Our Children as Leaders
School Ground Work
Our 'Eco Warriors' asked if they could do some work to look after the school grounds: they were concerned about litter that had blown in and the effect on our school environment. Look at how pleased and proud they are of the amount of litter that they managed to pick up in a 45 minute period of time.
Mrs Ashley-Jones was very pleased to receive a letter to pass on to one of our Year 6 pupils, James. James wrote a letter to Chartwells (our school dinner provider) as he was not satisfied that they were making enough effort to cut back on single use plastics as we had requested and they had promised. The letter was forwarded onto the area manager. The school is really proud of James - a real campaigner in the making who has shown that actions speak louder than words. He really lived out our school vision and our values of hope and perseverance in your work. Well done!
The children were challenged to address the issues that have been highlighted by David Attenborough and are so important for all of our futures. They had to create artwork that demonstrated the issue of plastic in our oceans and seas. As we are a coastal school this is a very pertinent issue that can be witnessed every time they visit the beach. Their imagination and concern led them to explore this issue in many creative ways, culminating in two displays: one in school to educate their families and another at a community public display space in Whitstable. The understanding of this issue was thorough because the children took it to heart and wanted to make a difference. The display was not the end of the project as the awareness of one-use plastics has changed our school policies in the school kitchen, playtime snacks, lunchtime expectations and our Enterprise Week focus. Amazing learning led by dedicated children. We are very proud that we work as a team at Reculver to drive change. Our children truly use our school vision and values to influence the whole community to make it a better place.
The pupils at Reculver asked if we could do some work to recycle textiles. So we have started to Recycle with Michael! This scheme is facilitated by The Salvation Army’s Clothing Collection service. It is a nationwide scheme that aims to divert thousands of tonnes of unwanted items away from landfill. Yet again our children are helping us to be educated about the importance of reusing and recycling used clothes. Well done Team Reculver!
Last year, the School Council worked collaboratively with the Arts Council to help organise Enterprise Week. The children voted on the theme of upcycling plastic and held their first Parent Market Place to sell their creations, before opening up their classroom as stalls to sell to their peers.
The School Council also took part in a Forum for children and parents at Swalecliffe School where they took part in opening up discussions about their well-being at school and how schools can foster an attitude to support all children at all stages of their learning.