Pupils and staff of Hillborough Junior feel passionately about our school and environment,and are continuously striving to make a difference. Each year, a group of industrious young people are voted to become to Eco-voice of their class to help our cause. At Hillborough Junior School, our Eco-Warriors wear two hats: to improve our environment and to promote Road Safety.
Our Eco-Warriors are very active within school. They meet weekly, empty the recycling bins (when our enrichment: Hillborough Housekeeping is not running), litter pick around the school, encourage people to recycle and save energy wherever possible, run competitions and present assemblies. We are members of the "Eco-Schools Award Programme" and have a School Travel Plan (Modeshiftstars). In both, we are currently working towards our Bronze award.
The Eco-Schools programme is focused on nine key topics. These are:
- School grounds
- Healthy living
- Global citizenship
Environmental issues form part of the curriculum covered in each year group including pollution, the greenhouse effect, conservation, the rain forest and habitats of animals.
The Big Dig Day
On the national Big Dig Day, 27th April, gardens across the country will be hosting events and activities to encourage people to get involved and discover how easy it is to grow fruit and vegetables, as well as fun activities for children and families to enjoy.
Eco-warriors post letters to local residents
On 12th March, some of the Eco-warriors put their best foot forward and helped post our local residents letters that opened the Luton Borough Council consultation for our proposed road closure. Initially, we had hoped that the road closure would coincide with The Big Pedal (25th March-5th April), but to allow time for the consultation, we are hoping for it to go ahead in June 2019.
School Crossing Patrol Officers needed!
Sustrans family guide to cycling, walking and scooting to school
To help parents and carers prepare for 'The Big Pedal', Sustrans has developed a handy free guide packed with advice, games and challenges to help everyone have a hassle-free cycle, walk or scoot to school.
You can download the free pack on www.sustrans.org.uk/free-active-family-download.
5 and 10 Minute Walking Map
Have you thought about walking, scooting or biking to school? This is a map which show a 5 and 10 minute walking zones around our school. Roads shown in yellow are resident parking only and roads in red have a 2 hour limit (no return). Alternatively, you could park your car at Stockwood and stride the rest of the way to school.
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD - MAHATMA GANDHI
Fifteen easy ways to help the environment:
- When you are outside, pick up your rubbish and don't drop litter.
- Have a garden and learn how to care for it.
- Every year, plant new things in your garden.
- Have a compost bin and put your organic waste in it.
- When you fish, make sure you follow the rules of fishing. The rules are there to protect the fish, but in the long term, they protect the people.
- Turn off the lights when they are not needed.
- Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth to save water.
- Walk to school or ride your bike.
- Recycle your clothes. Donate them to a charity shop or recycling centre.
- Buy products with less wrapping and packaging.
- Use reusable bags and boxes instead of plastic bags.
- Do not print things you do not have to.
- Use recycled paper.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Try to fix things before buying new ones.