Ward, who also runs the school’s Eco Club said: “Queens Park has recently started on its journey to becoming an Eco School and has made significant changes to the recycling of paper waste, thanks to the newly formed Eco Committee.

“By taking part in Waste Week, it has allowed the pupils of Queen’s Park to roll their sleeves up and get involved in helping reduce waste in and around their school, while also having fun.”

Coun Jeanette Banks, cabinet member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “By teaching our children the importance of sustainability and environmental awareness, we’re helping them to play an integral role in making our schools and communities better places – not just now but for generations to come.”