We are so passionate at Ash Grange to educate all members of the school community about environmental understanding and actions to make the world a better place. Every child learns about the local, national and world environment through the national curriculum and half termly projects. In addition to this and there are opportunities to deepen and apply this knowledge throughout each day, regular routine activities and special events. We have a an Eco Council who are working towards the Eco School status with lots of wonderful plans for everyone to get involved with. Follow the links to find out more.
This is our pledge
The Big Plastic Count 2024
From the 11th to the 17th of March 2024, we will take part in The Big Plastic Count. We will collect and count all the plastic we throw away during the week. Feel free to join the count at home too! Visit this website to learn more and join. Let's start counting!
Rags 2 Riches
Look at all we've achieved so far this year for Ukraine and Ash Grange, thank you:
|Weight of bags donated
|Funds raised for Ash Grange
Money raised is being used for wet playtime boxes and playtime resources.
This year, we are joining the Rags 2 Riches campaign that collect items that will be sent to Ukraine for people to access affordable, clean clothes while we raise money for the school. This is a wonderful Eco and Community opportunity and the school earns 50p per kilo of donations.
3 times this year the children will be bringing home a bag to use for any items you wish to donate - Clothing, Jewellery/Accessories, pairs of shoes and footwear, belts and bags.
These items are allowed:
Please see the website for more information.
If you need more bags ask at the office, if you do not have any items just send the empty bag back for someone else to fill.
Eco School Status
We were delighted to achieve the Green Flag status in July 2022 and then we built on this in the last year to have achieved a Green Flag with Merit this year.
Here is the lovely message we received from the Eco Schools committee who reviewed our application:
We are very pleased to tell you that you and your Eco-Committee at Ash Grange Nursery and Primary School have been successful in meeting the requirements for the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.
We reviewed your application and noted the following:
We love your fair and inclusive approach to selecting Eco-Committee members and it’s wonderful to that see that they span a broad age spectrum. Giving your young people the opportunity to take meeting minutes gives them a strong voice and sense of ownership of their Eco-Schools work, whilst supporting them to develop excellent teamwork and communication skills. It's great to read that the Environmental Review helped your pupils appreciate everything that your school is already doing to benefit our environment and identify areas to work on in the future. The comments on your Environmental Review were thoughtful and gave our team a glimpse into the discussion that took place amongst young people. Great work everyone! We love the variety of activities that you and your Eco-Committee have included in the Action Plan, which will no doubt support with the development of multi-disciplinary skills. Your commitment to running an Eco Week shows how integrated environmentalism is in your school and is a great example of how to engage all pupils and staff. We’re really impressed by how broadly and creatively you’ve embedded environmental topics across your curriculum. This approach looks at the big issue of climate change in a holistic way. We particularly loved reading about how you are using literature as a vehicle for delivering your eco-topics and engendering a sense of compassion and respect for our planet and all its inhabitants. You have worked with a variety of different individuals and organisations, capitalising on their expertise and passion to enrich and inform your Eco-Schools journey. Getting involved with Water Aid, Surrey Wildlife and Terracycle is a great example of collaboration. Your ability and willingness to partnership is impressive! Your artistic and vibrant Eco-Board is a delight! It really helped to bring your Eco-Schools application to life – it’s a wonderful celebration of your eco-activity that will increase engagement from your school community. We hope all staff members involved in your Eco-Schools work take immense pride in the parent quote uploaded. Your hard work and dedication have inspired young people and empowered them with the belief that they can positively impact our planet – this is something incredibly special. Thank you for submitting such a terrific application. We have loved reading about your journey and are incredibly impressed by all that you have achieved this year both in school and in the wider community. We have no hesitation in awarding you an Eco-Schools Green Flag with Merit - congratulations!