Millbrook is committed to being an Eco-School where the principles of sustainable living are embedded into the heart of our school life.
We are delighted to introduce our Eco Warriors for 2020-21. This year we are challenging ourselves to build on our successes of last year to make our school and the environment more sustainable. Look out for news of the exciting projects we will be undertaking this year!
2020/21 School Council / Eco Warriors
Year 2 - Poppy & Grace
Year 3 – Olly & Faith
Year 4 - George & Emily
Year 5 - Ava B, Charlie M & Dexter
Year 6 - Molly, Yaqoub, Lexi & Chloe
The week of 8th July was Eco Week in school. Trudi, Iona and Faith, Year 5's Eco Warriors, planned exciting activities for all classes. They included: traffic surveys, bug hunts, learning about endangered animals and creating them out of junk modelling, collages and posters. Here are some photos.
After helping Tameside MBC produce a video for their Green Summit, we had the privilege of being invited to the Greater Manchester Green Summit on Monday. We were addressed by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Prince Charles! We met the leader of Tameside Council, Brenda Warrington, and discussed how our school is reducing its carbon footprint with no paper days and no power hours. We saw singing and dancing electric Tesla cars, and cars that run on hydrogen, took part in workshops about green careers and practised "Speaking Out" - finding out how to use our voices to speak to adults about what we want them to do about climate change! Finally, we visited different stands demonstrating how to get rid of waste. We really enjoyed our day at the Lowry!
On the last Friday in January, the whole school powered down for an hour. Each class had to take part in an activity that did not include the use of any technology (not even lights!). Some of the imaginative activities we took part in included baking in the dark, hotshots, drama and even maths!
In National Recycling Week, year 4 had a visit from Mike Robinson and Rebecca from Tameside Recycling. We learned how to sort our rubbish to make sure we recycle as much as we can. Year 4 look forward to sharing what they have learned with their parents and carers and other classes at school
Our Eco Warriors met with the school governors on Governor Open Morning to share the work that they have been doing to increase awareness of environmental issues. They gave a presentation, which they had previously given to the whole school following a 'Paper Free Friday', and then held a question and answer session.
The Eco Warriors had examined the school's paper usage over a normal school week and presented their findings and recommendations for reducing the amount of trees we consume, along with the energy and resources it takes to make paper. They considered home use as well in the forms of kitchen roll and tissue as well as printer paper.
We used recycled materials to create scarecrows to promote our harvest food collection.
Millbrook's Green Ambassadors visited Longley Lane Recycling Centre to see how household waste is sorted and recycled. The children learnt lots of useful facts which they are very keen to share with the rest of the school.