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International Eco-Schools Award | March 2, 2020

The Wildlife Garden
A photo of our Wildlife Garden

The school is extremely pleased to announce we have been awarded the International Eco-Schools Award for continued excellence in improving environmental performance and learning.

The assessor commented that:

The children and staff are amazing and have the Eco-Schools Ethos woven into everything they do. The school grounds where extremely tidy with great use of all available wall space to display the children’s work.

The wind turbine has a meter attached and I was shown how much energy it had produced over the weekend. A great tool to get the children thinking about renewable energy and sustainability.

On top of this take a look at some of the wonderful things we do at Richard Avenue regarding environmental learning and see some photos of our amazing school grounds.

Eco-Schools Certificate

Northumbria in Bloom Planters | July 17, 2019

Northumbria in Bloom pots
The finished pot in position in Sunderland.

RAPS Gardening club representative showing their skills of design and planting to the Northumbria In Bloom judges. Raising awareness of the importance of reducing plastic waste clogging up our oceans. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Green Flag Renewal Marine Homework Topic | April 29, 2019

The children collected rubbish and plastic from beaches.

Having previously achieved three Eco-Schools Green Flag awards and covered 9 of the Eco-Schools topics, the Eco-Committee at Richard Avenue Primary School decided to work on Eco-Schools England’s newest topic, Marine, for their Green Flag renewal.

Working with Sunderland City Council for the second year running, the children were asked to design and create large planters to be used in the cities busy shopping areas. The Eco-Committee worked with their school’s Art Club to produce eco-friendly planters that raised awareness of the problems plastic waste causes to our oceans and marine life.

The children then decided that as well as displaying art work, they also wanted to actively prevent further pollution: the upcoming school holidays were the perfect opportunity to do this. The Eco-Committee and Coordinator found a video clip from (the legendary) David Attenborough that highlighted plastic pollution in the oceans. This clip was shown in an assembly to the whole school and kicked off the holiday homework project.

Despite being lucky enough to live near very well maintained beaches, the children in Richard Avenue Primary School understand that every little helps!