ST Dominic's Switch off Mission
Year 10 (UK year 9) pupils from St Domini'cs complete their Switch off Fortnight Mission
Green Day -15th November
The whole school will be wearing an item of 'green' during this day. We will start the day with an assembly and we will be launching our 'switch off fortnight' campaign. The children will be taling part in Eco friendly activities throughout the day.
Yarrells dig for environment day
We dug and bored down to quite some depthas in our grounds with Mr Hill our chief groundsman. We discovered lots of worms in the top layer of our wet grass but not many where th ground was drier. We found significantly more in our kitchen garden and discussed this was becuase the worms have more decaying plant matter to eat and digest. The children loved the experiment and found 25 worms, woodlice and spiders!
Share the love
Our garden group along with our Eco group have been growing veg and sharing the proceeds with our community. Even the rabbits love our garden they ate all the broad beans at the bottom of the plant. Now we are selling some plants to raise funds for next years seeds and bulbs. So far we have raised £50. An addition to this the children have learnt about growing plants and love every minuit .
Save the wild life
Three times a year we invite Hoglets Wildlife people to come in to school with animals they are saving to educate our children about them. We do a raffle everytime and the proceeds go towards helping to keep the animals and the children get a chance of a litle prize too. We are a site where hedgehogs can be released and so far we have had 4 hedgehogs who now live in the surrounding areas. The children love Andy Honman coming and this week he is coming with baby ducks, geese etc.
Big Battery Hunt
As a whole school we got on board with recycling batteries. We recycled 25,000 and one of our children won the monthly prize of an ipad. It was a great way to tell the children about how batteries damage our environment. Now we have set up a perminant recycling of batteries for all year in our school with the children taking the lead. Sorting and counting and taking to our nearest local Coop store.
Crisp clear up
Again we collected crisp packets to keep them from ending up in the ground. All classes were involved and a lesson was done on how to recycle them and why. This was a Walkers initative and we gave our crisp collection to another local school to team up.
Litter community pick
We did a big litter pick teice with our local counicil to clear the streets outside the school and looking at what we found have aksed for more waste bins to be placed along the street. As with the parents and children going in and out of school lots of rubbish was plastic pop bottles and sweet wrappers. This time we had help from a Womble....Orinoco.
What's Under Your Feet - March 2022
On Wednesday 16th March, the Garlinge Eco Reps investigated which invertebrates were in our soil. We split up into two groups and explored two different areas around the school. Overall, this is what we found: 13 worms 2 millipedes 1 spider 1 grub We discussed why we might have uncovered fewer invertebrates in our soil during this dig compared to our October dig. Our reps thought it might be due to the fact that we are just coming out of winter and all the invertebrates are not active at the moment. We really enjoyed delving into the soil beneath our feet and we hope that our findings are useful to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). We look forward to the next part of the campaign which will take place in June and are curious to see what other differences in the amount / types of invertebrates we will uncover...