God has entrusted the world to us and we are stewards of His creation. This means that we should be taking responsibility for looking after our world. We have a number of ways that we do this at St Gregory’s but we are always encouraging our school community to look for other opportunities to care even better for our world and then spread the news to others. When each of us makes a little difference, together the impact is huge!
Here at St Gregory's we have been getting students, teachers and parents involved in recycling at school and at home. Recycling is good for the environment, educational and can be a lot of fun. For a greener future we have to educate our children at school and at home about the importance of recycling and the reasons behind it and that our actions make a difference. If we start the habit of recycling now our children will carry this on within their life time.
"Recycling turns things into other things, Which is like MAGIC"
Recycling / Helping the Planet
At school we recycle Paper, Plastic, Food Waste, Electronics Waste (from printer ink cartridges, to computers, to monitors). As a school we also ensure we:
• Use the front and back of copy paper for class assignments, then recycle it.
• Encourage students to use recycled materials in their art projects, from water bottles to paper and card, boxes etc.
• Encourage students and their families to walk or cycle to school more often. We as a school take part in “The Big Pedal” each year.
• Encourage lift share among parents and staff.
• Keep a scrap paper box in every classroom and in the School offices.
• Keep a printer ink recycle bin in the staff room.
• Run a "Planet Protectors" club for all children
• Reuse supplies where possible, use old newspaper and magazines for Art
• Upload work on our "Learning at Home" webpage rather than printing and sending home.
• Provide Editable PDF forms for parents
• Have posters throughout the school reminding children about recycling
At St Gregory’s we are looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and here is an easy switch that you might like to make. Everyday cleaning products in single use plastic trigger plastic bottles uses carbon and even if recycled, the process to do this uses more carbon. As we know, some plastics are dumped in the sea and others are burnt in incinerators or tipped into landfill.
So what can you do to lower your carbon footprint?
Well, this small cardboard box contains small sachets of cleaning products which can be dissolved in an empty trigger bottle and diluted with water. The box contains five different products and costs £10 from a company called Iron & Velvet with no postage and packing charge. The products smell wonderful and clean beautifully! They also come with individual labels for you to use on your old trigger bottles. Imagine if we all made the switch how much plastic we would avoid! Cleaning products are-kitchen anti-bacterial cleaner, bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, oven cleaner and glass cleaner.
Organic food composting
Even though we do our best to eat the food we are given, there is always some waste. Any food waste produced from our meals in school is taken away and composted down by a local company which also decreases food miles.
As you will see from our Monday menu choices, we are adopting “Meat-free Mondays.” Scientists are encouraging people to eat less meat because of the huge impact eating meat has on the planet and its contribution to the climate crisis we face. I do hope you will be supportive of our decision and talk to your children about why we have removed meat from the menu on Mondays. Pope Francis asks us to be stewards of God’s creation: looking after the world that has been entrusted to us and protecting it for future generations. One way that climate change groups say that we can act is to eat less meat in our diets. The school kitchen are helping us to do this by having ‘MEAT FREE MONDAY’. Please discuss this with your child and consider how you might be able to support us in this mission at home too.
Grow our own veg/fruit
Our EYFS love growing their own veg and fruit. In addition to learning topics where we learn specifically about growing, we also have growing areas within out outdoor spaces. At every opportunity we talk about and discuss where food comes from and the part we play in this.
We have a "Planet Protector" club after school for children termly.
Our Planet Protectors met once a week during the Autumn Term to discuss environmental issues and to find out about different events and initiatives aimed at raising awareness. We had lots of fun creating banners, taking part in climate change marches in the playground and making posters to display around the school to teach people ways they can help our planet.
Uniform Swap Shop/ Uniform Donation
This has been a hugely successful venture one which our parents love. Parents can bring in any uniform that no longer fits their child into school were they can donate. Any parent can come and take items their child needs. Our ‘vintage uniform shop’ is all the rage!
Here at school we have clothes bins outside of the main reception area where you can bring any unwanted clothing or footwear. This is then collected monthly.
The school has installed sensors on all lights in the school to automatically turn them off when the area is vacated. This is really important to save electricity.