Biodiversity topic for the Silver Award
Starting out as a few students and one teacher in September 2016, Environmental Society, by July 2018, had grown to include student representation from every year group, alongside teaching staff, support staff, staff governors and a parent, reaching a major milestone when we achieved the Eco-Schools Silver Award.
For the Eco-Schools Silver award, we focused on Biodiversity within the school grounds.
We used Jack Petchey funding to purchase a range of wildlife shelters including nestboxes, batboxes and even a hedgehog home! We worked alongside the Parents' Association and Junior Natural Sciences Society to renovate the school's Biology Garden including planting wildflowers, and we now coordinate a group of about 15 students in Year's 10 and 11 completing their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering by conserving the Biology Garden, with us offering lunchtime sessions four times a week.
We developed a lesson plan that gave Year 10 GCSE biologists the opportunity to sample the nitrate and phosphate pollution levels in the Biology Pond using testing kits from the Freshwater Habitat Trust. The work of the Year 10 volunteers enabled us to achieve an incredible 95% reduction in the levels of those two key pollutants.
Environmental Society also delivered an assembly about the school’s progress with @EcoSchools, an exciting schools’ programme that empowers young people to protect the planet. Click here to watch EnviroSoc’s video explainer to see how it works.
If we refuse to reuse, it’s the Earth we abuse.