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Our Eco Monitors for this term are -

 

Miss McLean's Class - 

Miss Wheatley's Class - 

Mrs Birrell's Class - 

Miss Gettings' Class - 

Mrs Dunton's Class - 

Mrs Nowlan-Hunt's Class - 

 

 

The Eco Schools programme provides schools with a platform to demonstrate their commitment to the environment across eight key areas. 

 

  • Water
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy
  • Global Perspectives
  • Healthy Living
  • School Grounds
  • Waste
  • Transport

Since 2009, Elmtree has been making changes and improvements in all of these doorways.  We were awarded our first Green Flag in 2010. It was renewed in 2015.
 
Our larger projects have included persuading Bucks County Council to replace our 40 year old roofing and insulation and we also applied for a Salix loan for cavity wall insulation.

Together with the sustainability team at Bucks County Council, we successfully applied for funding from the Community Sustainability Energy Programme and the Low Carbons Building Project Phase 2 for our Biomass boiler. Back then, there were only two schools in the whole of Buckinghamshire who had wood pellet boilers. In 2014, Bucks County Council used Elmtree as a centre of excellence to demonstrate to 14 new sites across Buckinghamshire the benefits of having biomass. These are currently being installed. 
 
We have made great improvements to the playgrounds.  Raising funds for our train on the Patio Playground.   We also constructed a brilliant trail across the top playground which includes a beautiful living willow tunnel and culminates in an embankment slide.  Our Sensory Garden was designed by our children and funded generously by our EFF and many local charities.  It features an exciting swing, musical area, sunken classroom, tunnel! and a large covered sandpit. 
 
We hold a waste free lunch day each term and a Green Day once a year. Since 2013 six other schools in the town join in this event too and we all celebrate everything we do to be more sustainable.  
 
The Global Perspectives area of Eco Schools was initially an exchange of emails with an Infants School in Sydney, Australia.   You can see from the Project Luangwa and International Schools pages in this Community section, that this area has developed considerably.   Children at Elmtree are learning to consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of the decisions that they make, in the local and global community, in the future as well as for the present.
 

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Gallery - please click to view 8 The worms in the wormery
Gallery - please click to view 9 Making bird feeders
Gallery - please click to view 10 Bug Day. We added to our bug hotel
Gallery - please click to view 11 Robbie raps
Gallery - please click to view 12 Sowing wild flower seeds for the meadow
Gallery - please click to view 13 Making bird feeders at the Autumn Fayre
Gallery - please click to view 14 The biomass boiler arrives
Gallery - please click to view 15 The crane arrives to lift the boiler into place
Gallery - please click to view 16 Almost there
Gallery - please click to view 17 Lowered into position
Gallery - please click to view 18 Our Greenhouse Team.
Gallery - please click to view 19 Our Eco Code resulted in a Green Blue Peter Badge
Gallery - please click to view 20 Veg beds built on our first Ground Force Day
Gallery - please click to view 21 Stepping stone in
Gallery - please click to view 22 Another happy volunteer on Ground Force Day 1
Gallery - please click to view 23 Mayor Mo Fayyaz with Chiltern Hills litter pickers
Gallery - please click to view 24 Chesham Bois school litter picking on the Moor

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