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Who are we?

 

We have an active, keen and determined Green Team composed of representatives from across the school. These children put themselves forward because they are passionate about sustainability, our environment and reducing waste through recycling. The children take ownership, leading initiatives and inspiring others.

Each year the team work together using data they have collated from audits, the school action plan and advice from eco schools to establish an action plan of goals for the following year. Past projects have included annual events such as Waste Week, Switch Off Fortnight and even shoe exchanges!

 

 

Victoria Park Shoe Swap

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Come along to our shoe swap every Friday after school in the KS2 playground. Donate your pre-loved shoes or grab yourself a bargain and check out our 'shoe of the week'!

Award winning teacher!

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Mrs Walker won the WWF Green Ambassador Teacher Award 2016! We are very proud and Mrs Walker took six of our awesome Green Team to Shropshire to collect her award. You can read more about the award here. And a blog from Mrs Walker about the award here.

On this section of the school website we would like to share with you some of the exciting things we are doing to make Victoria Park School and the local community a more sustainable and happy place to be! Please keep checking back to see what we have been up to!

Keep Bristol Tidy!

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The Green Team braved the rain to clean up our neighbourhood for the Great British Spring Clean. The event coincided with Bristol's Mayor's Clean Streets campaign and we were supported by Sustainable Learning and Bristol Waste who provided brilliant child-sized litterpickers and hi-viz jackets. We returned after an hour with seven bags of rubbish!!

The Green Team - don't we look lovely?!

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What does being green mean at Victoria Park?

It's not just the green team who are green at our school; everyone is! We work hard to make sure the green message is shared as part of our school values (you can see some of our class charters below) and we have an eco code which we encourage everyone to stick to!

Frankie Frog!

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Frankie was donated by Eco Warrior Barney to encourage children to be more 'eco'. Barney and his friends monitor classrooms at break and lunchtimes to help people remember to switch off lights and whiteboards when they're not being used. The greenest class is awarded a certificate and gets to look after Frankie for the week!

Eco Schools Green Flag!

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We were delighted to achieve our Eco Schools Green Flag! The Green Team worked hard to meet all the criteria, running their own meetings, carrying out an environmental review and creating a school action plan with their own ideas and some creative fundraising along the way. All their hard work paid off when we received our flag in the post!

Celebrating International Earth Day in blue and green

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We had a fantastic day celebrating our wonderful planet!  The whole school enjoyed a variety of exciting activities; we were planting, walking on the Northern Slopes, making hedgehog houses, hunting minibeasts, learning about Fairtrade, appreciating our local park, creating eco art and enjoying a visit from the 'Bio Bug', a car powered by human waste!! Everyone dressed in blue and green and we raised over £100 for Avon Wildlife Trust. Definitely 'Keeping it Green'!!

Class Charters - can you spot the green message?

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Working with Aardman Animations and Bristol2015

 

2015 has been a very exciting year for some of the green team; they found themselves with new responsibilities working alongside both Bristol2015 and Aardman Animations. Amongst many other things, the children have helped develop a new online game called Sustainable Shaun to help raise awareness globally of the need to be sustainable. The game is great fun (follow the link below to play) and was even nominated for a TIGA award! Guess what? We won! You can read more about it here.

https://www.bristol2015.co.uk/news/sustainable-shaun-wins-award/

http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/daily/green-capital-2015/free-shaun-the-sheep-game-launches-in-bristol

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As part of the game launch, some of our green team became Shaun's Shepherds which meant we had to teach members of the public, other children and even the mayor how to play the game!

Shaun's Shepherds

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Newsround

 

This year has been a VERY exciting year because we have been spreading our message beyond the school gates and we have even made it on to NATIONAL TV! Check out our appearance on Newsround here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/34987749

Bristol Textile Recycling

 

So...you might think recycling just means paper, perhaps a bit of cardboard and maybe the odd carrot peeling but here at Victoria Park School we recycle textiles too. It was great to see how much you all contributed, thank you! It was a great fundraiser for the school too!

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Not only did we collect lots of textiles we were lucky enough to visit the factory too and it was so exciting! We made a film of our tour so that children all around the UK can share our experience. We would love you to see it. Check out this website and the Virtual Fieldtrips.

https://www.sustainablelearning.com/

Almost Famous...

 

You might have spotted some of our lovely faces on billboards around Bristol? This was to show off our achievements working with Bristol2015. We even appeared on some Bristol buses too!

Assemblies

The green team like to lead assemblies, the one pictured below was all about being energy efficient.

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Green for Good Award

We were delighted to receive an award recently for all our green efforts; we had to make 15 green pledges in 2015. The Lord Mayor presented it to us.

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