Bourne Elsea Park is an Eco school and achieved its first Green Flag in December 2018 and its second in December 2020.
Pupil involvement has continued to be a key part of our journey, with children from each class being elected to form the Eco Warriors team supported by Miss Worrall and Mrs Simpson. For our first Green Flag award the Eco Warriors chose Energy, Waste and Water as their three eco topics.
For our second Green Flag award after completing a new environmental review they decided on an additional two areas they wanted to improve: Transport and Litter. They worked together to create an action plan which outlined their actions and next steps. The Eco Warriors regularly lead collective workshops and hold class meetings to inform the whole school about their work, any campaigns and upcoming projects.
Throughout the last two years we have continued to make links with several organisations such as Anglian Water, Lincolnshire Carbon Ambassadors Scheme, EDF Energy’s The Pod, Bag 2 School, Empties Please, Big Battery Hunt, Bourne Toys (Terra Cycle Scheme), Modeshift Stars and Living Streets.
One of our highlights has been working alongside Living Streets and promoting active and sustainable travel. Through our walk to school week, WOW Wednesdays and using Travel Tracker we have seen a decrease of 6% in journeys to school by vehicles.
Being an Eco School has helped to raise environmental awareness, create community links, improve the environment and become more sustainable. But most importantly it has empowered our pupils to lead change within our school and gives them a voice. It has helped them to see their responsibility to the environment. This has resulted in increased confidence within our children and helped to develop their leadership skills and ultimately make adults of the future.
Although we have once again achieved our Green Flag award, being an Eco School is an ongoing commitment and our work doesn’t stop here. We are already looking at our next set of targets and we are looking forward to changing the world one step at a time. Watch this space!
We would like to say a massive thank you to parents and carers for their continuous support with our projects and campaigns over the last two years.
We would like to thank the Co-op for donating a litter picking kit to our school. We are always looking for ways to improve the children’s understanding of environmental issues and sustainability and the litter picking kit will help us to encourage our children to make a difference to their local environment. We can’t wait to start using it regularly as a means of inspiring and empowering our children to believe they can have a positive impact on our planet and truly become Agents of Change.