Going for Green
Talking "Green Issues" has been the focus for several staff and Sixth Form students in the Academy recently. As part of the growing integration and collaboration between subjects, Science, Geography and Technology have been combining efforts to implement an environmental day for students as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) strategy. The focus will be to introduce elements of these key subjects in to all areas of the school both in lesson and through extra-curricular activities.
Alongside this, Sixth Form students have been busy during their Specialist Tutor Programme focusing on the newly established Churchill "Green Team" led by Mr Bevan. The Green Team are planning to get as many students involved with small scale and effective projects around the Academy, such as taking wildlife surveys through our expansive rural site, installing bird/bat boxes around the school through to recycling initiatives. In addition to this, the students have identified several key areas within the school that they would like to redevelop with a sustainable and environmentally friendly focus, with the aim to achieve a "Green School" status in the near future. More on this to follow...
Project with Keir
Recently, the Academy was approached by Kier group who are working on the environmental and ecological support and conservation of the new pipeline development running through the local area from Barrow Gurney to Cheddar reservoir. Kier had asked if we would be prepared to get involved as a school and involve students in various methods of wildlife monitoring and conservation. Of course we said YES! A meeting was held with key members of Kier, STEM teachers Mr Bevan, Miss Burrows and Mr Barham and Sixth Form representatives from the Green Team, Jack Young, Evie Maddaloni and Oceanne Shears. The outcome was extremely productive and highlights what a great initiative this will be for the school to be involved with, as the project will give the opportunity for many students throughout the school to gain new skills such as surveying, developing conservation strategies and establishing a nature / ecological area within the school. Over the coming weeks, Kier will be visiting students in the Green Team sessions, to deliver coaching on conservation and surveying of local wildlife, as well as establishing an official Churchill Academy ecological area.