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Sixth Form students lead award-winning eco work

Redmaids receive Eco-Schools Bronze Award in recognition of our efforts to create a more environmentally sustainable school

We are delighted to announce that we have received the Eco-Schools Bronze Award in recognition of our efforts to create a more environmentally sustainable school. This is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning.

The award is testament to the hard work of our Sixth Form Environmental Captains – Loveday and Ania – and the team of students they have created around them, plus the whole school community which has supported their initiatives.

To qualify for the award, the girls formed an active Environment Committee, completed an environmental review and developed an action plan focused on three key areas: developing biodiversity in our school grounds, improving waste disposal and reducing energy consumption.

As Ania explained, “To help us achieve our biodiversity goals, we have worked closely with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

“To start with, we took part in the Big Schools Bird Watch to record the number and type of bird we currently have in the school grounds. Having held a whole-school ‘Design a Bird Box’ competition, we plan to install a number of boxes in the grounds, and will carefully review the impact they have.

“We are also working with Bristol Zoo, to help save lemurs from extinction, by sponsoring camera traps on the island of Madagascar and analysing the data they provide.”

To reduce waste at school, the Environment Committee called in the expertise of ‘Bristol Waste’. Improvements made include reducing the use of plastic across the site, and increasing the recycling. They are also encouraging girls to get involved in the Big British Spring Clean.

In terms of energy, Loveday can report that, “Following discussions with the Bursar, he has committed to looking at ways to ensure more of the school’s energy come from renewable sources, including solar panels. This is a longer-term goal, which we are pleased to have set in motion. We have also signed up to the Energy in Schools program to monitor our energy use and analyse this within the curriculum.”

As this is the first of three awards available, we are already looking towards achieving the Silver Award, and hope to go on to achieve the Green Flag Award.

“The girls have done some sterling work this academic year”, said Mr Cooper, Assistant Headteacher (Sixth Form and International), and the school is 100% behind them. It’s really important our students understand the challenges facing the environment, and take direct action themselves to help protect our planet.”

 

Date Posted: 02 April 2019
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