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Hazelwood Integrated Primary and Nursery School

Eco Schools

This year is our 8th year as an Eco-School and we are hoping to receive our 4th Green flag. Here’s what we have been doing recently in Hazelwood with Eco-Schools.

More information about the Eco-Schools Programme can be found at http://www.eco-schoolsni.org/

Meet Fauna, our Eco Warrior Scarecrow.  She was Highly Commended in this year's IEF Garden Show.  Mrs Cunningham and the Gardening Club worked hard to make sure she was made completely from recycled materials.  Well done!

Visit IEF's Facebook page to see Fauna and the other Scarecrows in Antrim's Castle Grounds.

https://www.facebook.com/IntegratedEducationFund/photos/

Energy
We have been monitoring our solar panels to see how much energy we are saving. Have a look at our eco notice board in school to see our figures.

Here are some tips on how to save energy and how to reduce waste at home! http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/rrr.html

Mr Mc Daid’s class have been learning about renewable sources of energy. They made solar panel powered fans and also made wind powered buggies, which they raced in the playground.

We celebrated Earth Hour last month! We switched off all the lights in the school for one hour to highlight the importance of helping our world by saving energy.

Look how dark the main corridor was during Earth Hour!
Look how dark the main corridor was during Earth Hour!

Transport
This is our 2nd year in the Sustrans programme. We will soon be getting a new bicycle shelter in the P5-P7 playground. Johnny from Sustrans has kindly donated lots of prizes for the opening. So please ride your scooters or bikes to school and if your bike has a tag attached during the day - you have won a prize.

Wish you were able to carry out basic maintenance on your bike? Click on the link below = to find out how to do an M check on your bike.

Also watch out for upcoming Dr Bike sessions as an after school club.

Neon Nights 2016

We celebrated our first Sustrans event earlier in the year by having a Neon Nights event. Well done to everyone who took part.

Here is our eco council receiving our bronze Sustrans award in September from Johnny. Lets hope this September we will be receiving our Silver.

Litter
We are a litter free school. Please throw any rubbish in the bins around the school. Our pupils are often out collecting litter that blows in through the school gates.

P4 carried out an investigation into what makes up the litter in our school grounds. Apparently bottles were the most common items of litter found.

School Grounds
The gardening club have been trying to tidy up the school garden. They have planted trees, pulled up weeds and have even started to paint the shed. Lots more work to be done.

Biodiversity (wildlife):
Many of our classes have been making bird feeders and hanging it up around the school grounds. The gardening club made Minion bird feeders.

P2 made binoculars and went up to the woodland bird watching. They kept count of how many birds they saw for the RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch.

Hedgehogs are currently in decline across the UK. In the 1950’s there was approximately 36.5 million hedgehogs in Britain. Today it seems likely that there are fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left.


What can we do to help? Watch this YouTube video on how to help hedgehogs in your garden.

Visit www.hedghogstreet.org to find out more information on hedgehogs.

Space seeds
P6 are soon to be receiving their Rocket Seeds from RHS gardening. The pupils will grow approximately 200 seeds and monitor their growth. The purpose of the experiment is to see whether zero gravity affects the growth of seeds. To ensure it is a fair test some schools will be given seeds that have been in space and others will be given seeds that have remained on earth. The space seeds spent time on the International Space Station with scientist and astronaut, Sir Tim Peake.

Watch this space to see our seeds’ progress.

Watch a video from Sir Tim Peake by clicking on this link.

Our Space Seeds have arrived and are already beginning to grow in the P6 classrooms.

Our Eco Code 2015/2016

Our action plan 2015/2016