To celebrate the launch of Sustrans' new 'Feet First Families' initiative, we decided to show our children and families exactly what we could do with all the extra space around our school if fewer parking bays were required. The Eco Committee voted to turn the area taken up by one UK parking bay into the 'Botanic Beach.' Check it out...
Intergenerational Planting Project with Elm Court
Our Intergenerational Planting Project begins...
We've teamed up with the Federation of City Farms to begin an exciting new intergenerational planting project with the residents of Elm Court in Donegall Pass. During our first session, we tasted 7 different kinds of apples and carried out 'apple bashing.' We then planted the seeds! We can't wait to begin planting at Elm Court in the Summer Term.
P2 made new toys from old junk
Well done to everyone who ditched the dark and walked, cycled or scooted to school on Friday 24th November. Keep up the good work!
We helped to launch the Wheelie Big Challenge 2017-2018
Check out the Eco Committee helping to launch this year's Wheelie Big Challenge in conjunction with Eco Schools NI and Belfast City Council. We came 1st in the Primary Schools category last year and cannot wait to investigate further ways to reduce waste in school this year!
Meet our 2017-2018 Eco Committee
Congratulations to the whole school community for being awarded the Sustrans Bronze Award for Excellence in Sustainable Travel! Thank you to everyone who participated in the many events held this year. We are looking forward to seeing you at future events.
We had an important visit from Eco Schools NI on Thursday 15th June to assess our Eco work and were jumping for joy to learn we had earned our 4th Green Flag!!! Well done everyone for making a massive effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. We are very proud of you!
We came 1st in the 'Wheelie Big Challenge'
Check out the Eco Committee who were at Stormont on Wednesday 14th June for the 'Wheelie Big Challenge' finals. We were delighted to win 1st prize and will be putting our £500 towards a new bike shelter.
The documents below show how we have increased our recycling this year and worked to encourage active travel to and from school.
Nursery to P7 were planting some delicious vegetables and beautiful flowers in our balcony garden.
Well done to all those children who participated in 'Walk to School Week!' Here are some photos of our 'double play' to celebrate.
We held a 'Go Green' Day in April to raise awareness of environmental issues. Pupils dressed in green or created their own costumes from recycled materials and we all made an extra special effort to walk, cycle and scoot to school.
P2 held an assembly to tell us all about how we can make a difference in our world and we launched our charity fundraising event for 'The Ten Foundations.' Through this work, we will be helping to promote sustainable development and supporting families and children in the Philippines to earn a living.
Well done everyone!
'Go Green'/'Spring Drawing Competition - Winning Entries
We wheelie love to Pedal!
Well done to all pupils who participated in The Big Pedal 2017 by cycling or scooting to school. A special mention must also go to the Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 classes who had the highest number of children participating in the event. We hope you enjoy your prizees. Keep up the good work!
Our Eco-Committee members have been busily working with Miss Gunn and Beverley from Sustrans over the last few weeks to devise a child-friendly 'Active Travel Policy' for our school and we are very proud of what they have created. The policy will now be presented to the Board of Governors for approval at their next meeting. Well done to all the children involved!
Healthy Heart, Happy Heart Day
Well done to all those children who walked, cycled or scooted to school in their high-visibility vests for 'Healthy Heart, Happy Heart Day.' The vests were provided by Sustrans' Active Travel Programme and funded by the Public Health Agency.
Captain Cleanup Puppet Show
Check out the photos of our visit from Captain Cleanup who taught us how to keep Belfast Tidy. Remember 'Don't drop it, stop it!'
We had great fun walking, cycling and scooting to school wearing our Santa hats in December. Well done to all the boys and girls who made an extra special effort to get active that day. Keep it up!
Click below to see us in the Sustrans newsletter.
Captain Cleanup and General Grime will be coming to visit P1-P4 on Tuesday 24th January for a litter-busting puppet show. We can't wait!
Cash for Clobber
We will be gathering all your clobber again this January in order to raise money for the PTA so please keep any old or unwanted clothes, shoes (pairs only), handbags, hats, scarves, bed linen and curtains until the new year. Cash for clobber bags will issue in the coming weeks and can be returned to our school reception between 3rd – 13th January.
We are delighted to have been chosen to take part in the Sustrans 'Active School Travel Programme', starting November 2016. Sustrans is a leading sustainable transport charity which encourages children to make more journeys to school by cycling, walking or scooting. Our Sustrans Active Travel officer, Beverley, will help us to get active by organising different activities and events throughout the year. She'll be offering cycling training to KS2 pupils and working with us to get better facilities for our bikes and scooters.