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South Bersted Primary is situated on the South Coast and has large, green school grounds. The school has 222 students and 10 teachers.
The school joined the programme in 2005 and has its Bronze and Silver Awards. It hopes to apply for the Green Flag in the summer.
The Action Team is made up of six pupils aged 11, one parent, one governor and teacher Emma Drabik. It is chaired by Sandy Osman, the Community Co-ordinator at South Bersted.
Topics looked at include transport, litter, school grounds, energy and recycling.
After recently getting a state-of-the-art kitchen installed in the school, they are concentrating on the issue of healthy living.
The kitchen is not only used in cookery classes, it is also used in English and Maths lessons, as a practical and fun learning tool.
- Improving transport policy – encouraged children to walk or cycle to school and installed new bike shelters.
- Improving school grounds – created a conservation area complete with pond, bird boxes, wormery. It is an outdoor classroom and there are plans to build a path from the school building to the garden providing access all-year round.
- Litter – Children organise litter picking every Wednesday in the school grounds.
- Recycling – Children compost fruit and vegetable waste and recycle paper, cans and glass. They also recycle old mobile phones in return for goods.
- Healthy Living – The school was awarded an Eco-Schools Switched on Communities grant to build a state-of-the-art kitchen. Which it is using to promote healthy living to the children. This fabulous resource is not only encouraging children to cook well, it is also a useful learning tool for English, Maths and Science lessons. There are future plans to create a vegetable patch outside the kitchen area, where children can learn about where food comes from.
- Helping the wider community – South Bersted is planning to hold family cookery classes to encourage healthy habits among parents. These after school classes will benefit the whole community.
The school has been calculating energy costs over the last year and are almost ready to publish the results. Early indications show that the school is paying the same amount for electricity as last year despite having bought extra electronic equipment such as interactive white boards. This suggests that the school has been making savings.
The school recycles 50% of its waste.
“The school is situated in an area where there are high levels of deprivation. We value the importance of healthy eating in school and hope the children will take what they learn in school back home with them.”