Perry Hall’s eco programme, including our Go Green club and Eco Committee, provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness. We have found evidence of the positive impacts on pupils, including increased confidence, development of leadership skills, improved pupil well-being and behaviour and greater motivation at school.
As well as the pupil benefits, which have a hugely positive effect on the whole school community, Perry Hall has benefited by reducing our environmental impact. Our Eco Committee are working hard to litter pick, turn off lights and spread awareness to the rest of the school. We have started our own composting site in which all of our snack waste and pencil sharpening are turned into compost which can be used in our well-being garden. Through our collective efforts and support from charities, we are looking to expand our composting capabilities further to compost all of our school’s food waste, including from the kitchen.
At Perry Hall we have been achieved the highest Eco School award – the Green Flag. The passion and hard work that is shared between staff, volunteers and pupils has allowed us to make great strides in becoming an eco-friendlier school. We plan to continue this even further and we are constantly finding more ways in which we can help our planet and school even further.
Our children’s emotional well-being is extremely important to us here at Perry Hall. We want children who are successful, resilient learners but what is equally important to us is that they are healthy and content children, both mentally and physically, who are able to approach any challenge with positivity.
We have developed a new ‘well-being garden’ within the school grounds, with the help of some wonderful parent volunteers. As a school we came up with an action plan for what they would like to see in the garden and one of their ideas was to create a quiet place, where people can go and sit, rather than running around on the playground. The garden has also provides some sensory stimulation, so there is always lots to see, hear, feel, and smell. The children will all be offered the opportunity to help grow and harvest vegetables which will be used in cooking across the curriculum. The garden has also been awarded the RHS 5-star gardening award.